Asthma is a reversible lung condition, not a disease.
The Buteyko Breathing Method is by far the most effective asthma management
plan in the world today; it is more effective than any other form of
complimentary medicine and can begin to reverse the symptoms of asthma
within a few days of starting a programme.
Extensive patient based medical trials throughout the world have scientifically
proven that considerable reductions in asthma medication can safely
be achieved and sustained using the exercises taught during a Buteyko
course, and a greater quality of life achieved, with an increase in
energy, more restful and deeper sleep.
The method is completely safe, and the exercises taught are all easily
done sitting comfortably in a chair. Full instructions are given over
a period of five days and usually during this time clients begin to
gain tangible benefits and relief from their symptoms.
There was once a theory that people grew out of their asthma, but now
this is known to be untrue, what actually happens is that the asthma
can go into remission for a number of years and may return at a time
of trauma or life changes; which can be a key factor in the return of
asthma symptoms, or trigger the beginning of what is know as ‘late
onset of asthma.’ This is due to the stress response in the body,
which in turn leads to hyperventilation or overbreathing, which is the
one single main factor in the cause of asthma.
How the Buteyko method works is by putting the clients asthma naturally
into remission by gently increasing the levels of carbon dioxide in
the body. Carbon dioxide acts as a natural bronchodilator by relaxing
all the smooth muscle in the body, especially the muscles of the respiratory
system. Over a longer period of time the clients breathing normalises
and the likelihood of asthma symptoms occurring again become less and
less. In most cases people are usually able to reduce the amount of
medication they use considerably, and live a much healthier and more
relaxed life without the burden and worry of the debilitating effect
that asthma has on their lives.
Given the fact that people live such busy lives these day, most people
want a quick fix so that they can simply get on with their lives again,
but when that quick fix lasts for years with long term, ongoing financial
costs, and unknown physical costs, the so called ‘quick fix’
of medication begins to show its true colours.
People often ask the question why there are so many new cases of asthma
in the world today, with the UK topping the bill with the highest counts
of asthmatics anywhere, costing the healthcare system several million
pounds each year. The answer is simple: our lifestyles have changed,
people eat richer foods and more ‘junk’ food, take less
exercise, live in overheated housing and work places, often wear too
many clothes, spend too little time outside in the fresh air, drink
too little water, all of which lead directly to hyperventilation or
overbreathing, which simply exacerbates asthma.
Of course there is one other major factor involved: Evolution. As life
was evolving on the planet several million years ago, carbon dating
shows us that there was a lot more CO2 in the lower atmosphere where
we breathe than there is now, back then there was approximately 7%,
now in the modern world, despite the increase in greenhouse gases, there
is still only 0.03%, which means that as living beings we need to retain
about 6% in our systems to stay healthy. For most people in the modern
world, their level of carbon dioxide is likely to be lower than this,
due to what professor Buteyko termed hidden hyperventilation or overbreathing.
When clients overbreathe they throw out the blood gas balance, in other
words they breathe in too much oxygen and out too much carbon dioxide,
and the end result is that they begin to suffer physical symptoms. If
a client has a genetic predisposition to asthma, in other words a person
has inherited the asthma gene, then low CO2 levels will induce asthma
symptoms, until breathing is normalised.
Other conditions such as hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Panic Attacks
(Hyperventilation Syndrome), Hayfever, sinus problems, such as Sinusitis,
Rhinitis, lung conditions like COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease),
such as bronchiectasis (scaring of the lung tissue), and emphysema (Permanent
Lung Damage), and sleep disorders such as Insomnia and Sleep Apnoea
can all be greatly relieved using the Buteyko method.
This again is based on the simple premise that with a gentle and steady
increase in carbon dioxide in the body, using the Buteyko breathing
method, all the body’s smooth muscle, (which is replete in the
body, and can be found in any hollow such as the Respiratory System,
the Circulatory System, except for the smallest capillaries, the Digestive
System, the Urinary and Reproductive System’s), responds positively
It doesn’t take much to imagine the effect this must have on the
body overall if the body is generally more relaxed at a deeper level.
A further biochemical result of having more CO2 in the system is a greater
diffusion of oxygen into the cells of the body. With more oxygen available
to the cells of the body, all the systems in the body begin to become
healthier and operate more efficiently, the clients energy level increases
and a greater sense of wellbeing is felt.
As was stated at the start, asthma is a reversible lung condition that
can easily and safely be reversed by using this simple breathing method.
In short, what have you got to lose, except your asthma symptoms!