Science and media

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Isaac Asimov

Scientific research and publications in the media

In order to promote and properly present the Buteyko method, we list some research findings and publications in the media. You can find more information about the method on several websites, with some of them listed below.


Study title: Buteyko Breathing Technique for asthma: an effective intervention
Authors: Patrick McHugh, Fergus Aitcheson, Bruce Duncan, Frank Houghton
Source: Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 12-December-2003, Vol 116 No 1187

Results and conclusions:

  • No change in FEV1 was recorded in any group.
  • After six months, the Buteyko breathing technique (BBT) group showed a decrease of steroid inhalation by 50% and β2-agonists by 85%.
  • In the control group, the inhalation was unchanged and β2-agonist intake was reduced by 37% from the baseline.
  • BBT is a safe and efficient method for managing asthma. BBT has clinical and pharmaco-economic benefits and is worth studying further..



Study title: Buteyko breathing techniques in asthma: a blinded randomised controlled trial
: Simon D Bowler, Amanda Green and Charles A Mitchell
Source: Medical Journal of Australia, Vol 169, 7/21 December 1998:575-578.

Results and conclusions:

  • Asthma patients have an increased respiratory minute volume and lower partial pressure of CO2 compared to healthy people.
  • Patients from BBT group decreased their respiratory minute volume.
  • Reduction in medication use was proportional to the decreased minute volume.
  • The BBT group reduced the use of bronchodilators (relievers) by 96%
  • The BBT group reduced the use of anti-inflammatory medication by 49%
  • The BBT group exhibited an improvement in the quality of life
  • The BBT group did not show an improvement of the peak expiratory flow (PEF) or forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1).
  • The BBT group decreased their symptom frequency by 71%.

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