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By, pat Bass, MD, reviewed by, sanja Jelic,. Updated October 31, 2017, buteyko breathing is a non-medical form of therapy which proposes to use specific breathing exercises to improve asthma and other respiratory disorders.
It is similar in many ways to a form of breathing used in yoga, called pranayama, which also uses breathing exercises as a means to "treat" respiratory illnesses.
Buteyko breathing was developed in the 1950s by a Ukrainian physiologist named Konstantin Buteyko, who believed that numerous illnesses were caused by hyperventilation or a chronically increased respiration rate. It is highly unorthodox belief with few medical supporters.
Despite this, Buteyko breathing has been embraced by some as a form of breath control, improving respiratory function through the daily practice of nasal breathing, breath holding, and monitored inhalation and exhalation.
Benefits of the Buteyko Method, while there is no evidence that Buteyko breathing can improve lung function or alter bronchial responsiveness (the way in which the body responds to asthma triggers some studies have suggested that it may alleviate symptoms of an attack and reducenot. People who use the technique will often report having a better sense of well-being chrome and an overall improved quality of life.
This mission may be attributed, in part, to the positive association between "self-healing" and self-control. Asthma, by its very nature, is associated with the lack of control of one's own body. By engaging in mindful breathing, a person can regain at least a portion of that control and, by doing so, will be less anxious when an attack does occur.
How to Perform Buteyko Breathing Exercises.
To perform the exercises correctly, you will need a comfortable chair and quiet room. There should be as few distractions as possible, and the temperature should neither be too cold nor too hot.
Buteyko breathing is best performed either before eating or at least two hours after eating.