Asthma rates are swelling by 50% every ten years and continue to be the leading cause of child hospitalization in Canada, the Asthma Society of Canada says.
Asthma is triggered by allergens, altitude, stress and exercise, but what is the underlying cause?
In 1950, Dr. Konstantin Buteyko, a Russian respiratory specialist dug and found out. He discovered that over-breathing causes asthma. Over-breathing dries and cools airways with excessive carbon dioxide loss. This causes airways to constrict, inflame and congest.
Medically prescribed puffers relax and open airways to reduce inflammation. However, Dr. Buteyko wanted to treat the root cause of asthma rather than provide symptomatic relief. He developed a method to re-train breathing to restore natural breathing and good health.
In his clinical trials, symptoms decreased along with the need for medications. Respondents reported improved breathing and a better quality of life.
The Buteyko Breathing Method reduced symptoms by 75%, and cut reliever medication by 97% and steroid medication by 49%, within 3 months. (Mater Hospital Trials).
Tom Byrne was hospitalized nine times with asthma. Concerned about the risk to his life, Tom learned the Buteyko Method in January 2006 and his asthma of 74 years is now gone.
Here’s the great asthma myth: CO2 is not a waste gas but a vital partner to oxygen distribution. Simply put, consistent over-breathing upsets our body’s balance, sending off alarm bells with inflammation and other asthmatic symptoms. By re-training your breathing you can block that from happening.
The Buteyko Breathing Method program is designed to optimize oxygen absorption, while opening airways and restoring healthy breathing.