Minneapolis, MN, August 15, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- For the countless asthma sufferers in the US and worldwide what are the options to treat this chronic illness? The Buteyko Clinic in Minneapolis offers a very effective natural breathing therapy that, when used as adjunct to carefully considered conventional treatment, might send asthma into lifelong remission.
More than 16 million adults and 7 million children in the U.S. have asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s three times the total reported just 25 years ago. The cornerstone principle of conventional treatment of asthma is to relieve symptoms with bronchodilators and prevent asthma aggravations with corticosteroids. But those powerful remedies come with side effects, and using them daily for years is walking a thin line between benefits and risks. A recent nationwide survey of 2,500 asthma patients 12 and older found that, despite better medications and the increased availability of asthma education, there has been little decline in hospitalizations or ER visits for asthma over the last 10 years and little meaningful improvement in key markers of asthma control – hospitalizations, emergency room visits, unscheduled health care visits, and missed school or work days.
While a number of non-drug CAM techniques and remedies are suggested to relieve asthma, it can be overwhelming to explore all CAM choices as they usually lack clinical trials and systemized data to reach a solid conclusion as to their effectiveness. But with a cautious approach and choosing therapies whose value has been documented, complementary techniques can prove invaluable for managing asthma.
Of all non-drug asthma treatments, breathing techniques, especially the Buteyko method, have been studied at greater depth and show more evidence of effectiveness. The Buteyko Method, named by its creator, Russian Professor of Medicine K.P. Buteyko, is based on the notion that asthma originates from the commonly overlooked problem of chronic hyperventilation (breathing at an excessive depth and rate, which leads to an abnormal loss of carbon dioxide from the blood). By correcting a faulty breathing pattern, the theory holds, a patient can significantly reduce or eliminate asthma symptoms. Unlike other breathing techniques, the Buteyko Method is not just a series of breathing exercises but a comprehensive wellness program aimed at correcting dysfunctional breathing and encouraging healthier lifestyle through stress reduction, nutrition, and exercise. The Buteyko Method has been studied in eight clinical trials. All trials have shown it to be effective, and it is the only complementary therapy endorsed by British Thoracic Society for the treatment of asthma.
In August issue of Minnesota Health Care news magazine Buteyko Clinic Practitioner Eugenia Malyshev, CBE, reviews a number of alternative/complimentary asthma treatments. Full text of the article can be found at http://www.asthmacare.us/Media.html.
Where to get help
Buteyko Clinic USA is offering workshops and various Buteyko Breathing health and wellness programs in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN area, as well as distant learning options such as online consultations. Asthma, allergies, sleep apnea, snoring, rhinitis, anxiety, panic and other related disorders sufferers can find more information on our website www.asthmacare.us.
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