Buteyko breathing technique
Buteyko breathing technique


The Buteyko breathing technique is a breathing practice created by Dr. Buteyko for people with asthma. It teaches people to reduce breathing speed and volume.
The Buteyko breathing technique is POSSIBLY SAFE when tried with the help of a healthcare professional while also using standard therapies for asthma. The Buteyko breathing technique has not been linked with any side effects.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of the Buteyko breathing technique during pregnancy and breast-feeding. However, there is no reason to suspect safety issues when used appropriately.


NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
Likely effective Effectiveness definitions
Possibly effective Effectiveness definitions
  • Asthma. Most research shows that the Buteyko breathing technique improves symptoms and quality of life and might reduce the need for certain inhalers in some people with asthma. But it does not seem to reduce asthma attacks or improve how well the lungs work. It also doesn't seem to work any better than pranayama yoga breathing practice.
Likely ineffective Effectiveness definitions
Possibly ineffective Effectiveness definitions
Insufficient evidence Effectiveness definitions
  • Allergies.
  • Heart disease.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Migraine.
  • Others.

Dosing & administration

The Buteyko breathing technique trains people to reduce their breathing speed and volume and to breathe through the nose. Sometimes the mouth is taped at night to ensure breathing through the nose while sleeping.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


Dr. Buteyko theorized that asthma is caused by rapid breathing and not enough carbon dioxide in the lungs. Not enough carbon dioxide is thought to cause constriction in the lungs and difficulty breathing. But the evidence does not support this theory. The practice of Buteyko breathing involves reducing speed and volume of breathing to increase carbon dioxide in the lungs and improve breathing.
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