RESEARCH

Clinical Trials

Buteyko & Asthma

 

Buteyko breathing technique and asthma in children: a case series

NZMJ 19 May 2006, Vol 119 No 1234

Patrick McHugh, Bruce Duncan, Frank Houghton

Subjects: 8 children, aged 7-16 years with diagnosis of asthma

Method: case series – all subjects given training in BBT

Results:

  • Reduction in B2-agonist use of 66%
  • Reduction in inhaled steroid use of 41%
  • Improvements in measures of QOL, symptom scores, and courses of oral steroids

 

Health Education in Asthma Management – Does the Buteyko Institute Method Make a Difference?

Thorax 2003:58, suppl III:28

McGowan, J

Subjects: 600 adults with asthma aged 18-69

Method: Randomized blinded control trial. Group 1: Buteyko. Group 2: Asthma nurse education. Group 3: Continued medication control

Results:

  • 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.

 

Effect of two breathing exercises (Buteyko and pranayama) in asthma: a randomised controlled trial

Thorax 2003:58:674-679

S Cooper, J Oborne, S Newton, V Harrison, J Thompson Coon, S Lewis, A Tattersfield

Subjects: 90 adults with asthma

Method: Randomised. Group 1: Buteyko. Group 2: Pink City Lung Exerciser to mimic pranayama. Group 3: Placebo device

Results: Buteyko subjects – improved symptom control and reduction in bronchodilator use. No changes in the other groups.

 

Buteyko Breathing Technique for asthma: an effective intervention

NZMJ 12 December 2003, Vol 116 No 1187

Patrick McHugh, Fergus Aitcheson, Bruce Duncan, Frank Houghton

Subjects: 38 persons with asthma aged between 18 and 70.

Method: Randomised, prospective study. Buteyko and control group.

Results: at six months

BBT group:

  • reduction in inhaled steroid use of 50%
  • Reduction in B2-agonist use of 85%

Control group:

  • Inhaled steroid use: no change
  • B2 agonist reduction of 37%

 

A clinical trial of the Buteyko Breathing Technique in asthma as taught by a video.

J Asthma. 2000:37(7):557-64

Opat AJ, Cohen MM, Bailey MJ, Abramson MJ.

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash Medical School, Alfred Hospital, Prahan, Vic, Australia

Subjects: 36 adults

Method: randomized to receive either a BBT instruction video or placebo video to watch at home twice per day for 4 weeks.

Results: a significant improvement in QOL, significant reduction in inhaled bronchodilator intake.

 

 

Buteyko breathing techniques in asthma: a blinded randomised controlled trial

MJA 1998; 169:575-578

Simon D Bowler, Amanda Green and Charles A Mitchell

Subjects: 39 person with asthma, aged 12 to 70 years

Method: Prospective, blinded, randomised study. BBT group and control group.

Results: after 8 months

BBT group:

  • Improved symptom control
  • 50% reduction in inhaled steroids
  • 90% reduction in broncho-dilator use
  • Improved QOL

Control group:

  • No change, except slight reduction in broncho-dilator use.