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Buteyko asthma benefits

Buteyko breathing therapy – which teaches people with asthma how to ‘breathe less' – reduces use of inhaled steroids and improves symptoms and quality of life in people with asthma, a Canadian study suggests.

A trial of the therapy in 129 people aged 18 to 50 found a 40% drop in inhaled steroid use after six months, compared with a 7% drop in a control group who had been taught simple breathing and relaxation exercises. The proportion of patients with control of their asthma rose from 40% to 79% in the Buteyko group and 44% to 72% in the control group. Both groups showed significant improvements in quality of life.

Respiratory Medicine 2008;102:726-32

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