Asthma

We know that constantly taking medicines is not good for our health in the long run, especially if the drug contains steroids. Yet, many adults and children who have asthma, don’t have an option. Some of them even have to take the medication for the rest of their life. Not only they are forbidden from physical or sports activities that they like, they live in the fear that at any moment they could develop an asthma attack.

What most people, even the doctors, don’t realize, is that you have another choice.

If you want, you could take control of your own symptoms. Take control of your asthma.

VIDEO CLIP: BBC News on Buteyko Breathing Technique for Asthma

BBC on Buteyko Breathing Technique

Buteyko breathing technique achieves medium to large improvements in asthma symptoms and reductions in reliever medications.

– The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), United States

Clinical Trials showing Reduction in Medication for Asthmatics with Buteyko Breathing Technique

Mater Hospital, Brisbane (1) Gisborne Hospital (2) Nottingham Buteyko study (3) Gisborne Hospital Children study (4)
Reduction of Reliever Medication 95% 85% 100% 66%
Reduction of Inhaled Steroid 49% 50% 41.5% 41%

References:
(1) Bowler SD, Green A, Mitchell CA. Buteyko breathing technique in asthma: a blinded randomised controlled trial. Med J Aust. 1998;169:575 8. URL: http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/xmas98/bowler/bowler.html.

(2) McHugh P, Aitcheson F, Duncan B, Houghton F. Buteyko breathing technique for asthma: an effective intervention. N Z Med J. 2003;116(1187). URL: http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/116-1187/710/

(3) Cooper S, Oborne J, Newton S, et al. Effect of two breathing exercises (Buteyko and pranayama) in asthma: a randomised controlled trial. (asthma clinical studies) Thorax. 2003;58:674 9.

(4) McHugh P, Aitcheson F, Duncan B, Houghton F. Buteyko breathing technique and asthma in children: a case Series. (asthma clinical study) NZMJ 19 May 2006, Vol 119 No 1234. URL: http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1234/1988/