Few people know that Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, who was born in 1923 in the Kharkov province, in the village of Ivanitsa (now the Sumy region of Ukraine), was not only an outstanding Soviet scientist, clinician and physiologist, but also a philosopher of medicine. He came to this after he developed the so-called Buteyko method.
An amazing and extremely interesting fact of medicine is that Buteyko expressed and scientifically substantiated a fundamentally new concept – shallow breathing. Most people know that in any difficult and painful situation, classical medicine says one thing – breathe deeply.
However, as Buteyko himself said, it is worth taking about 30 as deep breaths as possible, and you will feel dizziness and discomfort throughout your body.
An interesting fact about K.P. Buteyko
It should be emphasized that the Buteyko method has a scientific basis, although it has a huge army of not only supporters, but also opponents. Be that as it may, you will probably be interested to know that the British Prince Charles of Wales, who suffered from allergic rhinitis, was cured by the Buteyko method.
After this incident, the Parliament of England even discussed the possibility of introducing this method into official medicine at the state level.
According to Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, shallow breathing, which is acquired after a series of trainings according to his system, helps to get rid of more than a hundred diseases.
This is a serious statement, and given the fact that this breathing exercise has really helped many people, it is worth considering whether to implement a simple and uncomplicated habit of shallow breathing!
Buteyko breathing method
There are many articles on the Internet devoted to a detailed analysis of this phenomenon in general, and the Buteyko method in particular. We will not go into details, but will give only the basic data, guided by which, anyone who wants to improve their health or get rid of bronchial asthma, hypertension, angina pectoris, cerebral vasospasm and many other diseases will be able to fully recover.
Breathing is carried out only through the nose, and the breath comes, relatively speaking, only to the level of the collarbone.
Inhalation should be slow, about 2-3 seconds and imperceptible (the chest and abdomen should practically not fluctuate).
Exhale calm and passive for 3-4 seconds.
This is followed by a pause also 3-4 seconds.
The ideal breathing rate is 6-8 times per minute.
Please note that this is not about holding the breath, but about the volitional elimination of deep breathing. The main point lies in a strong-willed decision, and this is not easy, therefore, it will take from 2 weeks to 3 months to correct breathing. If a person has a real problem with asthma, then perhaps he should make an effort to achieve a full recovery, which, moreover, does not require financial investments. Here are a few more recommendations.
At least three hours a day, by willpower, it is necessary to reduce the depth and speed of breaths. It doesn’t matter if you’re walking, standing or sitting. Remember, the habit of shallow, proper breathing is not formed all at once!
Increase the pause after exhalation.
Before breakfast, lunch and dinner, do 3-6 extremely long breath-holds so that you can easily hold up to 60 seconds or more.
After long delays, rest for 1-2 minutes.
Ignore the uncomfortable sensations that may initially occur after delays. Studies have shown that no patient can reduce breathing to such an extent that it becomes harmful to the body.
The last interesting fact about Buteyko’s health sounds like this: the smaller the depth of breathing and the frequency of breaths, the healthier and more durable the body will be!
And one more thing: do not confuse a pause with holding your breath – these are different things.
So, the Buteyko method is really interesting not only for its unique approach, but also for the many testimonies of a real and complete recovery.
Do not get sick, and always be cheerful!