Buteyko Breathing Technique

Hey there insiders!

Breathing! Right? I know.

Have you ever paid attention to your breath? Is it quick and shallow? Long and deep? Through your nose? Through your mouth?

Is it Buteyko breathing?

In this post I am going to take a quick look at Buteyko breathing, which is a technique developed by Konstantin Buteyko. He claimed that this breathing method, known as Buteyko Breathing Technique (BBT) could cure more than one hundred different diseases – although substantial research seems to be lacking.

Check out this short BBT exercise to get a feel for the technique if you aren’t familiar:

So how did Buteyko develop BBT anyway? Joseph Albietz writes:

“One night in 1952, as he stood alone staring out at the night sky and contemplating his illness, he was dazzled by a bright light, and that “in the midst of his impending demise” he noticed that he was breathing heavily as was struck with the revelation that the heavy breathing he was experiencing was not a symptom, but the cause of his problems. He intentionally slowed his breathing, and as he did so, he felt immediately better. Following this revelation we are told that he went around the hospital telling people to breathe more slowly and that they immediately felt better as well. Based on these experiences he created the Buteyko Breathing Technique.”

Across the internet you can find claims for and against BBT’s healing potential. An article on NY Times describes Dr. Buteyko’s theory regarding how BBT was effective in treating asthma:

“Dr. Buteyko concluded that hyperventilation — breathing too fast and too deeply — could be the underlying cause of asthma, making it worse by lowering the level of carbon dioxide in the blood so much that the airways constrict to conserve it.”

Have you ever personally tried this breathing technique, or do you know someone who has? I’d love to hear your experience in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by the well!

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