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ommendation to the patient to try to exclude mouth breathing, i.e. to
breathe only through a nose.
- To influence deliberately the MRR of breathing with the pur-
pose of: a) levelling breathing, b) restoring sensitivity to air
deficit in the case of its disorder, c) correcting breathing by a
slight reduction of its intensity.
"Passive trainings" and other techniques are used for the restora-
tion of sensitivity. "Passive training" is only relaxation without the sensa-
tion of lack of air.
The necessity to control sensitivity has arisen because of a great
number of pseudo-Buteyko practitioners who by virtue of low qualifica-
tion replace a functional idea of “correcting breathing” by a primitive
"increase of CO2". In a pursuit of momentary effect they, instead of cor-
recting breathing of patients, train pauses, delays and other techniques
unfavourable for correcting breathing. As a result, there occur the de-
pression of sensitivity to air deficit (the law of beyond-the-limit inhibi-
tion), as well as other disorders in the MRR of breathing.
The 5-th postulate forbids operating the process of breathing di-
rectly, i.e. to control amplitudes and/or duration of respiratory move-
ments and pauses. As a result, there remain the following ways: relaxa-
tion, mental associations and general commands to diminish breathing
of the same type as a person gives himself/herself to decrease the rate of
walking or running, i.e. without intervention in the formation of partial
automatic elementary motions.
The degree of easiness of sensation of lack of air at correc-
tion of breathing. It is obvious that the obstacle to natural operations of
MRR of breathing should be minimal. Here the sensation of air deficit
at the moment of the termination of measuring a control pause can serve
as a criterion. I.e. it is admissible to diminish breathing only to the con-
siderably weaker sensation than at the moment of the termination of
measuring a control pause.
The specific model in combination with the dynamics of a con-
trol pause and other standard diagnostic parameters makes it possible to
expect changes in the state of the patient and to prepare him/her for such
changes, as well as to make exact recommendations for application of
XI. Application of the theory (the Buteyko therapy) 85
symptomatic therapy. Naturally, within the limits of the above-stated,
various specific methodical, pedagogical and psychological aspects for
training patients to correct breathing are possible; their number could fill
up a thick book.
Contra-indications to application of the therapy are obvious as
well. These are the illnesses in which the process of a real convales-
cence represents danger to life or traumatism. The pathologies con-
nected with thrombogeneses can serve as examples.
In (9) the epidemiological conclusions, possible preventive ac-
tions, principles of the organisation of rehabilitation establishments, the
requirements to the specialist and some other questions of practical ap-
plication of the theory have been presented.
XII. About "checks" of Buteyko therapy

Independent attempts to "check" Buteyko therapy (25,26 and
other sources) are known. The listed publications show that the genuine
theory was unknown to the examiners. As a result, notwithstanding all
the conscientiousness of the examiners, they have been compelled to be
limited to the examination of the patients, trained to use the therapy by
the practitioners, whose qualifications have remained unknown. I.e. the
number of "improvements" in the state of health among such patients
was counted up. Since Buteyko therapy is an application of the theory,
this technique of testing should be recognised completely unfounded.
This is like checking the validity of the laws of physics by calculating
the number of successfully solved physical problems by a person with
an unknown level of knowledge of these laws.
Besides, some tests of an estimation of a state of health of the
patients seem to be doubtful, since before the appearance of Buteyko
therapy doctors did not practically observe regular cases of cure of such
pathologies as asthma, allergy, etc. As a result, to check the absence of
such pathologies the criteria based on the comparison with the proper-
ties of the organism that never knew a disease are used. Methodologi-
cally this is incorrect. In fact, in the case of a wound repair, the conva-
lescence is considered true despite the presence of a scar. I.e. the pa-
rameters of the organism, which has endured a disease, can differ from
the corresponding parameters of the organism that has never been sick.
Therefore the medical science faces a problem of revising the
specified criteria for the pathologies from a subject domain of the sug-
gested theory, which earlier were considered incurable. In particular, the
cases are known when the patient feels perfectly well during the treat-
ment of an allergy by Buteyko therapy, the pathology is not visible, but
the measurement of the level of eosinocytes shows the values, which are
considerably beyond the limits of the norm. Nevertheless, such devia-
tions in the parameters disappear, but only after an appreciable time in-

From the logic of the theory it follows that its qualified applica-
tion is capable of providing progress in the true convalescence for more
than ninety percent of the patients with the corresponding pathologies,
including victims of pseudo-Buteyko practitioners. This has been con-
firmed by K.P. Buteyko's practice, by the practice of his qualified pupils
(V.A. Genina, P.P. Redkin, etc.), and also by fifteen years of work of
Voronezh Buteyko Centre (Russia). On the other hand, gnosiological
property of "logic uniqueness" (27), which the suggested theory pos-
sesses, does not allow one to remove from it even one element. This is
proved by the practice, i.e. the efficiency decreases threefold or more. In
(9) it is shown that the stated theory completely corresponds to all
gnosiological criteria. In the appendix the proof of the theorem "The
role of biochemical processes for proofs in medicine" is given. This is
an answer to a probable criticism of the Buteyko theory for insufficient
biochemical substantiation. It is easy to formulate and prove similar
theorems for cytological level, as well as for neuroendocrinal level.
It is obvious that the given description of the theory is rather
schematic, i.e. it may generate a great number of scientific problems for
its development. At the same time the authors believe that the material
given above already allows independent doctors to try and apply the
given theory to simple cases, and also will help to lower the number of
mistakes in the application of Buteyko therapy by present practitioners.
Besides, the acquaintance with the given theory will allow researchers
to continue the work instead of taking anew a thorny path, which K.P.
Buteyko has already gone along tens years ago.
It became possible at last to create anew from scattered elements
a scientific substantiation of Buteyko therapy in the form of the theory
about human health, from which follow all key moments of the therapy.
We hope that this will put an end to numerous speculations based on:
- Alleged "affinity" of some persons to K.P.Buteyko.
- Statements of the type "I heard that K.P.Buteyko has said … ".
- Possession of certain "exclusive" rights, "patents", etc.
- Other subjective nonprofessional instants.
We hope that such approach:
- Will allow exposing the authors of the numerous unscientific res-
piratory techniques who have stolen the name of Doctor Buteyko.
88 Conclusion
- Will allow passing to professional scientific discussion of Buteyko
therapy and correction of the distortions and errors brought into it.
- Will draw to this therapy new experts aspiring to professionalism,
objectivity and quality.
Appendix 1. Theorem: the role of biochemical
processes in medicine

Statement of the theorem: At present time biochemical proc-
esses cannot be used in medicine either as proofs, or as disproofs.
Present time is an interval of time, when only a part of the
whole set of biochemical processes in a human organism is known.
This fully corresponds to the present-day state of the biochemical sci-
Let us assume that N biochemical processes testify in favour of
some medical decision Z regarding a condition of the patient or a way of
providing the medical care. But it is impossible to deny that in future M
new biochemical processes can be discovered which will testify against
medical decision Z, and their contribution will appear more decisive
than the contribution of N biochemical processes known today.
Hence, the first part of the theorem is proven.
Let us assume now, that L biochemical processes testify against
some medical decision Y regarding a condition of the patient or a way
of rendering of the medical help. But it is impossible to deny that in fu-
ture K new biochemical processes can be discovered which will testify
in favour of medical decision Y, and their contribution will appear more
decisive than the contribution of L biochemical processes known today.
As a result, the theorem is completely proven.
Corollary 1. Biochemical processes can be used in medicine
only as additional information in the empirical decision-making process.
Corollary 2. Biochemical processes can be used in pharmacol-
ogy as additional information in the empirical process of inventions of
Appendix 2. Some attributes showing low
qualification of a practitioner.

• He/she refuses to start your training at time of an exacerbation of
your illness.
• He/she allows you to take advice from other traditional and/or non-
traditional medicine experts in addition to his/her treatment.
• He/she measures the control pause until the “you want to breathe
• He/she suggests you “accumulate CO2” instead of correcting breath-
• He/she thinks of the Buteyko Method as a system of exercises.
• He/she trains you seldom, e.g., once a week; or training is limited
by less than a week’s time for all patients.
• He/she agrees with standard (taken from manuals or accompanying
forms) doses of symptomatic drugs.
• He/she recommends taking in hormonal preparations to those who
have never taken them before or at least for six months.
• He/She does not aspire to withdraw you from medicinal therapy by
cancelling some preparations and changing dosages of others almost
• He/She does not warn you of the period of bad state of health a day
Appendix 3. FAQ

Question: Where can I study the Buteyko Method for autother-
Answer: We strongly recommend using only the article (21). If
this does not help, please do not begin experimenting, just turn to an

Question: I’ve been studying the Buteyko Method for some
months (years). How can you help me?
Answer: If you haven’t learned the Buteyko Method within ten
days for a selftreatment, you either entirely misunderstand the Method
or are studying not the Buteyko method. If you study the Method with a
practitioner, turn to a more qualified one.

Question: I studied (started studying) the Buteyko Method with
a practitioner not from your Center. I have such and such question about
my health (or health of a member of the family). Can you answer it?
Answer: We do not normally answer such questions since
qualified practitioners stick to the obvious rule of never advising pa-
tients who studied under another practitioner. Due to the specifics of
how the human mind acts, similar information from different people can
actually mess the patient up. On the other hand, such advice takes re-
sponsibility off the initial practitioner and does not motivate him to in-
crease of own qualification, thus doing him more harm than good. Be-
sides, it is fraught with other ethical and psychological problems. As a
result, the only possibility is re-starting “from scratch”.

Question: Does Voronezh Center have branches in other towns
(countries, regions)?
Answer: Voronezh Center does not have any branches in other
towns (countries, regions) at the moment.

Question: Are there Buteyko practitioners in such and such
country, town or region?
Answer: Recommending a practitioner means bearing responsi-
bility for their qualification. Unfortunately, we have no information
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about qualification of the majority of those declaring itself as the But-
eyko practitioners.

Question: The procedure of measuring the control pause in
your articles is different from the procedure in books “The Buteyko
Method” and “The Buteyko Breathing”. How can you explain that?
Answer: The only difference in description is explanation of the
“first difficulty”. The description of the procedure in the books was
taken from the “Instruction for Doctors’ Autotherapy” (1984). The
skilled doctor knows perfectly well that the difficulty is straining of
some muscles. Since strain occurs by itself, it is reflex. Thus, the de-
scriptions of the procedure do not differ per se.

Question: Are there exclusive rights in and to the Buteyko
Method (patents, etc.)?
Answer: The Buteyko Method is a system of principles and sci-
entific conclusions that are impossible to protect by patents or other le-
gal means. There are two patents pertaining to the Method. The first one
is the “Method of Treatment of Hemohypocarbia”, whose restrictive
action has expired (the author and owner - K.P Buteyko). The other pat-
ent is still effective; it is the “Conscious Correction of Breathing” patent
(author and owner is Margarita A. Buteyko from Cheliabinsk). This pat-
ent restricts just one of the methodical elements used for teaching pa-

Question: Where can I find books or articles to become a prac-
titioner on my own?
Answer: The Buteyko Method has not been publicized to the
extent that would allow completely independent self-training. But, it is
being worked on. However, remember that reading the respective pub-
lished texts does not guarantee sufficient qualifications. For instance,
you can freely buy manuals in mathematics, physics, medicine, and
other subjects, yet the overwhelming majority of experts are trained in
correspondent educational establishments.

Question: Does Voronezh Center educate new practitioners and
on what conditions?
Answer: Voronezh Center does educate new practitioners. The
underlying condition is to pass through selection at a stage of studying
Appendix 3. FAQ 93
of the Method as the patient. After achieving the sufficient qualification,
the students become legally and financially independent. The remaining
conditions are to be discussed with successful candidates or in private

Question: Why do pages of your website have inscriptions on
top of them saying V.K. Buteyko and M.M. Buteyko cannot be held
responsible for information on the Method and its author from other
Answer: This is a enforced measure. Because some pseudo-
relatives, pseudo-followers and pseudo-friends of K.P.Buteyko began
to distribute the incorrect and inexact information both on the Buteyko
method, and on the its author in the mercenary motives, having taken
advantage of his death. They cover own incompetence by legends about
special affinity for K.P.Buteyko and about unreasonable "rights" to dis-


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