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Clinical Trials investigating BBM (Buteyko Breathing Method) in asthma patients

Clinical Trials: List

Medical Journal Australia 1998

Buteyko breathing techniques in asthma: a blinded randomized controlled trial. Bowler

The breathing volume of asthmatics decreased from 14 litres to 9.6 litres per minute, their symptoms reduced by 70%, the need for rescue medication decreased by 90%, and the need for preventer steroid medication decreased by 49% in 3 months.

Journal Asthma 2000

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

" BBT was shown to improve the quality of life and reduce the reliance on bronchodilator medication compared with the placebo group".

The New Zealand Medical Journal 2003

Buteyko Breathing Technique (BBT) for asthma: an effective intervention. McHugh

At 6 months the Buteyko Group achieved the following:

  • Reliever medication decreased by 85%

  • Inhaled Corticosteroids decreased by 50%

BMJ Thorax 2003 (UK)

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

"...Buteyko technique had reduced asthma symptoms and bronchodilator use compared with the other two groups..."

The New Zealand Medical Journal 2006

Buteyko Breathing Technique and asthma in children: a case series. McHugh

At 3 months; Buteyko Group achieved:

  • Reliever medication decreased by 66%

  • Inhaled Corticosteroids decreased by 41%

BMJ Thorax 2006 (UK)

Double-blind randomised controlled trial of two different breathing techniques in the management of asthma. Slader

  • Reliever medication decreased by 86%

  • Inhaled Corticosteroids decreased by 50%

Respiratory Medicine 2007 Canada (Univ. of Calgary)

A randomised controlled trial of the Buteyko technique as an adjunct to conventional management of asthma. Cowie

At six month follow up the Buteyko group had:

  • Improved asthma control from 40% to 75%

  • 39% of patients decreased inhaled corticosteroids

  • 21% eliminated inhaled corticosteroids


Buteyko Breathing Technique Reduces Hyperventilation−Induced Hypocaponea and Dyspnoea after Exercise in Asthma. Austin

Our study demonstrated the hypothesised physiology of BBT, improving hyperventilation induced hypocapnoea and breathlessness, following maximal exercise. By teaching patients to reduce hypernoea of breathing (the rate &depth), BBT may reduce asthma symptoms and improve exercise tolerance and control.

Respiratory Medicine: Expert Review 2011

Systematic review of the effectiveness of breathing retraining in asthma management. Burgess

Individual studies using BBT consistently demonstrated a reduction in asthma medication use, and together with respiratory physiotherapy studies, often showed an improvement in AQOL and the subjective experience of asthma symptoms.

Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy 2012

A study of effects of Buteyko Breathing Technique on Asthmatic Patients. Ravinder

Buteyko Breathing exercises when done regularly and properly can stop or reverse the decline in lung function and reduce dyspnea in asthmatic patients. 

Egyptian Journal of Chest Diseases and Tuberculosis 2012

Effect of Buteyko breathing technique on patients with bronchial asthma. Hassan

..."Even though no study has indicated exactly why Buteyko is so effective at controlling asthma if a drug could show these results, then it is likely that it would be used widely in asthma control"...

"It significantly decreases the recurrence and the severity of the main bronchial asthma symptoms(nocturnal waking, morning symptoms activity limitation, shortness of breath, wheezing, PEFR% predicted, and Inhaled Corticosteroids). And it significantly increases PEFR. BBT will improve patient’s function level and the capacity for independent living by decreasing the severity of asthma symptoms and recurrence of asthma attacks".

Clinical Rehabilitation 2012

Comparison of the effects of Buteyko and pranayama breathing techniques on quality of life in patients with asthma - a randomized controlled trial. Prem

Post intervention, the Buteyko group showed better trends of improvement (mean (95% confidence interval), P-value) in total Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire score than the pranayama and control groups.

Clinical Otolaryngology 2013 (UK)

Role of Buteyko breathing technique in asthmatics with nasal symptoms. Adelola

 Results showed a 70% reduction of nasal symptoms in participants, including snoring, loss of smell, nasal congestion, and difficulty breathing through the nose.

International Journal Physiother 2014

To study the effectiveness of Buteyko breathing technique versus diaphragmatic breathing in Asthmatics. Gauri

Conclusion: The Buteyko breathing technique proves to be more effective than diaphragmatic breathing technique in asthmatics.

The Journal of MacroTrends in Health and Medicine 2014

Effect of Buteyko Method on Asthma Control and Quality of Life of Filipino Adults with Bronchial Asthma. Villareal

"...the Buteyko Method can improve the physical, social, emotional, and occupational impact of asthma as seen in the overall improvement of the subjects’ quality of life scores."

International Journal of Medicine and Public Health 2015

Effect of Buteyko breathing exercise in newly diagnosed asthmatic patients. Prasanna

"The results of this study support the effectiveness of Buteyko breathing exercise over the standard treatment in the newly diagnosed asthmatic patients."

..."With an intervention that is safe, equally efficacious, and cheap, it is possible to use this Buteyko breathing technique as a primary treatment method in the management of asthmatic patients at the primary health care level itself."

International Journal of Current Research 2016

To compare the efficacy of pursed-lip breathing and Buteyko breathing technique to reduce the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma in obese children. Chavda

"...clinically subjects with Buteyko breathing technique showed more improvement than subjects with pursed-lip breathing technique."

Bulletin of Faculty of Physical Therapy Egypt 2016

Efficacy of noninvasive respiratory techniques in the treatment of children with bronchial asthma: a randomized controlled trial. Elnaggar

This study demonstrated that the Buteyko Breathing Technique and the TLPT can effectively improve the total serum IgE, the ventilatory function in terms of FVC, FEV 1, PEF, FEF 25–75% and FEV 1/FVC, and C-ACT scores in children with bronchial asthma. However, Buteyko breathing was more significantly effective compared with the TLPT.

International Journal of Recent Scientific Research 2016

Effectiveness of Buteyko breathing technique on respiratory physiological parameters among patients with bronchial asthma. Huidrom

Buteyko Breathing Technique was found to be significantly effective in improving the respiratory physiological parameters among patients with bronchial asthma.

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2017

Buteyko Method for Children with Asthma and Mouth Breathing: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Mendonca/McKeown

The Buteyko Method improved the sleep disorders scores, lung function, and reduced the number of school absences in children with asthma and mouth breathing.

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2017

Buteyko Method for Children with Asthma: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Mendonca/Mckeown

Data from the present showed that the Buteyko Method was effective to improve some lung function and symptoms parameters. Both Buteyko Method and asthma education improved quality of life in the children assessed.

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