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Do you wish to improve your breathing and overall health? Buteyko Breathing Normalization will strengthen your respiratory, immune and nervous systems, increase energy and stop breathing difficulties. It does not have any negative side-effects! It is effective for adults and children.

breathing-normalization-method-book-coverWe help people to become healhy! Our programs can be taken online from anywhere in the world.
Breathing Center's (formerly Buteyko Center USA) successful work was featured in the New York Times and many other media channels. Please visit our About Us page for more information.

Start learning Buteyko Breathing Normalization the drug-free and holistic method:

We are certified Breathing Normalization Specialists trained by medical doctors at Clinica Buteyko Moscow.

We are also people helping people. We used to be sick, now we are healthy. We are happy to share our experience with you. We are not doctors and we do not treat any specific disease.

We educate people on the Buteyko Breathing Normalization method originated by K.P. Buteyko MD-PhD. In 1952, he made a revolutionary discovery: over-breathing is extremely dangerous and can triger various breathing problems and health issues. Breathing Center officially represents Russian patent holders of the Buteyko Method.

clientsBreathing Center has been helping people since January, 2009.

Our website displays hundreds of Testimonials of our clients who improved their health by improving their breathing. 

Our main office is located in Boulder, Colorado.

Breathing Normalization Specialists work with people online and in person all over the world. 

No one is too young or too old to improve her or  his breathing. 

why-usBreathing Center is the exclusive representative of Clinica Buteyko (Moscow, Russia)

Without normalizing your breathing, you will not be able to defeat a disease. Your immune system will remain weak and many other systems will be off balance. As a result, you might feel tired, even depressed, ill and will have to take various medication. The Buteyko Breathing Normalization method will set you free. Sixty years of its application under medical supervision in Clinica Buteyko in Moscow has proved this. Breathing Center officially offers this unique method in the USA and other countries.

Articles Regarding Buteyko Medical Trials:

"Investigating the Claims of Konstantin Buteyko, M.D., Ph.D.: The Relationship of Breath Holding Time to End Tidal CO2 and Other Proposed Measures of Dysfunctional Breathing."
Rosabla Courtney and Marc Cohen
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2008), 14 (2): 115-123.

"British Guideline on the Management of Asthma."
British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
(2008) Guideline No. 101. Edinburgh:SIGN.

"Complementary Therapy use by Patients and Parents of Children with Asthma and the Implications for NHS
Care: a Qualitative Study.”
Shaw, Alison, Thompson, Elizabeth A., Sharp, Debbie
BMC Health Services Research (2006), 6:76.

“Buteyko Breathing Technique for Asthma: an Effective Intervention.”
McHugh, Patrick, Aitcheson, Fergus, Duncan, Bruce, and Frank Houghton
The New Zealand Medical Journal (2003), 116(1187).

“Effect of Two Breathing Exercises (Buteyko and Pranayama) in Asthma: a Randomised Controlled Trial.”
S. Cooper, J. Oborne, S Newton, V Harrison, C Thompson, S Lewis, and A Tattersfield.
Thorax (2003), 58(8): 674–679.

“A Clinical Trial of the Buteyko Breathing Technique in Asthma as Taught by a Video.”
A. J. Opat,, M. M. Cohen , M. J. Bailey, and M. J. Abramson
Journal of Asthma (2000), 37(7): 557-564.

“Buteyko Breathing Techniques in Asthma: A Blinded Randomised Controlled Trial.”
Bowler, Simon D., Green, Amanda, and Charles A Mitchell
Medical Journal of Australia (1998), 169: 575-578. 

Theory of the Buteyko Method

K.P. Buteyko and doctors who leaned the Buteyko MethodK.P. Buteyko, L.D. Buteyko and their students - doctors learning the Buteyko Method 

Written by K.P. Buteyko MD:

Thirty-eight years ago, I announced that a great number of widespread diseases triggered by the lifestyle of our civilization (i.e., bronchial and vasomotor spasms, allergic reactions, etc.) have a common cause: hyperventilation (excessive breathing). I realized that decreasing and thus normalizing the air intake can lead to an individual's recovery. Scientific studies, as well as the basic laws of physiology, biochemistry, and biology, have confirmed this hypothesis. Here are the general postulates of my theory:

When an excessive amount of air is consumed, a large amount of carbon dioxide is removed from the organism, consequently reducing the CO2 content of the lungs, blood, and tissue cells. A hyperventilation-caused CO2 deficiency produces pH alkaline shifts in the blood and tissue cells. The pH shifts interfere with all protein (about 1000 in all) and vitamin (about 20) activity, altering the metabolic processes. Therefore, when the pH level reaches the value of 8, the metabolic disorders can cause death.

A CO2 deficiency also causes spasms in the smooth muscles of the bronchi, cerebral and circulatory vessels, intestines, biliary ducts, and other organs. In the late 19th century, Bronislav Verigo, a Russian scientist from Perm, discovered a peculiar relationship: when CO2 diminishes from the blood, oxygen binds with hemoglobin and impairs the transport of oxygen to the brain, heart, kidneys, and other organs. In other words, the deeper the breathing, the less oxygen reaches vital organs in the body. This statement forms the basis of my discovery, one that has gone underappreciated until now. This dependency, presented by Verigo, was suppressed and ignored. At the same time, Christian Bohr, a Swedish scientist, made a similar discovery. Later on, this became known as the Bohr effect.

Hypoxia (oxygen deficiency) in the brain caused by deep breathing triggers intense bronchial and cardiac spasms. Hypoxia in vital organs is counter-balanced by the rise in arterial tension (artery hypertension), which enhances blood circulation and provides the organs with blood. Oxygen starvation, when combined with hyperventilation, causes a false feeling of air deficiency, excites the respiratory center, intensifies breathing, and contributes to the progression of disease.

A CO2 deficiency in the nerve cells excites all of the structures in the nervous system, thus making the process of breathing even more intense. As a result, oxygen starvation in nerve cells, in combination with metabolic malfunctions and an over-excited nervous system, brings about mental disorders, destroys the nervous system (sclerosis of cerebral vessels), and, finally, causes a deterioration of an individual's physical and mental health.

Disorders brought about by deep breathing are aggravated by factors such as environmental pollution, pesticides, and other chemicals that are found in nutritional products. If we assume this, then the basic principles of Western medicine—the remedial and preventative measures that commonly use deep-breathing methods—just add to the development of diseases. Strenuous exercise and drugs, which relax the bronchi and blood vessels (thus increasing the removal of CO2 from the body), do not improve a patient's condition, but only worsen it.

This is precisely why diseases triggered by the modern environment go untreated and are so widespread. The discovery of the fact that the main cause of such diseases is hyperventilation proves (through experiments) the fallacy of the existing remedial methods and principles.

A hyperventilation test serves as decisive evidence that this method is effective. For example, a patient is offered to deepen his breathing and evaluate the result of the well-known command, "Take a deep breath." Within a few seconds or minutes, this deep breathing test will trigger or increase pathological symptoms. Meanwhile, a reduction of the depth of respiration will remove the symptoms almost at the same rate. Thus, the only effective principle for prevention and treatment is to reduce the depth of breathing, thus allowing normal respiratory function to be restored.

This is the basis for the development of volitional control of hyperventilation. The essence of the technique is for a patient, through willfulness and diligence, to lessen his depth of breathing by relaxing the respiratory muscles until he feels a slight air deficit. Adults and children over three years old can use this method. The method can also be used in obstetrics for expecting mothers and their newborns to teach children healthy physiological principles.

This theory is also directly applicable to space medicine, surgery (preparation for surgical intervention), pedagogy, training of singers and athletes, and more. Medicine, just like other branches of science, requires a comprehensive restructuring. The author considers his ideas, along with other progressive approaches, which have been ignored, as a foundation for the medicine of the future. The top priority is to provide people with information about this method in order to stop the propaganda of deep breathing in the mass media and to remove deep breathing exercises from health care. The method developed by the author will succeed when every human being realizes that his inborn greediness (which applies to breathing) is the cause of diseases and disasters.

Letter About Asthma by K.P. Buteyko MD

Buteyko Method and Asthma

Two hundred years ago asthma was considered a mild ailment. Having asthma generally meant having a long life free of other diseases. However, no one could explain how asthma prevented other ailments or why asthmatics lived longer than others. Today, we know that asthma is not an ordinary disease.

Bronchospasm, the main component of asthma, acts as a protective mechanism, helping to maintain biological constants and important functions at near normal levels.

We have also learned that asthma or bronchospasm cannot exist unless the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) level in the lungs is abnormally low. Since the metabolic and immune systems can function correctly only if the CO2 level is normal, the limit of the asthmatic's CO2 level protects him or her and allows for a long and healthy life. It is this powerful defense mechanism that provides the asthmatic with an improved biological system. Evidently, bronchospasm is one way the organism has adapted to its environment.

Modern drug treatment for asthma is aimed at neutralizing this protective mechanism. The organism then fights back again and again with more intensive bronchospasms leading to a rapid deterioration of the asthma from drug treatment. It is not possible to cure asthma by removing a protective mechanism like broncospasm. Only when the condition responsible for the bronchospasm is removed, can asthma be reversed.


Buteyko Breathing Method: Improve Your Breathing And Health


Over-breathing, or hyperventilation, reduces oxygen delivery to the brain, heart, kidneys and other vital organs; creates spasms in various systems; damages metabolism and the functioning of the nervous, cardio-vascular, respiratory and immune systems. Over time, hyperventilation will gradually destroy a person's health and in some cases it can even be lethal. 

Here at Breathing Center, we teach how to restore a person's health by reducing or eliminating excessive breathing. This method is based on the ground-breaking findings of K. P. Buteyko, MD who discovered that the improvement of breathing leads to significant improvement in the functioning of immune, nervous, digestive, respiratory and other bodily systems. His discoveries were confirmed by sixty years of the application of Buteyko Breathing Method under medical supervision in Clinica Buteyko in Moscow. Clinica Buteyko and the patent holders of the Buteyko method granted the Breathing Center official rights to teach it.

People who apply Buteyko Breathing Normalization overcome various diseases, such as asthma, COPD, allergies, rhinitis, hypertension, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and eczema – just to name a few (see the full list of reversible conditions). There are thousands of people all over the world who are living proof that Dr. Buteyko's approach works. Breathing Normalization Specialists are health coaches who teach people how to restore their health by improving their breathing and altering their lifestyle. Our practitioners work in person or via the Internet.

Wherever you are in the world, if your wish is to improve your breathing and health, we can help you – just contact us.The best way to learn this method is by enrolling in one of our Breathing Normalization programs. Please visit our Training page to see the programs designed for individuals, families, groups and various budgets as well. During these programs, the specialist determines causes of hyperventilation, and creates a plan for altering the students' lifestyle – in order to improve their breathing and health. The Breathing Normalization Practitioner also teaches a student the breathing exercises, which are foundational to this method.These exercises create numerous positive physiological shifts in the body. Normally, after the completion of a Breathing Normalization program a person feels more energetic and their regular needs for sleep and food become naturally reduced since their body starts functioning more efficiently. Our Level 1 Buteyko Breathing Normalization training is the most effective way to learn the many aspects of Dr. Buteyko's method, which helps adults and children. We also have many other educational programs and products. For the full list, please visit our online store.

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