Non-drug treatment for asthma
Asthma has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. The CDC states that more than 17 million Americans suffer from asthma – including one in 10 children. The good news? Now there’s a safe, natural, and proven cure for asthma called the Buteyko Method.
Unlike other “alternative treatments,” the Buteyko Method, which involves simple breathing techniques, has been studied in major clinical trials, written about in peer-reviewed medical journals, and is taught in Russian medical schools and covered by insurance in Australia. It was developed by MDs and is used by many MDs worldwide. Yet many U.S. doctors and patients still don’t know about it.
Leading Buteyko advocates and practitioners Sasha and Thomas Yakovlev-Fredricksen want to change that. They say asthma sufferers are overcome with gratitude once they learn the Buteyko Method breathing techniques from a trained Buteyko practitioner – and get immediate relief from coughing, stuffy nose, shortness of breath, and panic from not being able to breathe.
Scientists agree that one of the main causes of bronchospasm in the lungs is a low level of CO2. Put simply, the Buteyko breathing techniques help a person quickly normalize CO2 level in the lungs, causing the walls of the bronchioles to relax, and opening up the airways. Instead of hyperventilating, which is what asthmatics do to get more air, the Buteyko Method teaches them how to breathe less. Although it sounds counterintuitive, when people take in less air, asthma symptoms can be reduced or completely eliminated.
The Buteyko Method is simple enough that even children can learn it. All it takes, Sasha and Thomas Yakovlev-Fredricksen say, is practice. They have founded the Buteyko Center USA, which has been granted exclusive rights by the Clinica Buteyko in Russia as the official clearinghouse for learning materials, courses, and Buteyko Method certification training programs. A former serious asthmatic, Thomas credits the Buteyko Method with saving him from a life filled with fear, disability, and heavy medications.
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