Q: Who is K. P. Buteyko MD-PhD?
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 Buteyko Breathing Normalization Method that eliminates the root cause of many common health issues. You can read more about K. P. Buteyko MD-PhD here.

Q: What did Dr. Buteyko 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 Level 1 Breathing Normalization course. Dr. Buteyko also made several other important discoveries about human health, which are addressed in detail in our Level 2 and 3 programs

Q: What is Buteyko Breathing Method?
A: Throughout his five decades of medical practice and research, K. P. Buteyko, MD-PhD, 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,” later it became known under the name of the Buteyko Breathing Method. 

Q: What health issues can be improved 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-PhD, which is presented in its original form.


Q: What are the Buteyko Breathing Exercises?
A: The Breathing Exercises are the core element of the Buteyko Breathing Method. Dr. Buteyko, doctors from Clinica Buteyko Moscow , Sasha Yakovleva and other Buteyko practitioners 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 Buteyko Breathing Exercises normalize breathing and create optimal health.


Q: How quickly will my health start to improve with the Buteyko Breathing Method?
A: Health improvement with the Buteyko Breathing Normalization Training 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 Buteyko Breathing 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 Level 1 Breathing Normalization Course. To learn more about the Healing Crisis, please read this blog article.


Q: Can the Buteyko Breathing method be taught to children?
A: Yes. Most children can learn the Buteyko 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 their 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 Buteyko practitioners show that parents who hyperventilate give birth to children who hyperventilate as well. Be proactive and learn the Buteyko Breathing Method. Remember: prevention is better than cure!


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 Buteyko Breathing Exercises will definitely help to reduce pain and to reduce 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 Buteyko Breathing 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 Buteyko Breathing Normalization lifestyle and breathing exercises in their lives.