Buteyko Method: a natural remedy for asthma?

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"You should breathe through your mouth as much as you eat through your nose," according to Robert Litman, a practitioner in the Buteyko Method, a form of breathing that has been shown to help reduce (and sometimes eliminate) symptoms of asthma.

According to this method, which was developed by Russian physician Dr. Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, an asthma attack is caused by a blood-gas imbalance resulting from hyperventilation. When too much carbon dioxide is expelled through heavy, labored breathing, the body tissues are actually deprived of oxygen. This is because the level of carbon dioxide regulates how much oxygen from the blood is able to be released into the body tissues. The Buteyko Method aims to regulate the body's carbon dioxide levels through teaching students to restore natural breathing patterns.

According to Litman, one of the things that is most responsible for lowering the body's CO2 levels is breathing through the mouth. Developing a habit of breathing through the nose has numerous benefits, including warming and filtering the air as it moves into the lungs, promoting a healthy mucous coating, enhancing immunity, and reducing stress. (One way Litman recommends encouraging nasal breathing is to tape your mouth shut at night.)

Other breathing disorders that can be helped through the Buteyko Method include sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia, night terrors, and panic attacks.

Robert Litman is offering a Buteyko Class here in San Antonio this weekend. Details are as follows.

December 3, 4 & 5, 2010

Hours: Friday 4 – 6 pm, Saturday 1-5:30 pm, Sunday 2 – 4 pm

Location: Center for Life, 12915 Jones Maltsberger, Building 600

Tuition: $299 (Class size is limited so register early)

Payment plans available

Registration: Contact Suzanne Wright Crain,

swcsprouts@aol.com– 210.496.5692.

For more information visit www.asthmafreearizona.com or www.buteyko.info

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