Most of us are familiar with the standard treatments for hay fever, sinusitis and rhinitis; antihistamines and inhaled steroids. But how many are aware that Buteyko offers a simple and effective alternative to medication that can free those suffering from these symptoms?
Professor K P Buteyko established that over-breathing (hyperventilation) causes the symptoms of hay fever by disrupting the balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen in our airways. When we over-breathe we also dehydrate the delicate mucous membranes and inhale excessive quantities of allergens like pollen, cat dander and house dust mite. These factors combine to trigger the inflammation and blocked or runny nose that we associate with our symptoms.
Right from the first session of Buteyko breathing exercises blocked noses clear, and breathing becomes easier. The main component of a Buteyko course is easy-to-learn breathing exercises designed to slow the breathing rate back to normal parameters.
The exercises are taught over four to five consecutive 90-minute sessions. Most people are free of their symptoms and need for sinus and hay fever medication within the first week. The exercises only need to be practised for about six weeks to achieve permanent relief.