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I find this method very helpful. Reduced my steroids by 75%. Others?

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  • K8sMom2002

    Glad this breathing technique has helped you … as always, it's really important to talk with a board certified allergist or pulmonologist who is trained in managing asthma AND who knows your particular situation before trying complementary medicine techniques.

    Pulmonary rehab can be helpful, too, for some people. Each person's asthma is unique. 

    Have you seen the AAFA blog series about the ?

  • Pmh16

    Sadly, American physicians have not incorporated Buteyko as much as European countries, where it's considered a front-line intervention, not a complementary or alternative one.

  • RedCoog

    @Pmh16,

    thats awesome!!! How often do you do the excersices and how many sets?

    just watched a clip on this technique and it appears very interesting! Tried doing a bit, kinda panicky at the beginning!

  • K8sMom2002

    Redcoog, if you think breathing techniques help, do you think it would be worth asking for a referral to a speech language pathologist? Some of our members have done that — I think @Nemo88 and @GigiGibson.

  • Pmh16
    RedCoog posted:

    @Pmh16,

    thats awesome!!! How often do you do the excersices and how many sets?

    just watched a clip on this technique and it appears very interesting! Tried doing a bit, kinda panicky at the beginning!

    The cool thing about it is it's completely safe if you learn it gradually, and don't abruptly change your meds.  Like any learning curve, it takes persistence as you're training your brain to tolerate high-normal levels of CO2 as opposed to the low- normal levels most of us have.  The technique is based on the Bohr effect, in which oxygen is released by hemoglobin more readily when CO2 levels are a little higher. I've read a lot about it, and I think Patrick McKeown, buteykoclinic.com, is the best proponent.

  • Megan Roberts

    That's great you've found a way to complement your medical treatment of asthma. There is another thread here on that some have used in conjunction with asthma treatment as well. We're not doctors here, so we don't give medical advice — we leave that up to the pros! But we do not recommend that people replace their prescribed treatment of asthma with alternative therapies — even though I know that's not what you're suggesting! Just wanted to make that clear.  

    Thanks for the intriguing topic, @Pmh16.