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Clinical Trials and Research undertaken into the Buteyko Method and related issues.

Health Education: Does the Buteyko Institute Method make a difference?
Source: Jill McGowan, Education and training consultant in Asthma Management.Thorax Vol 58, suppl III, page 28, December 2003. [Full Text]

Background: Anecdotal evidence suggests that the Buteyko Institute Method of Breathing Retraining can reduce asthma symptoms, medication and improve quality of life. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of this method for individuals being treated for asthma.
Methods: 600 adult patients aged 18-69 years diagnosed and currently treated asthma with a symptom score > 1 per day was recruited to a randomized blinded controlled trial. This tested active Buteyko (Group 1) with asthma nurse education (Group 2) and continued medication control (Group 3). The main outcome measures were quality of life (SF36), activity, asthma symptoms, and medication reduction. Asthma symptoms and activity were measured by diary card scoring from 0-3.
Results: of all who commenced study, data were available on 500 after 6 months, 384 after 12 months, and 384 after 24 months.
Asthma Symptoms: Buteyko Group - decreased by 98%, 6 months and remained same at 12 months - Placebo and Control Groups - no significant change
Reliever Medication: Buteyko Group - decreased by 98%, 6 months, and remained same at 12 months - Placebo and Control Groups - no significant change
Preventer Medication: Buteyko Group - decreased by 92%, 6 months and remained same 12 months - Placebo and Control Groups - no significant change
Reliever Oral Preparations: Buteyko Group - decreased by 100%, 6 months and remained same at 12 months - Placebo and Control Groups - no significant change
Preventer Oral Preparations: Buteyko Group - decreased by 96%, 6 months and remained same at 12 months - Placebo and Control Groups - no significant change
Instance of cold or viral infection: Buteyko Group - decreased by 20%, 6 months and remained same at 12 months - Placebo and Control Groups - no significant change
The participants involved in this study all experienced significant improvement in asthma with a reduction in symptom, medication and improvement in quality of life. This was maintained over the duration of the study and is similar to the results of Brisbane Study (Bowler S 1998 BMU) and unpublished study by Dr G Spence G.P. in Shettleston Health Centre (Spence. G.).

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Breathing exercises for asthma: a randomised controlled trial
Thorax 2009; 64:55-61 [Abstract] [Full Text]

A Randomised Controlled Trial of the Buteyko Technique for Asthma Management
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Canadian Buteyko Trial 2008
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Beta-agonists trigger T cell accumulation
J Allergy Clin Immunol 2006 [Abstract]

Asthma exacerbations in children immediately following stressful life events: a Cox's heirarchical regression
S Sandberg, S Jarvenpaa, A Penttinen, J Y Paton, and D C McCann Thorax 2004;59 1046-1051 [Abstract] [Full Text]

Ventilation Test In Patients With Bronchial Asthma
Buteiko KP, Odintsova MP, Nasonkina NS. Vrach Delo. 1968 Apr; 4:33-6. PMID: 5664602 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] [Abstract]

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and breathing retraining
Mary Birch, RN,BA,MBioE, Grad Dip Soc, BIBHClinical Update 74, Australian Nursing Journal, August 2004 [Text]

Buteyko Breathing Technique for asthma: an effective intervention
Patrick McHugh, Fergus Aitcheson, Bruce Duncan, Frank Houghton Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 12-December-2003, Vol 116 No 1187 [Abstract] [Full Text]

Health Education: Does the Buteyko Institute Method make a difference?
Jill McGowan, Education and training consultant in Asthma Management.Thorax Vol 58, suppl III, page 28, December 2003. [Abstract] [Full Text]

Beta2-Agonist Tolerance and Exercise-induced Bronchospasm
Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med., Volume 165, Number 8, April 2002, 1068-1070 Robert J. Hancox, Padmaja Subbarao, Dennis Kamada, Richard M. Watson, Fredrick E. Hargreave, and Mark D. Inman Asthma Research Group, Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, McMaster University/St Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada  [Abstract]

End-tidal carbon dioxide measurements as a prognostic indicator of outcome in cardiac arrest.
Ahrens T, Schallom L, Bettorf K, Ellner S, Hurt G, O'Mara V, Ludwig J, George W, Marino T, Shannon W. Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, USA. Am J Crit Care 2001 Nov;10(6):391-8 [Abstract]

Repeated Hyperventilation Causes Peripheral Airways Inflammation, Hyperreactivity, and Impaired Bronchodilation in Dogs
MICHAEL S. DAVIS and ARTHUR N. FREED Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med., Volume 164, Number 5, September 2001, 785-789 [Abstract]

Cardiovascular side effects of inhaled salbutamol in hypoxic asthmatic patients
Thorax; London; Jul 2001; J Burggraaf; R G J Westendorp; J C C M In't Veen; R C Schoemaker; et al;  [Abstract]

Study explains success of Buteyko
Megan Howe - Australian Doctor, p 20, 11 May 2001 [Text]

Prevalence of dysfunctional breathing in patients treated for asthma in primary care: a cross sectional survey
M Thomas, RK McKinley, E Freeman, C Foy British Medical Journal 2001;322:1098-1100 (5 May) [Abstract]

Hyperventilation and asymptomatic chronic asthma
Thorax; London; Dec 2000; C A Osborne; B J O'Connor; A Lewis; Van Kanabar; W N Gardner; [Abstract]

Buteyko breathing techniques in asthma: a blinded randomised trial
Simon D Bowler, Amanda Green and Charles A Mitchell Medical Journal of Australia 1998; 169:575-578 [Abstract] [Full Text]

Effects of inhaled CO2 and added dead space on idiopathic central sleep apnea
Xje A. Rankin F. Rutherford R. Bradly TD. Journal of Applied Physiology, 82(3):918-26, 1997 Mar. [Abstract]

Changing patterns in asthma morbidity and mortality.
Sears MR J-Investig-Allergol-Clin-Immunol 1995 Mar-Apr; 5(2): 66-72.  [Abstract]

Beneficial effect of inhaled CO2 in a patient with non-obstructive sleep apnoea.
J Neurol 1993 Nov;241(11:45-8 (ISSN: C340-5354) Villiger PM; Hess CW; Reinhart WH Medizinische Klinik der Universitat, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland [Abstract]

Rediscovering the importance of nasal breathing in sleep or, shut your mouth and save your sleep
Lavie P J Layngol Otol 1987 June;101(6):558-63 [Abstract]

Breathing Patterns
Chest, 1983, 84:202-205Tobin et al (Summary) [Abstract]


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