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Buteyko breathing technique

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Buteyko breathing training, Buteyko Institute Method, Buteyko technique, Eucapnic breathing technique, Eucapnic Buteyko breathing.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • The Buteyko breathing technique (BBT) consists of breathing techniques, relaxation exercises, and asthma education, all of which are designed to reduce hyperventilation. The technique originated in Russia in the 1950s and has since been adapted for use elsewhere.
  • BBT is most commonly used to treat asthma and other respiratory conditions. There is some evidence from randomized clinical trials to suggest that BBT may be beneficial in reducing conventional medication use in patients with asthma, particularly in those using high levels of reliever medication. Studies have failed to show changes in objective measures of respiratory function, such as Forced Expiratory Volume in one second (FEV1) and bronchial responsiveness to methacholine, as a result of BBT.

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References

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