the late 1940's Russian medical student Konstantin Buteyko made
an observation that has changed the treatment and lifestyle
of thousands of asthmatics. Buteyko noticed that the condition
of patients in the acute respiratory ward, deteriorated when
their breathing rate increased. He also noticed that those who
reduced or normalised their breathing rate began to recover.
For the next 30 years Dr Buteyko researched hyperventilation
and the effect it has on the human body.
research describes why people hyperventilate, why it continues to
self-perpetuate and how to reverse the cycle. The technique has
been accepted as mainstream treatment for asthma and it has been
taught to over one million people in the Soviet Union.
An Australian businessman, who was hospitalised during a trip to
Russia, was treated with the Buteyko technique. His condition improved
dramatically and he subsequently arranged for one of the Russian
Practitioners to go to Australia to teach the technique there. The
Buteyko method is now widely used in Australia and New Zealand and
is becoming known in America, Great Britain and other parts of Europe.