What is Asthma?

One of the biggest fallacies that continue to be promoted in fitness and health care is that deeper or faster breathing will necessarily increase your function and health. Just as overeating may cause health problems, overbreathing also causes imbalances in the body, which actually decrease in the amount of oxygen available to tissues.

What? My Yoga instructor at the gym said to breathe faster and deeper to get more oxygen to the cells! Sorry, that's a misconception that has survived despite the Bohr effect being taught to medical doctors since the early 1900's. Unfortunately, the solution to overbreathing is counterintuitive and contrary to the cultural myth of "taking a deep breath" for relaxation.

While "taking a deep breath" may temporarily distract one from stress if performed slowly, breathing too much may damage your health. Have you noticed that healthy older people do not breathe loudly nor through their mouths?

Asthma, allergy, anxiety and digestive symptoms are becoming widespread, and more news is appearing of medications causing more harm than good. Buteyko Therapy has been shown to reduce asthma, anxiety and allergy symptoms, and the need for medications 49% to 96%[8][9]. The main points of Buteyko Therapy are:
  • breathing only through the nose (using tape at night to close the mouth if necessary)
  • lowering breathing volume, by breath that is relaxed, slow, light, quiet and always from the diaphragm
  • simple exercises to clear nose and slow breathing rate
  • control pause test to self-check progress
  • always maintain medical supervision if medicating
Yoga and pilates are not aerobic activities, and successful athletes prove that even aerobic breathing can be through the nose if the body is adjusted to eucapnic breathing.

After sports and stressful situations, massage may also help your body recover and return to stasis. Learn how to perform manual massage therapy on yourself or your partner:

Breathing should be through the nose, and using the diaphragm:
Female Abdomen

Video on Buteyko Theory and how it may help your breathing, blood pressure and other conditions
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Asthma Cure

Physiotherapy Research: Does nasal breathing affect exercise tolerance?

Nose Clearing Buteyko exercise from Carol Baglia, who states that “No one who has asthma breathes correctly; no one who breathes correctly has asthma.” Instead of blowing the nose to clear it, which constricts the nasopharynx and conchae promoting a chronic stuffy nose, try holding the breath softly while holding the nose closed with thumb and index finger and closing the mouth, and gently nodding the head down and up several times.