Breathing Retraining and Buteyko Method Improve Body Oxygen

Here is another innovation and development introduced for the NormalBreathing course in comparison with the old or traditional Buteyko method taught by Soviet doctors during 1970’s and later in the 20th century.

Since 2008, promotion of the NormalBreathing course has been based on the idea of improved oxygen levels in cells, tissues and organs of the human body.

In the past, since 1960s and until the firts decade of the 20th century, the first impressions related to of the Buteyko technique (in new people) were based on hearing about:
– The Buteyko breathing method
– Importance of CO2 (carbon dioxide)
– Breathing less air
– VEDB (Volitional Elimination of Deep Breathing): this was the name used in the USSR and later in Russia for the Buteyko technique
– Fighting with hyperventilation or chronic overbreathing.

For example, in the Buteyko Lectures (1969 and 1972, Moscow State University), ideas related to improved oxygen levels in cells and tissues of the human body were provided only after these initial topics (see above) were introduced. But, for Dr. Buteyko and his medical colleagues, improved body oxygenation had a secondary role.

This approach was common for probably all Buteyko teachers and practitioners until 2008. Here is how the new method of promotion started.

Message-ID: <BLU149-W44C3FA5942386F87CD4A7E927C0@phx.gbl>
From: Artour Rakhimov <artour_rakhimov XXX @>
Subject: RE: [BPSN] A better way to promote the Buteyko method
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 23:55:13 +0000
Dear group,
Virtually all Buteyko organizations, trainees, and practitioners, when are asked or write about the mechanism of the Buteyko method, speak about CO2 and/or breathing less. This immediately associates, in minds of listeners, with less oxygenation, self-suffocation, and very limited applications of the method. Why? Tissue hypoxia is one of the key factors in cancer, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and many other disorders. People are trying to get more oxygen: oxygenated drinks and foods, special machines to breathe pure oxygen, pure O2 24/7 for the some severely sick people, etc.
Obviously, Buteyko is not useful then. As a result, any Buteyko practitioner will tell you that only a few per cent of new people understand and accept our main ideas [I am not talking here about a small group of people, who go to our talks, lectures, or decide to take a course]. Thus, over 90% of people believe that the method is something limited/weird and not for treatment of many diseases.
The situation can be drastically changed, if we start with a simple truth: the method improves body oxygenation. This approach can be based on discussion of better oxygenation, the CP (as the index of oxygenation), and lifestyle factors that increases tissue oxygenation. The central questions here are: How should we breathe for maximum body oxygenation? What is the optimum 24/7 breathing pattern?
If oxygen and oxygenation are mentioned about 10 times before we say anything about CO2 or breathing less, the attitude towards the method is very different. While not all people decide to take a course, the reasons of refusal will be based not on poor acceptance of the method, but on individual excuses of people. Instead of being aggressive and trying to find flaws in the method and/or the practitioner, most people become defensive. This should be considered as a victory. Moreover, I found it much easier to speak about oxygenation without any fear of being rejected (Who would reject better oxygenation!?).
Even the changed title of the method “Buteyko self-oxygenation therapy”, or “Buteyko medical oxygenation therapy” in our ads and articles, will help us to promote the method faster and have more students. Moreover, it will be much easier for our students, instead of trying to promote heavy breathing-less science, to convince their friends and relatives. This is another huge advantage of this approach.
Best wishes, Artour.

[End of the quote.]

This approach also changed the way students learn about the CP (Control Pause) test. The quote by Dr. Buteyko related to the CP test and body oxygen levels were to be later used in many sources.

Message-ID: <BLU149-W52F1CEE3A50FDE06CDAA4C927F0@phx.gbl>
From: Artour Rakhimov <artour_rakhimov XXX @>
Subject: RE: [BPSN] A better way to promote the Buteyko method
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 19:47:12 +0000
PS. This Buteyko’s quote nicely fits into the O2 approach:
“Oxygen content in the organism can be found using a simple method: after exhalation, observe, how long the person can pause their breath without stress.” Dr. Buteyko K. P., Public lecture in the Moscow State University on 9 December 1969 [in Russian], published in the Soviet national journal “Nauka i zhizn” (Science and life), Moscow, Issue 10, October 1977.

Here are examples of promotion in NormalBreathing books: the small book was publisged in a paperback format with the title “Oxygenate yourself: breathe less” ISBN-13: 978-0-9545996-8-3 (94 pages; 2009). See this URL:

Its electronic title can be found on the Homepage of NormalBreathing site in 2008:

Promotion related to the CP as the body oxygen test

The web page about the CP test had this title and subtitle in 2009:
How to measure CP, breathing, and body oxygenation (DIY)

Advantages of the better body oxygen approach

This idea or innovation (to promote the Buteyko method starting with better body oxygenation) probably increased growth and promotion of the method by about 2-5 times. Thus, NormalBreathing website, its small book and the CP web page were all oxygen-oriented since 2009.

Thus, unlike all Soviet and Western Buteyko courses that were based on CO2 or breathing less, and its pages and books became first sources that based their promotion of the Buteyko method and breathing retraining on better body oxygen levels.

This YouTube videos features Dr. Artour Rakhimov explaining the appearance of this oxygen-oriented approach in promotion and introduction of the Buteyko method and breathing retraining to new people and potential students.