The Buteyko method is a process for altering breathing patterns that, ostensibly, creates positive health effects. The positive health effects from using Buteyko vary according to which Buteyko source is consulted, but may include relieving allergies, stuffy nose, sleep apnea, anxiety, fatigue, and asthma — and even more.
Some Buteyko advocates claim that much, if not all, bad health is a direct result of poor breathing patterns that causes too much oxygen intake and / or hyperventilation. So… if we correct our breathing then a variety of positive health effects are sure to follow.
I personally had not heard of Buteyko — named after its creator, eastern European medical doctor Konstantin Buteyko — until watching a video endorsement from spiritualist Ram Dass (see the video Here). Dass is someone I respect greatly, and someone I’ve learned a great deal from, and so if he should endorse something I will listen with genuine interest, and also investigate.
After investigating the Buteyko method I can say, honestly and confidently, that something positive does come from using this technique. I cannot absolutely say that it cures all of the ills some claim it does, though it may. What I can endorse Buteyko for is an improved overall sense of body wellness, more calm, and perhaps a greater level of physical energy.
Let me add that, I believe, maximum effects from Buteyko come through consistent effort — this isn’t a one shot and you’re done process; it’s a daily exercise, typically for fifteen to twenty minutes at a time. Additionally, Buteyko isn’t necessarily an easy exercise. Buteyko is a breath reduction technique that aims to reduce oxygen intake. What this means, essentially, is breath constriction.
Ever had your air intake reduced? This is not a comfortable, or pleasant, sensation for most people. I don’t want to turn this into some nightmare scenario: nothing in proper Buteyko is going to cause you to suffocate. The process, when done correctly, involves progressively reducing air intake at a comfortable pace.
The reduction in air intake reduces oxygen blood levels and increases carbon dioxide blood levels and this, in some combination and manner, produces positive body effects. Again, I endorse Buteyko for some positive effects but cannot confirm — nor deny — improvement in a variety of health issues as has been claimed.
Here is, basically, how Buteyko is used: the mouth is kept closed, air is brought in through the abdomen and then released through a relaxed letting go (rather than an intentional exhale). That is the essence of it, though I do recommend deeper investigation through books, a class or seminar, or through working with a Buteyko practitioner.
Find a recommended Buteyko breathing method resource Here.