What is the Buteyko Breathing Technique?

Buteyko (pronounced Bu-tay-ko) is most commonly used as a treatment for those with asthma and other breathing disorders.

Teaching Buteyko Training Modules

Our modules are designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and experience to teach Buteyko Breathing Techniques (BBT) to those with asthma. These intensive training courses are set at postgraduate level therefore we only accept students who have a degree or equivalent in a healthcare profession. Graduates from our courses teach Buteyko all over the world. In the UK they offer Buteyko to clients in both the NHS and private sector.

Buteyko and Asthma Management Guidelines & Strategies

The Buteyko Breathing Technique (BBT) is mentioned the BTS/SIGN 2016 British Asthma Management Guidelines, p.61, stating “ Behavioural programmes centred on breathing exercises and dysfunctional breathing reduction techniques (including physiotherapist-delivered breathing programmes such as the Papworth method, and the Butekyo method) can improve asthma symptoms, quality of life and reduce bronchodilator requirement in adults with asthma, although have little effect on lung function.”(1++ supporting evidence). They give the recommendation on p.62: "Breathing exercise programmes (including physiotherapist-taught methods) can be offered to people with asthma as an adjuvant to pharmacological treatment to improve quality of life and reduce symptoms.” (Grade A).
BTS/SIGN Asthma Management Guidelines

The GINA Global Strategy for Asthma Managment and Prevention 2016 advises that "Breathing exercises may be considered as a supplement to conventional asthma management strategies (Evidence B), including in anxious patients or those who habitually over-use rescue medication" (appendix, p.56). They summarise their recomendation as "Breathing exercises may be a useful supplement to asthma pharmacotherapy" (main report, p.53, Grade B evidence). Both Buteyko and the Papworth Method are mentioned as examples of breathing exercises which have reported improvements in symptoms, quality of life and/or psychological measures, but not in physiological outcome measures (appendix, p.56).
GINA Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention

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The Buteyko Breathing Association

Graduates from our courses are eligible to join the Buteyko Breathing Association (BBA). The BBA promotes evidence based best practice of Buteyko, enables members to support each other online and runs an annual study day.

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Cost effective, holistic healthcare

"The BTS/SIGN Asthma Management Guideline, 2016, p.61 recognises both the Buteyko and Papworth Method "can improve improve asthma symptoms" and "reduce bronchodilator requirement" with "little effect on lung function".

This improvement in symptoms on the background of reduced bronchodilator use, without adverse effect on lung function, demonstrates a potential cost saving to the NHS pharmacology budget. The Buteyko breathing technique is becoming more widely available on the NHS as respiratory physiotherapists and nurses train in the technique.

Buteyko is complementary, not alternative, to conventional asthma management. Any changes to medication should be agreed with the prescriber.