The breath is the one function in the body that can come under conscious or unconscious control.

That means that we can use our breath to change the function of our body. If you are very anxious then the breath comes fast and deep as the body tries to get more oxygen to the tissues to enable you to run away from something dangerous.  That was useful when we were at risk of being eaten by sabre tooth tigers but in modern times sabre tooth tigers aren’t a problem and it is the stress of the busy modern world causing most problems. Breathing fast and deep is part of the flight and fight system and feeds into anxiety states and puts the whole body on alert. Functions that assist in running or fighting, switch on and rest and restore functions switch off. For many people that is a chronic state.

It often manifests as breathing problems like asthma but even allergies are precipitated and aggravated by a chronic flight or fight state.

Buteyko is a method of retraining the breath back to a gentle equilibrium.

It is the most effective drug-free approach for the management of asthma and other breathing related problems. It can be practiced by both adults and children, and gives quick and consistent results.

The Buteyko method enables people to understand a concept of 'normal breathing'. It contains simple breathing techniques and logical instructions to follow. It also gives the means of controlling breathing parameters without any technical appliances. Buteyko method brings the physiological parameters of the body to the norm. It can be easily incorporated into the daily life of any contemporary person. It does not require you to interrupt your everyday activities to perform any sophisticated procedures similar to yogi's 'asana'. You can use the concept of the method at any time in any situation.

The success of the Buteyko method in the treatment of asthma is backed by hard scientific data. Clinical trials funded by the Australian Association of Asthma Foundations in 1994 at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane demonstrated that asthmatics were able to reduce their symptomatic medication intake by 90% and their steroid medication by 30%. This reduction in medication was accompanied by improvements in their general health and quality of life.

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