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FAQs: About K.P. Buteyko MD and Breathing Normalization


Q: Who is K. P. Buteyko MD?

A: Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko (1923–2003) was a Ukrainian-born medical doctor and scientist who made multiple paradigm-shifting discoveries about human health and disease. Based on his discoveries and subsequent research, he developed a treatment system—which we call the Breathing Normalization method that eliminates the root cause of many common health issues. You can read more about K. P. Buteyko MD here.


Q: What did K. P. Buteyko MD, discover?

A: Dr. Buteyko’s most famous discovery was that chronic pulmonary hyperventilation is the root cause of many diseases. This discovery is discussed in depth during Breathing Normalization course (Level I). Dr. Buteyko also made several other important discoveries about human health, which are addressed in detail in our Breathing Normalization course Level II.


Q: What is the Breathing Normalization?

A: Throughout his five decades of medical practice and research, K. P. Buteyko, MD, developed and refined a holistic treatment in order to address chronic pulmonary hyperventilation, which he saw as the root cause of many health issues. Originally named the “Voluntary Elimination of Deep Breathing Method,” the Breathing Center has modified this system and renamed it “Breathing Normalization.” Here, K. P. Buteyko MD, presents his method in his own words.


Q: What diseases can be treated with Buteyko Breathing Normalization?

A: Throughout his medical career, Dr. Buteyko helped many people to overcome breathing difficulties and other health issues. These include diseases of the cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immune, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal, and urinary systems. Here, you can find the full list of Reversible Diseases as compiled by K. P. Buteyko MD, which is presented in its original form.


Q: What are the Breathing Exercises?

A: The Breathing Exercises are the core element of the Breathing Normalization method. Dr. Buteyko and doctors from Clinica Buteyko Moscow developed and refined these all-important “breathing reduction” exercises over many years. Objectively speaking, these exercises create important biochemical shifts in multiple body systems (primarily the respiratory, metabolic, immune, cardiopulmonary, and nervous systems) that promote healing and regeneration. Subjectively, they create a feeling of calm and restfulness. When practiced diligently, the Breathing Exercises normalize breathing and create optimal health.

Please be advised: We strongly recommend practicing the breathing exercises only under the supervision of a Breathing Normalization Specialist. This is due to the fact that working on your own, or with an unskilled practitioner, can be risky to your breathing and health.


Q: How quickly will my health start to improve with the Breathing Normalization method?

A: Health improvement with the Breathing Normalization method is different for every person. However, in general, many people experience a significant shift in their symptoms within the first session, and 90% experience a major change in the first few weeks. Lasting change ordinarily takes a number of months.


Q: What is a healing crisis?

A: A healing crisis is a normal and naturally occurring detoxification event. It is experienced by approximately 10% of the people who practice the Breathing Normalization method. When people normalize their breathing, their metabolism becomes much stronger. As a result, the body starts to flush out toxins, which may have accumulated over many years. For some people, this process may go unnoticed; in others, symptoms may temporarily worsen and become acute. The healing crisis is discussed in detail during the Breathing Normalization Course (Level 1). To learn more about the Healing Crisis, please read this blog article.


Q: Can the Breathing Normalization method be taught to children?

A: Yes. Most children can learn the Breathing Normalization method. In fact, by incorporating stories, games, and other teaching techniques, we find that most children learn and apply the method much faster than adults. Furthermore, Breathing Normalization not only improves a child’s health, but also their temperament and their ability to concentrate and complete intellectual tasks. For very young children, parents must learn the Method as well, in order to be their child’s tutor.


Q: Is the Breathing Normalization useful for couples who are planning to have children?

A: For women and men thinking about becoming parents, we strongly recommend learning the Breathing Normalization method in order to ensure the physical and mental health of your future child. It is much easier to give birth to a healthy child and maintain their health, as compared to caring for a child who is born unhealthy. Decades of experience by Clinica Buteyko Moscow and  Breathing Normalization practitioners show that parents who hyperventilate give birth to children who hyperventilate as well. Be proactive and learn the Breathing Normalization method. Remember: prevention is better than cure!


Q: Can the Breathing Normalization method be used during pregnancy?

A: It is usually not recommended to start a new exercise program during pregnancy. However, we strongly recommend that women who are planning on becoming mothers learn the Breathing Normalization method. In many cases, it will ensure an easy and problem-free pregnancy. Pregnant woman practicing the Breathing Normalization method normally do not experience morning sickness or fatigue, and their deliveries are less painful or even painless.


Q: Is the Breathing Normalization method helpful for those who are terminally ill?

A: Yes. In many cases, the method changes the condition of a person; however, there is no guarantee. The Breathing Normalization will definitely help to reduce pain and to overcome depression and anxiety. In addition, the method often helps those who are terminally ill to leave this world peacefully.


Q: Is there any age limit for learning the Breathing Normalization method?

A: No. There are no age limits for learning the method. No one is too young or too old to learn and successfully implement the Breathing Normalization method in their lives.


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