A holistic approach to treating asthma is a practice known as the Buteyko Method. The Buteyko method was developed by Dr. Buteyko and goes off the belief that many people who suffer from asthma attacks, anxiety attacks and other breathing problems do so because they are over breathing. The Buteyko Method believes that controlling to the breath and helping people to realize how to breathe properly they will limit the number of asthma or anxiety attacks as well as any respiratory problems they might have.
Here is a look at some of the basic principles of the Buteyko Method.
Shallow Breathing. The Buteyko Method tries to teach asthma sufferers how to breathe shallowly. This is done by trying to re-teach them how to breathe solely through the nose and not through the mouth.
Breathing Exercises. A major part of the Buteyko Method is the type of breathing exercises that a person must do. The most commonly used breathing exercise under the Buteyko Method is that of the nose pinch variety. This exercise has a person pinch their nose shut and time how long it takes before you feel the urge to breathe. The goal should be 60 seconds. It is believed if you do this every day you will slowly work your way up to the targeted time. Other breathing exercises include the use of slowly inhaling and exhaling to release any toxins and promote healthy lung functions. The Buteyko Method recommends that asthma sufferers should do this daily in order to build up their lungs.