150 Diseases of Deep Breathing

150 Diseases of Deep Breathing that can be treated by the Buteyko Breathing Technique



LIST OF 150 DISEASES OF DEEP BREATHING that can be treated by the VEDB (Volitional Elimination of Deep Breathing) also know as the Buteyko Breathing Technique.

150 Diseases of Deep Breathing

Doctor Buteyko’s Discovery Trilogy by Sergey Altukhov
Forword to Volume 1, The destruction of the laboratory

Two-Volume Russian Edition published in 1993 & English translation ebook published May 2nd 2009

For over 30 years – from October 1952 to September 1985 – the medical establishment hushed up my

Doctor Buteyko’s
Discovery Trilogy by Sergey Altukhov

discovery. It did everything to trample on and destroy the strongest weapon in the fight against many modern diseases. I was called a charlatan, a schizophrenic and a raving nutter, among other names. They tried to poison me three times, and organised two car crashes. There were several attempts to put me in a psychiatric hospital. They physically destroyed my laboratory, which was unique throughout the world. And all of this because I had discovered a lever that patients could pull to be free from their piles of pills and complicated surgical procedures that were far from safe. But of course, this is the mainstay of pharmacology, and thousands of surgeons have won State prizes. What, after all, is easier: to recognise a discovery and decrease your own specific weight or to accuse the author of pseudoscience? The latter is easier and more profitable…

Much has changed today, but those who simply criticised the Method previously are now trying to ram the genie back into the bottle from which it had begun to emerge. The discovery seems to have been recognised, but there’s just one tiny catch. A trifling reservation crept into the decision.1 They say the Method only cures asthma, mild asthma at that, instead of the list of 150 diseases that I compiled during my decades of medical practice. Well, what of it. I spent 30 years working with diseases, and in five millennia, everyone will recognise my work, you’ll see. Of course, there might not be anyone left to treat…

Nevertheless, for you who are suffering from the basic diseases included in the significantly shortened list below, I resolutely declare: they can be treated with my Method! Every last one! But there’s no need to shout about it being a panacea – only the uneducated would think so. How can it be a panacea when the list contains a few dozen illnesses but modern medicine recognises around 30 thousand. This is a mere fraction, but they are the most common. That’s the whole point. I would stake my life on every line, but only for those who believe that the Method is the only chance of deliverance. People who believe in massages, acupuncture and yogi-mogis and shmogis had better not practice the Method. It only helps those who are its complete supporters. Not because it involves some kind of hypnosis or some other kind of suggestion, as my enemies claim. No, the Method is completely physiological – but half-hearted belief is always worse than disbelief.

1 Translator’s note: this may be a reference to the Order of the Soviet Ministry of Health on Measures to introduce the method of the volitional regulation of the depth of breath in the treatment of asthma, 30 April 1985.


LIST OF DISEASES OF DEEP BREATHING that can be treated by the VEDB (Volitional Elimination of Deep Breathing) also know as the Buteyko Breathing Technique.

1. Pre-asthmatic conditions:

a. allergic respiratory disease
b. polyvalent allergy
c. laryngospasm (voice loss)
d. allergic conjunctivitis
e. food allergies
f. drug allergies
g. pseudocroup
h. pharyngitis
i. laryngitis
j. tracheitis

2. Asthmatic bronchitis
3. Bronchial asthma
4. CNSLD (chronic nonspecific lung disease):

a. chronic bronchitis, including obstructive bronchitis
b. chronic pneumonia
c. bronchiectasis
d. pneumosclerosis
e. emphysema
f. silicosis, anthracosis, etc.

5. Chronic cold
6. Vasomotor rhinitis
7. Frontal sinusitis
8. Maxillary sinusitis
9. Sinusitis
10. Adenoids and polyps
11. [no number 11]
12. Chronic rhinosinusitis
13. Pollinoses (hay fever)
14. Quincke’s oedema
15. Hives
16. Eczema, including

a. neurodermatitis
b. psoriasis
c. diathesis
d. vitiligo
e. ichytosis
f. acne

17. Raynaud’s disease (spasms of the vessels of the upper extremities)2
18. Obliterating endarteritis

2 Translator’s note: Raynaud’s disease affects all the extremities, but Buteyko specifies the upper extremities.

19. Varicose veins
20. Thrombophlebitis
21. Haemorrhoids
22. Hypotension
23. Hypertension
24. Autonomic neuropathy
25. Congenital heart disease
26. Rheumatism of the joints
27. Rheumatic heart disease
28. Diencephalic syndrome
29. Ischemic heart disease (IHD)
30. Chronic IHD (CIHD)

a. rest and effort angina
b. postinfarction cardiosclerosis

31. Cardiac arrhythmia:

a. tachycardia
b. extrasystole
c. paroxysmal tachycardia
d. atrial fibrillation

32. Generalised atherosclerosis
33. Arachnoiditis (post-traumatic, influenzal, etc.)
34. Post-stroke conditions:

a. paralysis
b. paresis

35. Parkinson’s disease (early stage)
36. Hypothyroidism
37. Hyperthyroidism
38. Graves’ disease
39. Diabetes
40. Irregular menstruation
41. Toxaemia of pregnancy3
42. Menopausal problems
43. Cervical erosion
44. Fibromyoma
45. Fibrocystic breast changes
46. Infertility
47. Impotence
48. Threatened miscarriage
49. Radiculitis
50. Osteochondrosis

3 Translator’s note: It is not clear here if Buteyko means early toxaemia of pregnancy (morning sickness) or late toxaemia of pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) or both.

51. Metabolic polyarthropathy
52. Rheumatoid polyarthropathy
53. Dupuytren’s contracture (contracture of the palmar fascia)
54. Gout
55. Pyelonephritis
56. Glomerulonephritis
57. Nocturia (need to urinate at night)
58. Cystitis
59. Kidney stone disease
60. Obesity of all degrees
61. Lipomatosis
62. Chronic gastritis
63. Chronic cholecystitis
64. Biliary dyskinesia
65. Chronic pancreatitis
66. Gallstone disease
67. Duodenal ulcer
68. Irritable bowel syndrome
69. Peptic ulcers
70. Multiple sclerosis
71. Epileptic syndrome, (epilepsy)-convulsive syndrome
72. Schizophrenia (early stage)
73. Systemic autoimmune disease (scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis)
74. Glaucoma
75. Cataracts
76. Temporary squinting
77. Long sightedness
78. Radiation sickness
79. Acute and chronic hepatitis
80. Cirrhosis of the liver
81. HIV (AIDS)

Yes, now, today, and not in 5,000 years time (when it will be possible, but too late), being of sound mind and memory, I declare: my discovery of the diseases of deep breathing revolutionises the whole of medicine!
K.P. Buteyko

Doctor Buteyko’s Discovery Trilogy, Russian to English Translation 2009:

Translator: Fiona Paterson MA


Doctor Buteyko’s Discovery Trilogy by Sergey Altukhov


Duplicated text from the BUTEYKO CENTER USA website, Nov 2009

In 2009, due to numerous requests, the Buteyko Clinic (Moscow) established its official representation in the USA in the form of an educational organization named Buteyko Center USA.

What diseases can be cured by the Buteyko Method?

List of symptoms of the deep breathing (Hyperventilation) disease, which is eliminated when the Buteyko Method is applied.
This classification was written by Dr. K. Buteyko

  1. Nervous System:

    1. Headaches; Migraines
    2. Vertigo
    3. Fainting (sometimes with epileptic spasms)
    4. Insomnia, drowsiness and other sleep difficulties
    5. Tinnitus
    6. Memory loss
    7. Rapid fatigue
    8. Irritability
    9. Short temper
    10. Poor concentration
    11. Unsubstantiated fear
    12. Apathy
    13. Hearing loss
    14. Paresthesia (including total loss of all forms of sensitivity, more frequent than extremities)
    15. Spasm during sleeping, tremor and tick
    16. Vision loss
    17. Age related far sightedness
    18. Different flashings in eyes, grid before eyes, etc
    19. Increase in the intraocular pressure
    20. Pain during the motion of eyes upward and to sides, glaucoma, cataract, the transient squint
    21. Radiculites, osteochondroses, etc.
    22. Parkinson’s Disease (initial forms)
    23. Perplexed sclerosis
    24. Episindrom (epilepsy)
    25. Schizophrenia (initial stage)
  2. Vegetative Nervous System:

    1. Crises of the type of diencephalic and vegetative, including: sweating, body temperature irregularity, casting into cold or into the heat, groundless chills
    2. Instability of body temperature of the thermo-neuroses type, etc.
  3. Endocrinal System:

    1. Hyperthyroidism, dysthyreosis, exophthalmic goitre (AKA Basedow’s disease), diabetes mellitus, obesity or exhaustion, sometimes according to the type of endocrine
    2. Occurrence of pathologic menopause, the disturbance of menstrual cycle, the toxicoses of pregnancy (morning sickness)
    3. Fibromyomas
    4. Mastopathy
    5. Impotence
    6. Frigidity, infertility, miscarriage
    7. Erosion and polyps in the neck of uterus, etc.
  4. Breathing System:

    1. Spasm of larynx and bronchial tubes (bronchial asthma)
    2. Preasthmatic conditions including: respiratory allergosis, polyvalent allergy, laryngospasm (loss of voice)
    3. Allergic conjunctivitis, food allergy, medicinal allergy, pseudocroup, pharyngitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, pollinoses
    4. Hypersensitivity to kitchen smells, paint, perfumes, tobacco, flowers, etc.
    5. Asthmatic bronchitis, obstructive bronchitis, exercise induced shortness of breath and during inactivity, mouth breathing, frequent deep breathing with participation of additional respiratory musculature
    6. Absence of pause after exhalation during resting
    7. Breathing arrhythmia or the periodic sensation of air deficiency
    8. Sensation of insufficiency during inhalation
    9. Sensation of limitation of chest mobility (constraint in the chest)
    10. Discomfort related to stuffy air
    11. Difficult nose breathing during rest with the light physical load
    12. Nasal congestion, rhinitis according to the type of vasomotor
    13. Predisposition to cold and chills, including: frequent bronchitis, influenzas, etc.
    14. Cough (dry or with phlegm,) dryness in the mouth and sinuses, chronic maxillary sinusitus
    15. Frontal sinusitis, sinusitis, adenoids, polyps in the trachea, the bronchi, acute emphysema of lungs, pneumosclerosis, interstitial pneumonia, chronic pneumonia, bronchiectasis and spontaneous pneumothorax, loss of sense of smell, chest pains
    16. Incorrect posture, deformation of chest
    17. Inflation of subclavian regions (emphysema of tops of lungs, etc.)
  5. Cardiovascular System:

    1. Tachycardia, extrasystole, paroxysmal tachycardia
    2. Cardiac fibrillation, spasm of blood vessel in the extremities, brain, heart, kidneys; chills, sensitiveness to cold of extremities and other regions, pain in region of heart, ischemic disease of heart, stenocardia, hypertonia, hypotonia, the disease of Reynauld (spasm of vessel of upper extremities)
    3. Obliterating endarteritis, telangiectasia, varicose veins, including hemorrhoids
    4. Marbling of skin, fragile blood vessels, gingivitis, frequent nose bleeds, etc.; sensation of the palpitations in different regions
    5. Pulsatory noise in ears
    6. Vascular crises, arachnoiditis (post-traumatic, influenza); myocardial infarction, postmyocardial infarction cardiosclerosis, stroke, parotiditis, pareses, an increase in the coagulability of the blood, thromboses (thrombophlebitis), decrease of the alkaline reserves of blood, electrolyte balance, hypercholesterolemia, eosinophilia, hyper- and hypoglobulia, change of PH in blood, decrease of partial oxygen pressure in arterial blood in initial stage of disease and opposite changes on final stages of disease, etc.
  6. Digestion System:

    1. Increase, decrease or other distortion of appetite, salivation or dryness in the mouth
    2. Distortion or loss of taste, spasm of gullet, stomach (pain in the epigastric region, etc)
    3. Colitis (constipation, diarrhea), pain in right subcostal area, dyskinesia of bile tracts, heartburn, frequent eructation, nausea, vomiting, meteorism (flatulence), some forms of gastritis and ulcer, disease of stomach and of duodenum, etc.
    4. Chronic cholecystitis, chronic pancreatitis, the cholelithic disease
  7. Kidneys and Urinary System:

    1. Protein in the urine, oxalates, urates in urine, urolithic disease: pyelonephritis, glomerulonephritis
    2. Frequent urination, especially at night
    3. Nycturia (involuntary urination at night), cystitis, diuretic symptoms, etc.
  8. Osteomuscular Apparatus:

    1. Muscular weakness, rapid physical fatigue
    2. Aches in muscles, more frequent in legs (calf muscles), twitching of groups of muscles, strengthening or weakening of muscles tone, atrophy of muscles, pain in tubular bones etc.
    3. Collagenases (scleroderma), postoperative scars, etc.
    4. Contracture of wrist tendons
  9. Skin and Mucosas

    1. Dryness of the skin (ichthyosis), pustulous rashes, skin itch, hives, eczema (neurodermatitis, diathesis), psoriasis, tendency toward fungus diseases, pale gray skin, acrocyanosis, Quincke’s edema, vitiligo (focus depigmentation of the skin), adolescent acne, pastiness of face, eczematous blepharitis, cyanosis, etc.
  10. Metabolic Dysfunctions:

    1. Lipoma (fatty tumours), injection infiltrations
    2. Osteophytes and deposit of salts in region of joints according to the type of gout, metabolic and rheumatoid polyarthritis, deposits of cholesterol on the skin (more frequent on eyelids), tissue hypoxia, concealed edemas, the abnormalities of tissue metabolism (according to the type of allergic reactions), etc.

Does Buteyko Center cure diseases?

We are not medical doctors, thus, we do not cure any diseases. At Buteyko Center USA, we supply people with information, which leads them to a healthier life and often, as a result of that, a disease gets cured. By eliminating hyperventilation, the immune system and metabolism start to work properly; the body does not need to spend energy to protect itself from an excessive amount of air, and, consequently, a person is able to restore his health.


Thank you to:
Thomas Yakovlev-Fredricksen & Sasha Yakovlev-Fredricksen for giving permmision to use this excerpt
from their website.

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