Thorax Journal 2006 000:1-7doi 101136/thx2005 054767

CA Slader, HK Reddel, LM Spencer, EG Belousova, CL Armour, SZ Basnic-Anticevich, FCK Thien, CR Jenkins.

Results after applying Buteyko techniques for 12 weeks:

  • Reliever usage — median reduction of 86%
  • Preventer usage — median reduction of 50%

New Zealand Medical Journal Vol 119 No 1234 ISSN 1175 8716 May 2006

Patrick McHugh, Bruce Duncan and Frank Houghton, Gisborne, New Zealand

Results after applying Buteyko techniques to children with asthma for 12 weeks:

  • Reliever usage — median reduction of 66%
  • Preventer usage — median reduction of 41%
  • 11 courses of prednisone given 3 months before the trial.
  • 1 course of prednisone given three months after the trial.

Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society, 2006;3:A530

Foothills Hospital Medical trial, Calgary, Alberta. May 2006Robert Cowie

Results after applying Buteyko techniques for 6 months:

  • Asthma control improved from 41% to 75%, an increase of 34%
  • Decrease of ICS was 39%
  • Elimination of ICS was 21%

Thorax Journal December 2003 Vol 58 Supplement III

J. McGowan. Education and Training Consultant, Acorn Nursing Agency, Glasgow.

Results after applying Buteyko techniques for 6 months:

  • Symptoms reduction 98%
  • Reliever usage — median reduction of 98%
  • Preventer usage — median reduction of 92%

New Zealand Medical Journal 2003;116(1187)

McHugh P, Aitcheson F, Duncan B, Houghton F. Buteyko breathing technique for asthma: an effective intervention.http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/116-1187/710/

Results after applying Buteyko techniques in Nottingham, UK:

  • 100% reduction in reliever medication (ventolin)
  • 41.5% reduction in steroid medication (flovent, pulmicort)

New Zealand Medical Journal 2002 Vol 116 No 1187 ISSN 1175 8716 Gisborne, New Zealand

Patrick McHugh, Fergus Aitcheson Bruce Duncan and Frank Houghton

Results after applying Buteyko techniques to children with asthma for 12 weeks:

  • Reliever usage — median reduction of 85%
  • Preventer usage — median reduction of 50%

J Asthma 2000; 37(7): 557-564.1999, Alfred Hospital, Prahan, Australia

Opat AJ, Cohen MM, Bailey MJ, Abramson MJ

18 patients with mild to moderate asthma were taught the Buteyko method by a video and compared with 18 control subjects (Opat et al, 2000). The study found a significant improvement in quality of life and significant reduction in inhaled steroid use.
 A clinical trial of the Buteyko Breathing Technique in asthma as taught by a Video.

Medical Journal of Australia 1998; 169:575-578

Simon D Bowler, Amanda Green and Charles A Mitchell

Results after applying Buteyko techniques for 12 weeks:

  • Reliever usage — median reduction of 96% (from daily median of 943ug to 39ug)
  • Preventer usage — median reduction of 49% (from daily median 1500ug to 765ug)
  • Minute Volume — median reduction of 4.6L/min (from 14 L/min to 9.6 L/min)

1990, 1991, Titul, Odessa, p.222-227. Shevchenko’s Central Hospital, Kiev, Ukraine.

Conclusions on practical trial of Buteyko method, conducted in Department of Radiation Pathology of Central Republican Hospital of Shevchenko region (Ukraine) during 06.03.1990-07.04.1990 [in Russian], in Buteyko method. Its application in medical practice, ed. by K.P. Buteyko, 2-nd ed.

50 patients with radiation sickness due to Chernobyl’s nuclear plant disaster. 82% patients had considerable improvement in blood analysis, cardiovascular parameters (blood pressure, pulse, etc.), work of the digestive system, and reduction in medication. No cases of side effects or complications due to the breathing exercises were reported (p.221, Zimchenko & Romanenko, 1991). Zimchenko VN & Romanenko NF.

1981, Sechenov’s Medical Institute, Moscow, USSR

52 children (34 in-patients and 18 out-patients; 3-15 years old) with regular asthma attacks (once per day or more); 41 of them had pneumonia, 27 rhinitis, 36 chronic tonsillitis. All had problems with breathing through the nose, palpitations, and were bronchodilator users. In 1-5 days the patients were able to stop the attacks, cough, blocked nose, and wheezing,
using the method.

Observations in 1-3 months:

  • Cessation of heavy attacks or total disappearance of the symptoms in 83%
  • Less heavy attacks and considerable reduction in medication in 17%
  • Average CP increased from 4 to 30 seconds
  • CO2 from 25 to 36 mm Hg
  • Higher blood concentrations of IgA, IgM, IgG, and IgE
  • Blood pressure normalized
  • Forced expiratory volume raised over 500%
  • Significant increases in lung volume, expiratory speed, and other parameters

For more information on this trial visit: www.buteyko.com/trials.html#children.

1968, Institute of Pulmonology, Leningrad, USSR

ed. by K.P. Buteyko, 2-nd ed., 1991, Titul,
Odessa, 168-180.

50 patients with severe bronchial asthma, hypertension and stenocardia, all of them with many years of heavy medication, most with steroid deficiencies and organic complications.

  • Success rate 95% (Khoroscho, 1982).Khoroscho AE, Interview with K. P. Buteyko (1982), in Buteyko method.