This report states that breathing exercises may be a useful supplement to asthma pharmacotherapy.


British Guideline on the Management of Asthma A national clinical guideline, 2016
This report states that breathing exercises can be offered to people with asthma as a useful supplement to pharmacological
treatment to improve quality of life and reduce symptoms.

Buteyko Publications

Adelola, et al, (2013)
Role of Buteyko Breathing Technique in asthmatics with nasal symptoms’,
Clinical Otolaryngology, April; 38(2):190–1

Austin, et al, (2009)
‘Buteyko Breathing Technique reduces hyperventilation induced
hypocapnoea and dyspnoea after exercise in asthma’, Pulmonary
Rehabilitation, B58 A3409

Borg, et al, (2004)
The Buteyko Method increases end-tidal CO2 and decreases ventilatory
responsiveness in asthma’, The Australian and New Zealand Society of
Respiratory Science Inc 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting

Bowler, et al, (1998)
Buteyko breathing techniques in asthma: a blinded randomized
controlled trial’, Medical Journal of Australia, Dec 7-21; 169 (pp11–2).

Burgess, et al, (2011)
Systematic review of the effectiveness of breathing retraining in asthma
management’, Respiratory Medicine, 5(6)

Cooper, et al, (2003)
Effect of two breathing exercises (Buteyko and pranayama) in asthma: a
randomised controlled trial’, Thorax, 58:674–9

Cowie, et al, (2008)
A randomized controlled trial of the Buteyko technique as an adjunct to
conventional management of asthma’, Respiratory Medicine, May,

Hassan, et al, (2012)
Effect of Buteyko breathing technique on patients with bronchial asthma’,
Egyptian Journal of Chest Diseases and Tuberculosis, 61, pp235–41

McHugh, et al, (2006),
Buteyko breathing technique and asthma in children: a case
series’, The New Zealand Medical Journal, May 19, 119(1234)

Lina, et al, (2014),
Effectiveness of Buteyko Method in Asthma Control and Quality
of Life of School-age Children’,

McHugh, et al, (2003)
Buteyko Breathing Technique (BBT) for asthma: an effective
intervention’, The New Zealand Medical Journal, Dec 12, 116(1187)

McGowan, J, (2003)
Health Education: Does the Buteyko Institute Method make a
difference?’ Thorax, Vol 58, suppl III, p28, December

Opat, et al, (2000)
A clinical trial of the Buteyko Breathing Technique in asthma as
taught by a video’, Journal Asthma, 37(7):557–64

Ravinder, et al, (2012)
A Study of effects of Buteyko Breathing Technique on Asthmatic
Patients’, Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational
Therapy – An International Journal 6(2), 224–8

Ruth, A, (2014)
The Buteyko breathing technique in effective asthma
management’, Nursing in General Practice, 7(2), 14–6

Villareal, M C, et al, (2014)
Effect of Buteyko Method on Asthma Control and Quality of Life of
Filipino Adults with Bronchial Asthma”, The Journal of
MacroTrends in Health and Medicine, Vol 2 Issue 1.


Birch, M. 2019 (Book)
Breathe: the 4-week breathing retraining plan to relieve stress, anxiety and panic. Hachette Australia.

Birch, M. 2015. (Journal Article)
Breathing Retraining in Anxiety and Panic Disorder. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal. 23(4) 31-33.


Birch, M. 2012. (20-Page Report)
Sleep apnoea and breathing retraining. To what extent is the Buteyko Institute Method of breathing retraining effective for sleep apnoea? A survey of Buteyko Institute practitioners’ experiences with clients suffering from sleep apnoea. PDF

Birch, M. 2012. (Journal Article)
Sleep Apnoea: a survey of breathing retraining, Australian Nursing Journal, October, 20(4):40-41.

Birch M. 2004. (Journal Article)
Clinical Update: Obstructive sleep apnoea and breathing retraining, Australian Nursing Journal, August.

Author: Mary Birch