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Asthma is a serious illness

Over 500,000 New Zealanders have asthma.

One in seven children and one in nine adults have asthma. 

70 people die from asthma in New Zealand each year and asthma is the most common reason for hospital admissions in children. 

These are just some of the statistics from the NZ National Respiratory Strategy 2015 that ranked New Zealand as nearly the worst country in the world for asthma. 

If you or your child suffer from asthma, we can help.

Asthma is a serious illness

Thousands of people of all ages have learned how to manage their asthma naturally after attending a course at our clinic. Many, including breathing practitioner and clinic owner Glenn White, are now asthma free and no longer require medication to control their symptoms.* 

I have seen children with asthma improve drastically and quickly with the Buteyko breathing exercises, as taught by Glenn White. The children were able to significantly reduce or even stop their asthma medications within weeks to months.

Dr Leila Masson
Leila Masson M.D., MPH, FRACP, DTMH, IBCLC

Our 5-day programme teaches you how to control your symptoms through breathing techniques and lifestyle guidelines.  As your breathing improves, need for medication reduces.*

Breathing Assessment and Retraining for Asthma

Dysfunctional breathing patterns are characteristic in people with asthma. This short article presents clinical trials, studies and reviews supporting the use of breathing training for asthma and a rationale for incorporating breathing retraining into asthma management. 

Click here to read the article (PDF), including a list of references, on this topic.

The Buteyko Breathing Clinic's programme is endorsed by doctors

Glenn presents at conferences in New Zealand and internationally, including NZ Respiratory conferences 2002, 2006,  2014 and 2015. 

12 published medical studies of the Buteyko Method for asthma.


All published studies on the Buteyko breathing technique, including one which we performed in Gisborne, have shown positive results. Reductions of reliever medications averaged 85 to 95 per cent and reductions in preventer medication 40 to 50 per cent.
Patrick McHugh BMedSc, MB, ChB, DipGUMed, Dip MSM


There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Buteyko Technique works.
Robert Cowie MD – Calgary Clinical Trial

On this website you will find information about our courses, the science and clinical studies relating to the Buteyko Method of breathing retraining. You can also read feedback from medical professionals and our clients.

We can help you control your asthma.

Phone us at the Buteyko Breathing Clinic, Auckland on 09-360 6291 or contact us by email for information – or to book a private consultation, introductory seminar or course.

* Buteyko Breathing Clinic practitioners work with your doctor to help you achieve the best possible control of your asthma. We advise our clients to consult their doctor before making any changes to prescribed medication or sleep aids.

Click on the headings below to read more

  • Do you miss days off work or school because of your asthma? Does asthma limit your ability to enjoy sporting activities?...
  • Asthmatics are genetically predisposed to the condition...
  • Learn about the different symptoms of asthma and levels of severity...
  • There are a number of recognised variants of asthma...
  • A number of factors can trigger an asthma attack...
  • Some people may go for months without experiencing any symptoms and then get struck down with an asthma attack. Others may feel continually breathless...
  • Conventional and complementary therapy options...
  • Preventer and reliever medications for asthma - how they work and can they ever be discontinued?...
  • Important information on the dangers in overusing reliever medications...
  • There is now a large body of evidence documenting the role of bronchodilators on asthma exacerbations. Countless studies going back to the 1970s have highlighted the danger in over-using asthma medication...
  • Buteyko is a strategy to retrain dysfunctional breathing based on the postulation that asthma results from an abnormal breathing pattern. Asthma is believed to be the body's responses (a defence mechanism) to hyperventilation or in simple terms, over-breathing...
  • A summary of published Buteyko trials
  • A peak flow meter is one way to determine the severity of your asthma. It measures your maximum speed of expiration, or peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR or PEF). Peak flow readings are higher when your asthma is well managed and airways are relaxed and lower when your asthma is worse and the airways are constricted. Your doctor will determine your optimal peak flow measure and advise you to take action if it drops below a certain threshold...
  • Glenn White was a lifelong asthma sufferer until he retrained his breathing. He is now drug free...
  • Breathing exercises and specifically the Buteyko method are endorsed in the updated 2016 SIGN 153 – British Guideline on the management of asthma.
  • Fact sheet provided by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ outlining what Buteyko is and how it can impact on asthma.
A summary of the evidence for stress as a trigger for asthma and a role for breathing retraining in helping reduce stress and the symptoms of asthma
Publications including clinical trials, studies and reviews on the use of breathing training for asthma
Includes a video of Glenn White's presentation to the Respiratory Conference
How Glenn White overcame his own asthma and now helps others do the same
Price R L, Journal of Lung, Pulmonary & Respiratory Research Volume 3 Issue 2 - 2016
Epigenetics in action: In this highly readable article Roger Price explains the science in teaching people how to prevent asthma by not creating the conditions that cause asthma.

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