After Buteyko Breathing Course, No Asthma Medication Is Needed *

It has now been almost a year since I started practicing the Buteyko method. Prior to Buteyko, I was on Symbicort, 2 puffs twice a day. While my pulmonologist wanted me to cut back, I would get asthma attacks if I tried. I also had a very bad milk protein sensitivity problem. Exposure to very small amounts of milk protein would cause prolonged stretches of gastric distress and sometimes I would even get these problems after intense exercise.

After one month of Buteyko breathing through my nose and breathing less I was off of Symbicort and after 10 weeks I was off all medicines. I have not needed any “rescue” inhaler or steroids this past year. Doing my exercises or chanting has stabilized my lungs in any situation I have faced. I exercise regularly. I participated in a group bicycle ride over the Labor Day weekend and was the oldest person to complete the hardest ride, 160 miles over 2 days with over 7,000 feet of climbing on Day 1.

Even more importantly, my milk protein sensitivity seems gone. I have experimented from time to time and found the symptoms getting less severe. At this point, I can barely tell when I have some dairy. Of course, I am trying to follow the Buteyko dietary recommendations which proscribe dairy.

I found that my ability to exercise with intensity and to continue breathing through my nose took a lot more work than just getting off asthma medicines. Throughout the course of the year, my lung capacity has continuously improved and I am still working on it. But, to me, the most important fact is that I can control my lungs without any medicines.

Lawrence Arem
Merion Station, PA


This is a true testimonial of a Breathing Center’s client; however, the results of application of the Buteyko Breathing Normalization method may vary from person to person. We cannot guarantee identical results to everyone who contacts the Breathing Center. Also, please keep in mind that our services are educational, not medical. Buteyko Breathing Normalization Specialists are teachers and trainers, not medical doctors.

Breathing Center’s Staff