Breathing method promises to treat chronic diseases


Posted at Jan 12 2012 07:02 PM | Updated as of Jan 13 2012 03:04 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A breathing method developed more than 50 years ago promises to treat chronic diseases, or those that last for more than three months.

Buteyko practitioner Jac Vidgen, who has been teaching the method in the Philippines for 17 years, claimed that it has helped thousands of Filipinos find immediate relief from asthma, allergies, sleep apnea, anxiety disorders, hay fever, coughing and stress.

Vidgen added that he has also managed individuals who have emphysema, migraine, hypertension, chronic bronchitis, digestive disorders, and immune or hormone function.

"A major factor in all these diseases is a dysfunctional breathing pattern known as chronic hyperventilation syndrome, and they cannot be reversed unless the chronic overbreathing is reversed," he said.

"Drugs, diets and supplements may temporarily suppress symptoms but they will ultimately fail as the underlying breathing issue is never addressed," he added.

So how does Buteyko work? The method strongly promotes nasal breathing or silent breathing through the nose, which is said to help balance the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the body.

Vidgen gave this breathing tip: lengthen the back, sit upright, breathe softly and gently through the nose with no noise and no chest movement.

According to him, people who do not breathe properly lose a lot of carbon dioxide, which then causes reduced supply of oxygen from the blood to the cells. This, in turn, leads to asthma, diseases and other diseases.

Earlier, Vidgen said those who breathe through their mouths have a higher risk of health problems since they tend to hyperventilate and lose a lot of carbon dioxide.

Buteyko is developed by Russian doctor Konstantin Buteyko, who discovered that sick people breathe faster and deeper than the healthy ones. The method claims to have found acceptance in Canada, Australia, Scotland and New Zealand.

Vidgen is set to hold free introductory lectures on Buteyko on January 17 (Tuesday) and January 22 (Sunday) at Living Life Well located at the fifth level of the SM Megamall Atrium in Mandaluyong City. The lectures are scheduled at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., respectively.

He will also teach Filipinos about Buteyko on the following dates and venues:

  • January 18 (Wednesday), 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at In Touch Community Services at Forbes Park, Makati City
  • January 19 (Thursday), 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the PhilDHRRA Partnership Center at Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Vidgen will also hold workshops in Metro Manila this month until February. For the complete schedule, call (0919) 635-6060 or (02) 897-1804; e-mail [email protected]; or visit