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Buteyko Breathing: How to Stop Asthma Wheezing Without Medication

Mom of 3 sons and avid traveler. My family has dealt with breathing problems for 30 years.

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Buteyko Breathing Steps

  1. Relax (not easy when your breathing is distressed).
  2. Exhale as long as you can.
  3. Hold your breath. When you can't hold it any longer...
  4. Inhale deeply through your nose. You must inhale through your nose so that the air is cleaned, moisturized, and warmed. This works even if your nose is stuffed or runny.
  5. Repeat as necessary.

Sunday Night Allergy Attack

It's Sunday night, and my son, Aaron, is coughing. He woke up this morning coughing, and tonight the coughing has turned to wheezing. The wheezing makes a squeaking sound as he inhales and exhales.

Outside, the fruitless mulberry trees, junipers, and sycamores are in full bloom. As the temperature drops outside, the moisture in the air increases, and the pollen settles to the ground. This results in a higher concentration of pollen during the evening hours. Aaron is going to have trouble if something doesn't change.

We don't have an inhaler anywhere in the house. Nobody has needed one in months. His brother, who lives across town, probably has a Ventolin inhaler, so we could try borrowing his. The closest emergency room is 25 miles away. Aaron seems annoyed by the wheezing; he's not distressed or frightened. If he becomes distressed or frightened, we will go immediately to the hospital.

The Peter Principle says, "If anything can go wrong it will." I would add to that: "It will go wrong on a Saturday or a Sunday night." On a weekday, you can call the doctor and go for an evaluation during business hours. There's less anxiety, and no one needs to consider a trip to the emergency room.

A Word of Caution

Before getting into the details of the Buteyko breathing technique, I want to stress that if you are new to breathing and/or asthma issues, please do not try to diagnose or treat on your own. Go immediately to your doctor or to the emergency room.

Having a deep understanding of asthma, allergies, and wheezing is vital when dealing with a breathing crisis. My family has dealt with breathing problems for 30 years. Any parent who has asthma or has a child with asthma has a finely tuned ear. You learn to listen carefully and act before the situation gets out of control.

If you are new to wheezing/breathing difficulties and asthma, don't fool around. Get to the doctor or hospital immediately.

My Experience With Buteyko Breathing

I still have it ingrained in my mind that if the runny nose can be stopped, everything will get better. Diphenhydramine HCL is the active ingredient in Benadryl. I had to pull the label completely off before I could find the dosage information, it was on the most obscure part of the label. Then my husband remembered Buteyko breathing. Our trainer taught us to avoid hyperventilating while cycling, using this method of breathing. She said it was also good for treating asthma. I couldn't believe my husband remembered what to do.

After doing the Buteyko breathing steps, we were amazed. The results were immediate. This method of breathing helps you to train yourself to breathe through your nose. Once you reduce the rate of breathing, the amount of CO2 increases and relaxes the spasms in your lungs When muscles are relaxed they absorb oxygen better. (By definition asthma is the muscle spasms of the tiniest air sacs in the lungs. Muscle spasms prevent the absorption of oxygen.) Currently, my son has no wheezing and is nearly asleep. Buteyko breathing certainly came to the rescue for my son tonight.

Shortly after learning about Buteyko breathing I ran a 5K. As I was rounding a bend there was a lady bent over crying. I stopped, she was having trouble breathing and had used her inhaler and still couldn't breathe. I told her about the Buteyko technique and demonstrated. As we walked we did this form of deep breathing. In no time she was able to breathe and started running again. She was very happy.

One Year Later

Yesterday was the first day of spring. I have a terrible cold. Buteyko breathing helps you breathe when you have a cold too. At the first sign of what I call the "Dry asthma cough," I began to intentionally slow my breathing. Follow Buteyko breathing, exhale, hold, inhale deeply through the nose for as long as you can. While doing this hold your nostrils open. Repeat until the dry cough is gone. Usually, two or three cycles of this technique will stop the cough. Once you are breathing well, relax; enjoy breathing.

Respiratory System

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Identify Your Asthma Triggers

Years ago, I thought, "If this kid's runny nose would just stop running he won't have an asthma attack." The advice nurse always agreed. She would tell me to give the boy a cold remedy for children that was orange. They were specific about it being the orange medicine. Son # 1 would go immediately into an acute asthma attack. Off to the emergency room, minutes away. I am ashamed to say I took the advice nurses suggestions for at least 3 years. Then I read an article about yellow #5 being an asthma trigger. It seems like yellow #5 is in everything: cold medicine, jelly beans, even Gatorade. We changed cold medication and went to a pediatric pulmonary specialist. He was able to help us control our son's asthma and taught us some skills to handle our son's drama.

Finding the allergy triggers for your family is important. Yellow number #5 wasn't a problem for us until the nose was runny; then it was a big problem. We also discovered cottonwood trees and mold under the rim of the shower was a trigger. We switched to a purple cold medicine. the asthma attacks stopped happening every 3 weeks. They actually stretched to several years between attacks. We also left behind the Cottonwood trees the boy was allergic to when we moved. Our new home, in the town where I lived during high school, had allergies that gave my husband difficulty, but not my son.

Learning your asthma triggers it helps if you avoid or manage them. Research in the past few years is turning away from the idea that you must stay away from your triggers completely. Now the thinking is that our environments are too sanitized. With two Border Collies and a large dusty backyard, this isn't our problem. Still, every time someone in the family has allergies I start cleaning. Except tonight, we are extremely clean after a party yesterday. So, here we are, Sunday night everyone's nose is dripping from allergies. Aaron is wheezing, We know our triggers are high and nobody wants to drive 25 miles to hear the ER doctor say, "You have allergies/asthma. You should have an inhaler."

"I already know that," says my bad attitude.

Our local Fire Fighters sponsor a 5K run which begins in this beautiful location. It was just below this area I met the lady who couldn't breathe.

Our local Fire Fighters sponsor a 5K run which begins in this beautiful location. It was just below this area I met the lady who couldn't breathe.

Warning

Difficulty breathing should never be treated casually, This method of controlling asthma should be used before an asthma attack begins. Buteyko breathing can be used on the way to the hospital, but never in as a stand alone solution in the midst of breathing crisis. This is especially important to remember if you have never experienced asthma before.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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Hayley on October 05, 2015:

Thank you so much for this. I stupidly didn't get a new inhaler and caught a chest infection that caused wheezing and I could barely sleep.

This breathing technique absolutely works! I am so much more relaxed and in control. Thank you from the UK!

Haleigh pillarella on November 28, 2014:

this was really helpful

Maarten Smit from Ede, Netherlands on August 13, 2014:

Wow, this is great therapy. Know so many people with asthma using bad medication. Thanks for sharing

Judy Specht (author) from California on March 20, 2014:

Michelle, I use a lot of home made cleaners. Thanks for your suggestion.

Michelle on March 20, 2014:

Get rid of the toxic chemical cleaners you use in your home. Watch the allergies go down almost immediately. If your interested, I replaced all mine with Freshana Organic Solutions cleaners. FreshanaOrganic.com

Judy Specht (author) from California on January 19, 2014:

gldie, What kind of oil?

gldie on January 19, 2014:

Am trying hot water also and oil,its litle bit helping

Judy Specht (author) from California on January 14, 2014:

oliwier- Thank you for visiting. I have never heard of avoiding cold water for asthma. Thanks for the tip.

Judy Specht (author) from California on January 14, 2014:

jessica- Thanks, I will look up jaineti kriya.

Vignesh- Thanks for visiting.

Richard Warren from London, United Kingdom on January 13, 2014:

My dad have an asthma. He usually avoid drinking cold water. He also have inhaler in his cabinet in case his asthma attack.

Judy Specht (author) from California on October 27, 2013:

caseymel, Thanks for stopping by- allergy induced asthma must be a coastal thing. My husband was fine until he moved from the Midwest to the west coast.

Melanie Casey from Indiana on October 27, 2013:

I developed Allergy-induced Asthma when I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast two years ago. I am on tons of medicine for allergies and asthma, but would love to find a more natural way to help relieve the symptoms.

Hariom from INDIA (Haryana) SAMPLA on April 27, 2013:

I use hot water.

Judy Specht (author) from California on April 26, 2013:

Hariom Singhal- would you use hot or cold water for soaking your feet?

Very good ideas. Thank you.

Hariom from INDIA (Haryana) SAMPLA on April 26, 2013:

Whenever you feel asthma attack.Take some water in bucket and place your feet in it for some time.

Eat garlic and onion in your food.

Eat before sunset in evening.

Drink a glass of hot water before going to bed.

Consume honey with ginger juice.

Judy Specht (author) from California on April 17, 2013:

itemiser, It is truly amazing how well this works.

Judy Specht (author) from California on April 17, 2013:

Sue,

Greetings. Thanks for visiting. It is amazing how small things can help so much

Itemiser on April 17, 2013:

I suffer from wheezing following eating wheat. I just tried this 4 times in a row and my symptoms have reduced about 80%................ THANK YOU.

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on March 23, 2013:

Good hub. I read up on this when I was doing my hubs on Alternative Therapies. I also saw a documentary on TV a few years ago and found it very interesting.

Judy Specht (author) from California on March 07, 2013:

Doctors Office Columbus, Thanks for visiting. The key is to stay controlled and not freak. I am delighted how well this works.

Doctors Office Columbus on March 07, 2013:

Great tips!! Asthma is scary but tips like this can help us relax our mind and possibly cure it as well.

Judy Specht (author) from California on February 22, 2013:

LucidDreams- If only I could convince my eldest son this works.

LucidDreams from St Petersburg, Florida on February 21, 2013:

tirelesstraveler

I have now made this one of my most used methods to control breathing and open airways. I was a skeptic but have seem some good results. Thanks once again!

Judy Specht (author) from California on February 21, 2013:

I am sorry. Asthma is scary.

Nick Othen on February 21, 2013:

This brings back memories of my childhood...

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mitowrite from Austin, Texas,USA on February 05, 2013:

I definitely remember being a kid, and even a couple times within the past few years, where I've gotten anxiety as soon as I realize I can't breathe. Boo asthma. But breathing exercises my mother taught me always helped, just as if you were using an imaginary paper bag for hyperventilation. Great article and great advice!

Judy Specht (author) from California on February 04, 2013:

Tealparadise- Thinking can have a tremendous effect on the body. I just learned about how thoughts are attached to chemicals. Every time we have a thought a chemical is released and new connections are made. If you think about the same things over and over the thought patterns literally become ruts in the brain. So worrying about "what if's" can cause you difficulty. Brain research is fascinating.

jairus-marl on February 04, 2013:

Thanks for this very helpful information. Asthma attack is a very serious issue that needs to be attended right away. Having a greater knowledge about asthma and it's symptoms would be very helpful. Thanks.

Actually, I do have a blog about asthma, the signs and symptoms and how to prevent it in a very effective way. Unfortunately, I can't post the URLs here since it would break hubpage's policy. But you can still find it though on my profile.

Thanks again. (Nice and very helpful information) Thumbs up for this. :)

Tealparadise on February 03, 2013:

"I still have it ingrained in my mind that if the runny nose can be stopped everything will get lots better. " YES. I totally agree with this article. As someone who has had moderate asthma for my entire life, this is the cycle:

1. allergies

2. start hoping I don't get asthma (e.g. thinking about it)

3. is that a tickle? Is my breathing shallow?

4. get asthma

And it will just repeat as long as the allergies keep up. I actually do a different breathing technique, but the basis is the same. Deep breaths to convince yourself you're okay, and relax and get your mind off of it. An allegra and deep breathing works as well as my inhaler for a mild non-attack.

Judy Specht (author) from California on February 03, 2013:

Hi peachwithasmile- The nice thing about this breathing technique is you are so busy trying to figure it out that you don't have time to panic. Great of you to stop.

LucidDreams- Win lose or draw the breathing is healthy. Happy you are using the Buteyko breatjng. The benefits to general health are excellent.

Deep breathing helps neutralize the blood, which is always a good thing.

peachwithasmile from Wilmington, Ohio on February 03, 2013:

I will have to try this the next time I am wheezing. I try to stay clam but sometimes I panic and here comes the full blown asthma attack.

LucidDreams from St Petersburg, Florida on February 03, 2013:

I agree, just so you know, I have been practicing the breathing techniques any time I feel my chest getting a little tight.

Judy Specht (author) from California on February 02, 2013:

LucidDreams- You are correct to advise having an inhaler in the house. We do. No worries. It is always better to be safe than sorry:)

LucidDreams from St Petersburg, Florida on February 02, 2013:

I wanted to add, what I said may of sounded critical and I did not mean to judge, apologize if it cam across that wayAND the breathing ideas really seem to have a positive affect. This is a great resource as you see those pre-asthma attack symptoms coming!

LucidDreams from St Petersburg, Florida on February 02, 2013:

Hi tirelesstraveler

I told you I would stop by and check out this hub. Nice and engaging story and this technique is very interesting and helpful. One thing that really concerns me though is you not having an inhaler in the house at all. Also, while you were thinking about ways to control it, you probably should have been driving to your sons house to get the inhaler. Asthma is VERY serious and I am a lifetime sufferer 44 years.

According to the AAFA, 9 people die prematurely to asthma each day in the usa. Not everyone gets saved. Sometimes you just stop breathing and die. All i'm saying is, the breathing technique is great, I really like it and have used it once already, but for goodness sake. if you have asthma sufferers in your home, atleast have an inhaler somewhere safe so if an emergency arises, you have the breathing option and the inhaler option. Otherwise, your basically just taking chances with your families lives.

Thanks again

Judy Specht (author) from California on January 24, 2013:

Lesliebyars, moonlake, livewire, Thank you all very much for stopping in .

I had an acute asthma attack on Sunday night. While one of my kids had them regularly for several years it was a new experience for me. I have been using this breathing method for several day now and it is keeping things under control. It is amazing

moonlake from America on January 21, 2013:

I'll tell all my kids this and my granddaughter. They all have asthma. We use to give our son coke or pepsi when he had an attack it helped. It helped him in the morning when he would get up with a cough. Voted up.

lesliebyars on January 21, 2013:

I have asthma but, very mild. This past December, I got walking pneumonia and had an episode where just walking across the parking lot into work, threw me into a panic attack. I voted up on your hub as well as intersting.

Judy Specht (author) from California on January 19, 2013:

Rosie, so glad that panic didn't paralyze you. Thanks for stopping in.

Romel Tarroza from Philippines on January 19, 2013:

I saw my sister suffered from this illness (Ashma). Everynight she can't sleep. But now she's already coping up, what she did was to exercise (jogging) and do swimming.

Romel Tarroza from Philippines on January 19, 2013:

I saw my sister suffered from this illness (Ashma). Everynight she can't sleep. But now she's already coping up, what she did was to exercise (jogging) and do swimming.

Audrey Surma from Virginia on January 18, 2013:

Well written and interesting article. I've never had asthma until last year, I had to get an inhaler as I couldn't breathe and was wheezing. My doctor said it was environmental (work place). I believe there is mold and the humidity is 22%. I discovered the method you described when I panicked one day as I couldn't get enough air and looked up solutions. I had read it would help in strenthening lungs as well.

Judy Specht (author) from California on January 17, 2013:

phildazz, I will indeed check out Anise Seed. Thanks for the the tip.

Allan Philip from Toronto on January 17, 2013:

I suffered from Asthma as a kid until I reached 18 yrs. My mother used to give me tea of Anise seed. I think, I was eventually cured from drinking the tea or I just grew out of the asthma. Asthma sufferers should Google Anise Seed and check out the benefits of drinking it.

tebo from New Zealand on January 15, 2013:

An interesting hub. I only recently started to feel some asthma symptoms due I think to pollen etc. I have always had mucous in my throat and wonder whether that is due to environmental triggers. This breathing technique is quite simple and does feel nice, not that I get serious asthma, but well worth trying. Thanks for the information.

Judy Specht (author) from California on January 09, 2013:

Daisydayz glad you can be proactive with deep breathing.

Judy Specht (author) from California on January 09, 2013:

Sandy, My pleasure to be of help.

Sandy Sagovia on January 09, 2013:

Thank you for this post, its very helpful for me as a mother, I learned organic medication for my kids.

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on October 31, 2012:

I believe in controlled breathing techniques too. People rely too heavily on inhalers sometimes, so i have trained myself to be able to calm my breathing enough to gain control 90% of the time. I have very bad allergies to pollen, dust, chemicals, alsorts but they usually don't have too much of an effect on my asthma, unless I can't stop sneezing! My worst times are in the winter, the cold air automatically causes my throat to constrict and starts me wheezing, but breathing through my nose in slow deep breaths can usually help it easy and open again, I have used my inhaler only a handful of times in the past 8 years. Usually when I get a chest or throat infection and my doctor tells me I have too. This is a great treatment, interesting hub indeed!

Judy Specht (author) from California on October 30, 2012:

Best of luck yankeeintexas. I used it this morning,

yankeeintexas from Lubbock, Texas on October 30, 2012:

I suffer from seasonal asthma (basicly from the annual cotton harvest is west Texas) I think I will give this a try tonight when I go to bed.

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on October 29, 2012:

Tireless, I have good insurance - praise God. Yes, it is very difficult to sing with the discomfort in my chest.

Judy Specht (author) from California on October 29, 2012:

Hezekiah , Glad to hear they have good medication in Japan

dianetrotter, Wow. That must cost a fortune. Thanks for visiting and best of luck. It's hard to sing if breathing is difficult.

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on October 29, 2012:

I had asthma as a child. I thought I outgrew it as a young adult. I began having problems with allergies to everything I love: tomatoes, wheats, corn, and a whole list of stuff I basically ignored. Now I'm classified with COPD. I take singular, advair, symbicort, nasonex, and proventil. I do the deep breathing with my choir classes. I will become more purposeful and follow this method to a t.

Hezekiah from Japan on October 29, 2012:

Very interesting, I am from the UK but only suffered from Asthma after moving to live in Japan, but they have good medication, expensive but heals it without an inhaler.

Anjo Bacarisas II from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on August 23, 2012:

very well posted hub, great idea and very helpful.. this will help people very mcuh ...

Karen Metz from Michigan on August 21, 2012:

Very interesting! I will have to try this the next time I have an attack.

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on August 18, 2012:

Great article. It will definitely save the life someone you know or someone you love, who has asthma

Judy Specht (author) from California on August 16, 2012:

Zoe, You should call your doctor. If you don't have any insurance call your local clinic. They would be better able to advice you. Whatever the problem it sounded very scary and is worthy of investigation.

zoe on August 16, 2012:

I'm not sure if I had an asthma attack or not, but I was rushing on my bike to my boyfriends house because he was very upset, then about halfway there my chest was super tight and I couldn't breathe and my right side of my face was all numb so I didn't know what to do, I just kept riding slowly while holding my chest.it was like that for about ten or fifteen minutes. What's this mean?

Josh Bell on August 04, 2012:

Very interesting. Thank you

Ruth Pieterse on July 31, 2012:

I'm an asthmatic and find this most interesting. Thanks for sharing.

ITcoach from United States on July 31, 2012:

Asthma is as big problem not only in winter as well as in the Humid and summer as well. Precautions are necessary to follow. The diseased must keep its body warm as well but to avoid smoke and humidity as well.

So far as the Hub concerned . The nice piece of sharing about health. Agreed and voted up.

Judy Specht (author) from California on July 30, 2012:

securityproducts My dad had asthma, my mother-in-law had asthma. My eldest has suffered with asthma 28 years. I can't talk him into using this, but surely wish I could. Abuterol for that long worries my. Best of luck.

This helps with my sports breathing. When I was in college we were playing with peak flow meters. My prof was amazed that mine was so low.

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on July 30, 2012:

This breathing method is similar to what I use to teach singer's breathing to my students. I have asthma but don't have many attacks. Maybe the breathing is helping me.

KevinC9998 on July 30, 2012:

My 19 year old suffers from asthma. This was a very informative hub which I boted up and useful, thanks Kevin

securityproducts3 on July 29, 2012:

If this works then this could possibly be the most useful Hub that I have ever read. I have struggled with asthma almost my entire life, so this could be very useful! Thanks for this great Hub!

Judy Specht (author) from California on July 28, 2012:

LEWMaxwell- Thank you . I had hoped I had made it clear that our family have been dealing with asthma for over 25 years and have experience with this. Our first son was hospitalized at 16 months. You are most certainly correct that asthma needs to be kept under control

Leslie Schock from Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 28, 2012:

Thanks you for this information. I was aware of a breathing technique, which anyone with asthma knows is already a luxury, that would help stop an attack. Thank you for this alternative for an immediate attack. But everyone needs to understand that asthma can cause death if not treated properly.

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on July 26, 2012:

Thank you tirelesstraveler. An excellent hub. I've had asthma since I was 3 and I couldn't live a normal life until we discovered inhalers. There was one doctor in a 'new' town who said there was no such thing as asthma, so I had to buy the inhaler over the counter. After a few years when that became illegal, I went back to the Doc and it was a different one who was actually studying asthma: I was OK after that.

Your breathing technique makes a lot of sense, and I'm going to try it the next time I reach for my Ventolin.

Venugopaal from India on July 22, 2012:

Thanks for sharing it. It help very much for an asthma patient. http://complete-healthcare.blogspot.com/

Judy Specht (author) from California on July 20, 2012:

paninamate, Coffee works indeed. During a sleep over one of the kids started having an asthma attack. I couldn't give him drugs and he didn't want to go home so I gave him coffee. We each had a cup ;he stopped coughing and I had energy to keep track of a bunch of 10 year old boys.

Thanks for reminding me of this alternative.

Paninanimate on July 19, 2012:

Lung expanding breathing techniques are probably worth a try. I used to have athsma and could not tolerate any of the standard medications. I finally determined that for myself 4 or 5 cups of extremely strong coffee followed by water then a hot shower was the answer.

Judy Specht (author) from California on July 18, 2012:

HLKeeley, I am going back and highlight the part about going to the hospital. It is vital to get medical attention if you have trouble breathing with out previous difficulty.

Thanks for visiting.

HL Keeley from Charlotte, NC on July 17, 2012:

This helps me breathe when I have attacks. People suggest like plants and inhaling weird crap. This is honestly the best way. The trick to Asthma is to learn how to breath differently. Sometimes though you might need to go to a doctor if this method doesn't work. Don't go looking in the garden. Go to the hospital or take your medicine!

Great Hub! Voted up.

Judy Specht (author) from California on July 17, 2012:

Khmohsin Greetings. I will indeed continue to pass on information that will be helpful for becoming healthy and staying healthy.

khmohsin on July 17, 2012:

tirelesstraveler thanks for updating this precious information piece to the viewers. It is not only beneficial for the diseased but also for the ones that are seeking precautions from Asthma. Keep it up your positive work in the same way.

khmohsin on July 17, 2012:

tirelesstraveler thanks for updating this precious information piece to the viewers. It is not only beneficial for the diseased but also for the ones that are seeking precautions from Asthma. Keep it up your positive work in the same way.

Judy Specht (author) from California on July 15, 2012:

Peter Geekie- Thanks for stopping. I use this and it works nicely.

Tillsontitan- Wow, Thanks for letting me know this was on Hot Hubs. I am thrilled.

HVW- Welcome

Cogerson- Thank you for your kind words.

a4j- I am highly honored a doctor would praise my writing.

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on July 13, 2012:

Dear tirelesstraveler

Thank you for a well researched and informative article. My wife is an asthma sufferer from time to time but hates using inhalers.

Kind regards Peter

Mary Craig from New York on July 06, 2012:

You've included a LOT of useful information in this hub. Sharing your knowledge is sure to help others! First-hand experience is the best, as you pointed out with your experience with the nurse's suggestion, sometimes you wonder what the medical profession really knows!!

I came across this hub as it is listed in Hot Hubs...don't know for how long since Hot Hubs is like Hub Scores, up and down...but it is there now! (: phdast is the one who told me about Hot Hubs.)

Voted up, useful and interesting.

William Benner from Savannah GA. on July 05, 2012:

Great hub for wh0 suffer from this condition! Voted up!

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on July 03, 2012:

One of the best advice hubs that I have ever read on HubPages....my nephew suffers from asthma and I will be sure to e-mail this link. Voted up and very very useful. Job well done.

Ashish Joshi from India on June 16, 2012:

very useful indeed...I'm a doctor by proffesion...didn't know about it at all...thank you so much for this...indirectly, you have helped a lot.

Joseph G Caldwell from Lexington, KY on June 16, 2012:

Thank you Tirelesstraveler.

Judy Specht (author) from California on June 16, 2012:

jakta- its so very easy to do with so many good side effects. Blessings

Joseph- I need to increase my Omega 3's and tisanes what you wrote is also amazingly good for cancer.

padmendre- Greetings. This also works for bicyclist to avoid hyperventilation. Thanks for stopping.

subscribing- Thanks for stopping

Vanderleeli -Always amazed at how dietary changes make such a difference, but the do.

Vespawolf- Nice to see you. I use it regularly. Glad it has been helpful.

jakta on June 16, 2012:

My mother is suffering from asthama..i am gonna show this article to her..

Thanks for the lovely hub..

Joseph G Caldwell from Lexington, KY on June 16, 2012:

Interesting hub. I didn't know about Buteyko breathing. I've managed to stay off my inhaler by eating an anti-inflammatory diet which means no processed foods, lots of Omega 3's, reduced Omega 6 fats, anti-inflammatory herbs/spices/herbal teas: turmeric, garlic, cloves, ginger, green tea, licorice root, eucalyptus, licorice root, mullein, peppermint, etc.

PADMENDRA S R from DELHI/NCR on June 16, 2012:

Very useful for the people suffering out of this.

subscribing on June 15, 2012:

Cool hub. Nice work.

Vanderleelie on June 15, 2012:

Thank you for describing this technique. I suffered from asthma in the past, but have been able to eliminate it with dietary changes - avoiding dairy and eggs. This exercise will be helpful to anyone who wants to stop using an inhaler and is in the process of gradually reducing medication levels.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 15, 2012:

After reading this hub, I have used this breathing method repeatedly and found it to be very effective!! Thank you so much!!

sacramentobbroker on June 15, 2012:

Thank you for this very informative and helpful hub. Voting up all the way.

Judy Specht (author) from California on June 14, 2012:

agyulpes- greetings

Diana 23- I am thrilled this was so helpful. Blessings.

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