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Information for Health Professionals
This section contains information from medical journals and articles for healthcare professionals on breathing retraining. The page is updated as new information becomes available.
Ultimately, medicine has a single aim: to relieve human suffering. When measured against this benchmark, different therapies can be seen as either effective or ineffective rather than 'orthodox' or 'unorthodox'. No single professional group has ownership of health, and the best healthcare requires a multidisciplinary approach. Thus there is an imperative for all healthcare professionals to work together for the benefit of their patients and the wider community.
Professor Marc Cohen MBBS(Hons), PhD, BMed Sci(Hons), FAMAC
A report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ, for the United States Institute of Health (NIH) finds Buteyko delivers substantial reductions in symptoms and medication usage for asthmatics.
A feature article in the May issue of the British Medical Journal; Preventing over-diagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy, claims that asthma, among a list of other complaints, may be over-diagnosed.
The British Guideline on the Management of Asthma 2008 grants permission for British health professionals to recommend Buteyko, stating that the method "may be considered to help patients control the symptoms of asthma". The guideline also grades clinical research on Buteyko with a 'B' classification - indicating that high-quality supporting clinical trials are available.
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.
The science linking dysfunctional breathing with cardiovascular disorders and research on the effectiveness of breathing retraining programmes in lowering blood pressure, pulmonary rehabilitation and reducing cardiovascular risk.
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