The British Thoracic Society
The British Thoracic Society (BTS) is a group of respiratory medical professionals based in Britain. They make treatment guidelines to guide doctors and healthcare workers.
BTS Guidelines: Buteyko has highest recommendation
A few months ago, they released their 2014 guidelines on the management of Asthma. The BTS gave the Buteyko Method a rating of 1++ on its Level of Evidence. Buteyko also got an “A” as its grade for recommendation. These are the highest they give. It shows the Buteyko Method’s high level of evidence.
Buteyko Method: Improve control, reduce medicines
The Buteyko Method is a technique developed by the late Dr. Konstantin Buteyko. It consists of breathing exercises with simple lifestyle changes. It is easy to learn. Studies around the world have shown that it may improve asthma control and reduce medicine use.
Breathing exercises also recommended by the Global Initiative for Asthma
The British aren’t alone. The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) also recommend breathing exercises. This shows a trend on the use of non-drug intervention to improve asthma. You may read about the GINA update here.
Importance of Treatment Guidelines
Treatment guidelines review trials, case reports, and even opinion articles. These are appraised. Recommendations are made. These guidelines influence the choices that healthcare providers make. More so, they also influence the coverage of healthcare systems. These include insurance and health maintenance organization (HMO) policies.
The Buteyko Method is recognized by the National Health System in Britain.
Not just for asthma
The BTS has also assigned the Buteyko Method as a treatment of choice for chronic hyperventilation syndrome. Chronic hyperventilation syndrome can be responsible for a variety of symptoms. These may include hyperacidity, easy fatigability, constipation, muscle pain, chest pain, numbness, insomnia, chest pain, and even dizziness.
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This article was written by Charles Florendo
is a family Family Medicine and Helath Optimization Medicine Specialist. He also specializes in hyperventilation and dysfunctional breathing, being the only doctor to do so in Southeast Asia. He has taught breathing retraining to patients and healthcare workers in Africa, United States, and the Philippines. He holds an advanced certificate in the Buteyko Technique from the Buteyko Breathing Association (UK). He is presently the medical adviser of the at Buteyko Clinic International and a consultant at Mary Chiles General Hospital (Manila, Philippines) , Clinica Salutare (Makati, Philippines) and the Biobalance Wellness Center (Mandaluyong, Philippines). He lives in Manila, Philippines
Disclaimer: This article is based on the personal opinion of the author. It does not constitute medical advice. Trademarks and copyright of names and logos of organizations, corporations, or products belong to their respective owners. The mention of any particular product or service does not constitute their endorsement by any particular entity. The author is not affiliated with the Global Initiative for Asthma,nor the British Thoracic Society.