Breathing too deeply can do more harm than good

This is from DailyMail UK:


In fact, Professor Ian Macdonald, professor of metabolic physiology at the School of Biomedical Sciences in Derbyshire, warns breathing too deeply can do more harm than good.

‘Inhaling and exhaling too deeply can disturb the balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen in the body needed to neutralise the blood. This can cause light headedness and even make someone faint.’
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Mouth Breathing vs. Nose Breathing [shared]

Here’s an article from on mouth breathing vs. nose breathing.


Effects of Mouth Breathing

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, or AGD, mouth breathing is often a problem for allergy sufferers, who experience airway obstruction during allergy season and are unable to breathe through their noses. Mouth breathing can lead to poor oxygen concentration in the bloodstream, which can lead to more serious medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems, sleep apnea and other sleeping problems.


Mouth breathing can be especially detrimental in children, who may suffer abnormal facial and dental development as a result. Left untreated, mouth breathing may lead to narrow faces, crooked teeth or gummy smiles. The AGD also reports that children who breathe through their mouths typically have sleeping problems, which can lead to poor academic performance and is often misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. In a 2009 study performed at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, mouth breathers experienced higher rates of poor bite and misalignment of teeth.

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Negative impact of mouth breathing on children’s teeth development

This short video is an interview with ENT Dr. Madan Kandula discussing the negative impact of mouth breathing on children’s teeth development, and that’s exactly one of the topic that Buteyko Breathing Technique really addresses about. Mouth breathing children have a high potential of developing crooked teeth and abnormal jaw, which not only would require orthodontic works later on, but also become more prone to breathing related symptoms.

Asthma awareness month!


National Asthma and allergy awareness month

image credit: Asthma and Allergy foundation of America






Did you know that May is the Asthma and Allergy Awareness month?
And also that
 the first Tuesday of May is the Asthma Awareness Day set by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA)! Which would be May 7th for this year.

So, let’s use this as a reminder to check up our CP value again, and spend some time to review the Buteyko reduced breathing exercises. A couple nights of mouth taping would also be perfect for the theme! Just to make sure that the bad old habit of over breathing isn’t coming back again.


Side Sleeping May Reduce Risk of Stillbirth (From NY times)

In Buteyko Breathing Technique, one thing we emphasis besides the mouth taping is sleeping on your side, as sleeping on the side can help reduce our breathing volume. There are also many other studies that supports side way sleeping for various health benefits; this article from the New York Times discusses side sleeping benefit for the pregnant women.


side sleeping may reduce risk of stillbirth, image source:

Article begins:

If pregnant women in poor countries were advised to sleep on their sides, many stillbirths might be prevented, a new study suggests.

A graduate student’s summer project, the study is small — it included only 220 women interviewed about their sleep habits just after giving birth in one hospital in Ghana.

But because Ghana has such a high rate of stillbirth, said Louise M. O’Brien, the professor at the University of Michigan’s Sleep Disorders Center who oversaw the project, by Jocelynn Owusu, the conclusion seemed clear: If pregnant women avoid sleeping on their backs, 25 percent of all stillbirths in poor countries might be prevented.

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Private Session Class Syllabus (April 2013)

Session Syllabus

Buteyko Educator: Howard Tseng
Buteyko Breathing Training in greater Vancouver area in BC, Canada
(This is for reference only, actual session content may change depending on individual condition and progress. For private session, contents may be altered to better suit your need)

Week 1:
– Asthma
– How to breathe correctly: Deep breathing? Shallow breathing? Slow breathing?
– Monitor your progress: CP value
– How to unblock your nose
– Shhh! Close your mouth!

Week 2:
– Sleep Apnea and Snoring
– Cleansing Reactions
– Air Diet with reduced breathing

Week 3:
– Speaking using Buteyko
– Facial development in Children
– Air Diet

Week 4:
– Indoor exercise using Buteyko
– Nasal Irrigation
– Food

Week 5:
– Review
– Outdoor Exercise using Buteyko
– Air Diet

SHARE: “Learning to breathe (aged 41) finally got my asthma under control”

Here’s an article posted on UK’s daily mail, about how this lady controlled her asthma through breathing training.

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Few of us give a second thought to how we breathe.
But if we did, we’d probably think we should be breathing deeply and getting plenty of oxygen into our system.
In fact, if you have asthma, trying to inhale too much oxygen could make it worse, say experts.
This is because it can disturb the delicate balance of CO2 — carbon dioxide — in your lungs, which is crucial to the process of transporting oxygen around the body.
Too much CO2 sets up a vicious circle of worsening symptoms, which may lead to hospitalisation.
‘Quite often, asthma patients have to work harder to breathe, but if they work too hard — drawing in too much oxygen — their CO2 goes down, breathing gets harder and their chest gets tighter,’ explains Dr John Moore-Gillon, a spokesman for the British Lung Foundation.
‘Overbreathing can, in fact, affect anyone,’ he adds.
But it’s thought to be widespread in people with existing lung conditions such as asthma.
For them, not only are the effects more obvious, but they’re riskier as they are more prone to feeling wheezy and tight in their chests in the first place.
It can also be harder to get out of the cycle of tightness once it has started.
The difficulty is spotting the problem of overbreathing (known as Breathing Pattern Disorder, or BPD).
Dr Moore-Gillon says: ‘The symptoms — whether you have asthma or not — can be quite vague: a sort of muzziness in the head or tingling in the fingers.

Read the complete article on: DailyMail UK

Quick Update

This post was originally posted on on 18th-FEB-2013.

We’ll now be using wordpress for posting update for, our newly set up website for serving the Vancouver area. At the moment, will be managed by Dr. Hung Chen Tseng in Taiwan.

On Saturday (16th-Feb), Howard met with Buteyko Educator Chris Bauman from Victoria, at Dr. Edmund Liem’s dental office in Burnaby. It was the last session for a group of dentist learning Buteyko Technique to help patients with sleep apnea and snoring, as well as to reduce the chance of developing crooked teeth in children.