Russian medical student Konstantin Buteyko, discovered in the late 1940’s, via an observation that has changed the management and lifestyle of thousands of people with asthma, sleep apnoea, snoring and other breathing disorders. 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 were able to get their breathing to the normal rate they began to recover. Buteyko’s subsequent research and application of these observations allowed him to develop the breathing techniques that today bear his name.

Buteyko discovered that this “over breathing” , technical term is Hyperventilation, is the main cause of these conditions and what is done a Breathing Retraining Course is a series of techniques, breathing exercises, education and lifestyle changes (i.e. Buteyko Method) that CORRECTS this over breathing and will greatly improve, often in days snoring, asthma, sleep apnoea, sinusitis, congestion and increase your ability to do physical exercise resulting in less need for medications, greater energy levels and less dependence on drugs and machines.

The Buteyko Institute Method (BIM) teaches people to correct the “automatic” breathing mechanism in the brain so it comes back closer to normal, gentle, nasal, day or night, awake or asleep.

Over time people’s breathing becomes gradually incorrect, due mainly to stress and our modern lifestyles, and this results in an effective lack of oxygen. Oxygen loss is serious and our body tries to defend us and as a result gives us, depending on our individual propensity – asthma, sleep apnoea, nasal problems and many other conditions which we are told to use medications or even machines to suppress the symptoms.

The Buteyko Method is not a breathing technique, it is a program and method to retrain and normalize your “automatic” breathing pattern. This results in improvement, usually in days, in asthma, sleep apnoea, snoring, COAD, COPD, sinusitis, hay fever, rhinitis, blocked nose, allergies, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, panic and anxiety conditions, and many other respiratory problems.

When breathing is corrected, people report:

  • Reduction in asthma symptoms & in the need for reliever medication
  • Unblocking of the nose and sinuses
  • Restoration of nasal breathing
  • Reduction or elimination of snoring and apnoea
  • Reduction in mucus production and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
  • Improved ability to cope with stress
  • The immune system is improved, less colds and flu, with ability to recover quickly
  • Improvement in skin conditions such as itchy, dry skin or eczema
  • Headaches and migraines are significantly reduced or eliminated
  • Reduction in anxiety or panic attacks
  • Thinking and concentration levels are improved
  • Change in tongue position and occlusion
  • Stability to orthodontic work
  • Decrease in size of tonsils adenoids and polyps
  • Increased stamina and energy levels
  • Enhanced capacity for exercise and improved recovery rate
  • Reduction in Restless legs, Dry mouth, teeth grinding, leg cramps & reflux

Effective – over 90% of course participants come off all asthma reliever medications within one week (medical trial results published in MJA Dec 1998). Over 60% reduction in snoring volume and subsequent improvements in sleep quality within one week.

Safe – the BIBH follows international best practice asthma medication guidelines.

Scientifically based – based on the standard medical principles of respiration, the normalisation of breathing and the Bohr Effect.

Who does the Buteyko Institute Method Help?
The BIM is suitable for children from 5 years of age and adults of any age. It is effective for people with all types and degrees of severity of asthma and sleep disorders, as well as people with other respiratory disorders such as, COAD, COPD, sinusitis, hay fever, rhinitis, blocked nose, allergies, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, panic and anxiety conditions.

Quality of Life
Every year many people with asthma and sleep disorders suffer respiratory infections, sore throats, physical incapacity, fatigue, time off work or school with a poor quality of life, ongoing financial expense and a deteriorating condition. Learning the BIM provides people with the knowledge and skills to get back their health and gain more control of their life.

Thousands of people put up with these conditions. No one needs to. Most medications and treatments result in people becoming “customers” for life.

How do you learn the Buteyko Institute Method?
The Buteyko Institute Method is taught in courses consisting of five sessions of 2hr. Clients are taught how to retrain their breathing to enable them to breathe correctly when sleeping, exercising, speaking, eating, and performing all daily activities. Improvement usually occurs within the first 24 hours. Once the breathing is corrected it is not difficult to maintain.


Brian Firth, B.Sc. Melb, Dip Ed
Sec Buteyko Institute of Breathing & Health


Buteyko Health, 273 Riding Rd
Balmoral Qld 4171 Australia

Phone: 0413 482 765

Int: +61413 482 765


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