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HeaIth Environment Community Creativity

Education
1he 8uLeyko MeLhod of breaLhlng
Important o|nts
1he 8uLeyko 8reaLhlng rogram ls a serles of lecLures and pracLlcal Lralnlng ln breaLhlng
recondlLlonlng and does noL consLlLuLe medlcal LreaLmenL
MedlcaLlon should be kepL handy aL all Llmes
Modlfy prescrlbed medlcaLlon only afLer consulLaLlon wlLh a medlcal docLor
1. Always 8reaLh 1hrough ?our nCSL
2. 8reaLhe CenLly
8reaLhlng Lhrough your nose wlll warm, molsLen and fllLer Lhe alr before lL reaches Lhe
lungs. lf your nose ls blocked, use Lhe meLhod you have been LaughL Lo unblock lL.
keep ln mlnd Lhe lmporLance of genLle breaLhlng. lf you flnd yourself over-breaLhlng
(hypervenLllaLlng), Lhen as soon as posslble reLurn Lo normal breaLhlng paLLern.
kINCILLS on SLLL
1. Sleep wlLh your mouLh closed
2. Sleep on your lefL slde lf posslble. lf reduces Lldal volume of breaLhlng. Avold sleeplng on
your back.
3. Sleep only when you are Llred.
kINCILLS on DIL1
1. LaL only when hungry
2. uo noL overeaL, sLop before you are full. CvereaLlng deepens your breaLhlng. ?ou may flnd
LhaL Lhere ls a reducLlon ln your appeLlLe. 1hls can be a parL of Lhe sLablllslng process. lL ls
lmporLanL Lo llsLen Lo your body.
3. lCCuS 1C AvClu or uLC8LASL durlng early Lralnlng
a) mllk and mllk producLs
b) Coffee
HeaIth Environment Community Creativity
Education
1he 8uLeyko MeLhod of breaLhlng
Important o|nts
1he 8uLeyko 8reaLhlng rogram ls a serles of lecLures and pracLlcal Lralnlng ln breaLhlng
recondlLlonlng and does noL consLlLuLe medlcal LreaLmenL
MedlcaLlon should be kepL handy aL all Llmes
Modlfy prescrlbed medlcaLlon only afLer consulLaLlon wlLh a medlcal docLor
1. Always 8reaLh 1hrough ?our nCSL
2. 8reaLhe CenLly
8reaLhlng Lhrough your nose wlll warm, molsLen and fllLer Lhe alr before lL reaches Lhe
lungs. lf your nose ls blocked, use Lhe meLhod you have been LaughL Lo unblock lL.
keep ln mlnd Lhe lmporLance of genLle breaLhlng. lf you flnd yourself over-breaLhlng
(hypervenLllaLlng), Lhen as soon as posslble reLurn Lo normal breaLhlng paLLern.
kINCILLS on SLLL
1. Sleep wlLh your mouLh closed
2. Sleep on your lefL slde lf posslble. lf reduces Lldal volume of breaLhlng. Avold sleeplng on
your back.
3. Sleep only when you are Llred.
kINCILLS on DIL1
1. LaL only when hungry
2. uo noL overeaL, sLop before you are full. CvereaLlng deepens your breaLhlng. ?ou may flnd
LhaL Lhere ls a reducLlon ln your appeLlLe. 1hls can be a parL of Lhe sLablllslng process. lL ls
lmporLanL Lo llsLen Lo your body.
3. lCCuS 1C AvClu or uLC8LASL durlng early Lralnlng
a) mllk and mllk producLs
b) Coffee
HeaIth Environment Community Creativity
Education
1he 8uLeyko MeLhod of breaLhlng
Important o|nts
1he 8uLeyko 8reaLhlng rogram ls a serles of lecLures and pracLlcal Lralnlng ln breaLhlng
recondlLlonlng and does noL consLlLuLe medlcal LreaLmenL
MedlcaLlon should be kepL handy aL all Llmes
Modlfy prescrlbed medlcaLlon only afLer consulLaLlon wlLh a medlcal docLor
1. Always 8reaLh 1hrough ?our nCSL
2. 8reaLhe CenLly
8reaLhlng Lhrough your nose wlll warm, molsLen and fllLer Lhe alr before lL reaches Lhe
lungs. lf your nose ls blocked, use Lhe meLhod you have been LaughL Lo unblock lL.
keep ln mlnd Lhe lmporLance of genLle breaLhlng. lf you flnd yourself over-breaLhlng
(hypervenLllaLlng), Lhen as soon as posslble reLurn Lo normal breaLhlng paLLern.
kINCILLS on SLLL
1. Sleep wlLh your mouLh closed
2. Sleep on your lefL slde lf posslble. lf reduces Lldal volume of breaLhlng. Avold sleeplng on
your back.
3. Sleep only when you are Llred.
kINCILLS on DIL1
1. LaL only when hungry
2. uo noL overeaL, sLop before you are full. CvereaLlng deepens your breaLhlng. ?ou may flnd
LhaL Lhere ls a reducLlon ln your appeLlLe. 1hls can be a parL of Lhe sLablllslng process. lL ls
lmporLanL Lo llsLen Lo your body.
3. lCCuS 1C AvClu or uLC8LASL durlng early Lralnlng
a) mllk and mllk producLs
b) Coffee
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c) SLrong Lea
d) Coke
e) ChocolaLe/coca
f) Plgh proLeln food (especlally anlmal proLeln eg meaL, flsh, chlcken, chlcken sLock)
g) nuLs, honey, sLrawberrles, raspberrles.
h) Alcohol
8e aware LhaL some foods may lncrease your breaLhlng raLe or cause overbreaLhlng.
4. lL may be helpful Lo lnLroduce unreflned sea salL lnLo your dleL.
3. 1o LesL Lhe effecL of a parLlcular food on your breaLhlng Lake your pulse and conLrol pause
before eaLlng Lhen agaln 1- 1&1/2 hours laLer.
kINCILLS CN MLDICA1ICN
1. keep your bronchodllaLor medlcaLlon, such as venLolln, 8rlcanyl, ALrovenL eLc. wlLh you aL
all Llmes ad use lL lf you need Lo. lf posslble, when you flrsL sense an asLhma aLLack comlng
on, do Lhe 8uLeyko exerclses. revenL or overcome sympLoms such as LlghLness, wheezlng,
coughlng, shorLness of breaLh, by flrsL uslng Lhe 8uLeyko MeLhod. lf lL ls noL posslble Lo Lry
Lhe exerclses, or Lhey do noL help, or you do noL geL enough rellef, Lhen use your
medlcaLlon. AL any Llme, 1AkL MLulCA1lCn, ll nLCLSSA8?. As soon as posslble afLer Laklng
lL, sLarL your breaLhlng exerclses agaln
2. ?ou musL conLlnue Lo Lake your prevenLaLlve medlcaLlon (for asLhma, ulmlcorL, 8ecoLlde,
8ecloforLe, lllxoLlde, rednlsone, lnLal) as prescrlbed by your docLor.
3. ConsulL your docLor regularly.
ILU AND CCLD MANAGLMLN1
1. lncrease 8uLeyko breaLhlng exerclse sesslons Lo Lhree or four Llmes a day
2. 1ake medlcaLlon lf necessary. lncrease your sLerold medlcaLlon lf approprlaLe (dlscuss wlLh
your docLor).
3. 8educe your food lnLake, avold foods LhaL lncrease Lhe breaLhlng raLe, keep dleL slmple.
4. Avold known allergens or Lrlgger facLors.
3. 8esL more buL sleep a blL less or break your sleep lf you experlence problems durlng or afLer
sleep.
6. urlnk clear flulds e.g. lemon drlnks, herb Leas (avold Lea/coffee)
7. keep warm, sLay ouL of draughLs.
8. SlL up lf posslble (don'L lay down all day).
GLNLkAL kINCILLS
ln Lhe early sLages of your Lralnlng avold Lhose facLors whlch usually lncrease your breaLhlng
raLe or cause deep breaLhlng and are llkely Lo brlng on asLhma or your sympLoms or make
you lose conLrol of your breaLhlng. 1he mosL common of Lhese are sLrenuous physlcal
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exerclse, runnlng/[ogglng, fasL walklng, emoLlonal slLuaLlons, yelllng/shouLlng, chemlcal and
palnL vapours, alcohol, overeaLlng and oversleeplng.
uo your exerclses as prescrlbed by your pracLlLloner, accordlng Lo your need. uo noL do
more Lhan ls prescrlbed Lo you.
unless you are a Lralned 8uLeyko pracLlLloner, lL ls noL good pracLlce Lo Leach oLher people
Lhese exerclses.
Should your medlcaLlon lnLake lncrease or your condlLlon become less conLrolled Lhen
conLacL 1ess and your medlcal pracLlLloner.
kINCILLS CI 1nL 8U1LkC ML1nCD
What |s norma| breath|ng?
AL resL we should breaLhe abouL 4-6 llLres of alr per mlnuLe.
What |s hypervent||at|on?
PypervenLllaLlon ls deflned as venLllaLlon ln excess of meLabollc requlremenLs.
PypervenLllaLlon (Pv) ls breaLhlng more Lhan 6 llLres per mln. aL resL.
Why |s |t |mportant to breathe correct|y?
1he gas mlx ln Lhe alr we breaLh, 21 oxygen (C2), 0.03 carbon dloxlde (CC2), ls dlfferenL
Lo Lhe gas mlx we need Lo malnLaln ln our lungs, 14 C2, and 3.3-6.3 CC2. 1he body
creaLes CC2 Lhrough meLabollc processes and Lhe lungs have Lhe role of a regulaLor of Lhe
gases Lo malnLaln correcL body funcLlonlng.
nypervent||at|on, what happens?
lf we breaLhe Loo much we exhale more CC2 Lhan we produce, creaLlng a deflclL of CC2. A
cllnlcal Lrlal ln AusLrallan showed hypervenLllaLlon ln all Lhe asLhmaLlc sub[ecLs. 1hey
breaLhed on average abouL 3 Llmes Lhe recommended volume of alr per mlnuLe.
What |s the ro|e of CC2 |n the body?
1. CC2 ls our body's naLural bronchodllaLor, blood vessel dllaLor and smooLh muscle dllaLor.
2. CC2 ls Lhe body's mosL lmporLanL buffer ln Lhe regulaLlon of Lhe body's acld/alkall balance.
Low levels of CC2 may lead Lo resplraLory alkalosls. 1he alkallne shlfLs lnLerfere wlLh Lhe
meLabollc processes and cause a weakenlng ln Lhe lmmune sysLem, whlch can manlfesL ln
allergles, suscepLlblllLy Lo colds, flues and vlruses, lnfecLlons may lead Lo Lhe developmenL of
Lumours.
3. Lowered levels of CC2 sLrengLhens Lhe bond beLween haemoglobln (ln red blood cells) and
C2, Lherefore maklng lL dlfflculL for sufflclenL oxygenaLlon of Lhe Llssues of Lhe braln and
oLher vlLal organs. 1herefore our Llssues may suffer oxygen sLarvaLlon (Pypoxla) regardless
of Lhe amounL of C2 presenL lf Lhere ls lnsufflclenL CC2. C2 sLarvaLlon causes a false feellng
of lnsufflclency of alr, shorLness of breaLh - Lhls prompLs Lhe paLlenL Lo breaLh deeper. 8uL
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Lhe deeper breaLhlng Lhe greaLer Lhe C2 sLarvaLlon can become and Lhe vlscous clrcle ls
compleLed.
lf Carbon uloxlde levels ln Lhe body fall below 3 Lhe whole organlsm dles. 1herefore Lhe
body Lrles Lo guard agalnsL excesslve loss of CC2. Cnce CC2 levels have reached a polnL LhaL
ls consldered lnLolerable by Lhe organlsm, Lhe body creaLes a defence mechanlsm, LhaL
manlfesLs ln consLrlcLlon of Lhe paLhways whlch serve CC2 ellmlnaLlon (blocked nose,
brochospasm, polyp growLh, mucus, spasm of Lhe arLerlal vessels, smooLh muscle of
lnLesLlne, blllary ducLs eLc.) almed aL prevenLlng furLher loss of CC2 as well as aLLempLlng Lo
ralse CC2 levels. 8ecause Lhe body uses Lhe same channels for oxygen provlslon, Lhese
spasms creaLe a shorLage of oxygen supply Lo Lhe braln, hearL eLc., whlch lncreases Lhe
oxygen sLarvaLlon ln Lhe body. 1hus Lhere ls a sLrlcL physlologlcal law:
1he qreoter the overbreothinq - the /ess oxyqen reoches the bodys ce//s.
1he 8eal ulsease
ur. 8uLeyko sLaLes LhaL Lhe real dlsease behlnd asLhma, allergles, emphysema, sleep
apnoea, panlc dlsorders, chronlc faLlgue syndrome, slnus eLc. ls:
P?L8vLn1lLA1lCn S?nu8CML or Lhe dlsease of deep breaLhlng, resulLlng ln Lhe loss of
carbon dloxlde and consequenL meLabollc dlsLurbances ln Lhe body. Pe sees asLhma,
allergles eLc as naLural defences Lo lncorrecL breaLhlng. lor example Lhe physlologlcal
changes LhaL characLerlse asLhma are:
1. smooLh muscle spasm
2. lnflammaLlon
3. lncreased mucus producLlon
1hese componenLs of asLhma can be seen as naLural defence reacLlons of Lhe body, an
aLLempL by Lhe body Lo prevenL furLher loss of CC2, Lo lncrease levels of CC2 and Lo prevenL
dehydraLlon caused by Lhe overbreaLhlng. lf asLhma ls a dlsease of overbreaLhlng Lhen lL
makes sense LhaL we LreaL lL by breaLhlng recondlLlonlng. Many oLher dlseases can be
vlewed as Lhe body's aLLempL Lo creaLe healLh.
1he A|m of the 8uteyko Method
1he 8uLeyko MeLhod alms aL normallslng Lhe breaLhlng raLe and depLh and Lherefore Lhe
CC2 levels (as well as removlng Lhe causes of hypervenLllaLlon), so LhaL meLabollc processes
can be resLored and heallng can occur. As a resulL Lhe sympLoms of overbreaLhlng subslde
compleLely ln mosL cases.
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now does the 8uteyko Method work?
1he 8uLeyko MeLhod uses educaLlon, behavlour modlflcaLlon and breaLhlng exerclses Lo:
1. Cvercome acuLe sympLoms by uslng Lhe naLural dllaLlng effecLs of carbon dloxlde.
2. revenL sympLoms and aLLacks by normallslng carbon dloxlde levels ln Lhe body and reduce
Lhe need for medlcaLlon.
3. 8econdlLlon and normallse Lhe breaLhlng paLLer by re-educaLlon Lhe bralns breaLhlng cenLre
Lo accepL normal levels of carbon dloxlde (3.3-6.3 alveolar alr). 1he breaLhlng cenLre wlll
Lhen auLomaLlcally susLaln a normal breaLhlng paLLern LhaL allows Lhe person Lo malnLaln
Lhe correcL balance of oxygen and carbon dloxlde.
4. lncrease confldence Lhrough greaLer undersLandlng of asLhma and Lhe effecLs of food and
cerLaln behavlours on breaLhlng.