NormalBreathing Method vs. Buteyko Breathing Technique: What is the Buteyko method?

In this video below, Dr. Artour Rakhimov discusses this topic: What is the Buteyko method?

Note. There are hundreds of medical studies that have proved that:

  1. Overbreathing or chronic hyperventilation is a common state of people with chronic health problems or diseases of civilizations (such as asthma, COPD, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.).
  2. Chronic hyperventilation causes reduced oxygen delivery to body cells leading to numerous abnormalities related to fundamental physiological processes and chemical reactions in the human body.

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After teaching the Buteyko method to tens or hundreds or thousands of their students, any Buteyko breathing teacher can say that, in over 97% of people, restoration of normal breathing means reversal of chronic diseases, absence of symptoms, and no need for medication. But how can we define the Buteyko technique?

While many sources provide simple answers related to the definition of the Buteyko method, these are not easy questions. Which exact tools can be considered as a part of the Buteyko method?

Should we teach it exactly the way how Dr. Buteyko taught his breathing retraining technique or should we make some changes while applying breathing retraining on our students?

There are 4 different criteria or approaches that can be used to answer our main question:

1. Anything that within the main idea of the method: the cause of chronic health problems is overbreathing (low CO2 in the lungs); the direction to go is to increase CO2 in the alveoli of the lungs by reducing ventilation). The Buteyko Table of Health Zones reflects healthy states and stages of diseases.

2. “Back to Nature idea”: the method is about restoration of those lifestyle factors that were common during the main (or earlier) part of human evolution.

3. A specific fixed set of methods. Probably those that was originally used by Buteyko and his colleagues (the classical method)

4. Not specific methods and techniques (tools), but specific practitioners or closest people… (those who are better certified or spent more time with Dr. Buteyko, etc.)

5. Something that has to be evolving but is based on the main ideas suggested by Dr. Buteyko.

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