When my son Alex was two years old, he suffered a severe Asthma attack and was hospitalised for two days. Since birth Alex always had been a child who constantly caught colds and viruses, usually resulting in the development of secondary infections and the use of recurrent doses of antibiotics. After the Asthma attack that saw my son hospitalised, he continued to develop infections, and these almost always resulted in further complications with Asthma; to the extent that he was prescribed more preventers and required regular Ventolin.
As a mother it concerned me that my son was becoming dependant on these drugs. But what concerned me more were the side-effects. Due to the regular doses of antibiotics Alex was constantly troubled with Thrush. The final straw was in January this year when Alex developed severe mouth ulcers from regular heavy use of his steroid puffer. I’d had enough and convinced my husband, a sceptic of alternative medicines, to allow me to take Alex to see Brigitte.
Not long after that appointment Alex started his first year of school. In last six months since taking Brigitte’s natural remedies, he has not missed a day of school. He has caught a couple of minor colds but has managed to fight them off easily with no secondary infections developing and no use of antibiotics.
At present he remains on his Asthma preventers, but his Asthma is totally under control, and has not required the use of Ventolin. Everyone who knows Alex says that he has never looked so healthy and strong. Even our family doctors are amazed as they rarely see Alex these days. (Terry S.)
My daughter has been an asthma sufferer for about 4 years (she is now 8 years old), a friend mentioned a method called the Buteyko method and highly recommended Brigitte as the practitioner to help me with this method. Brigitte was amazing from the moment I made contact. Brigitte was welcoming & full of knowledge about the Buteyko method. What struck me about Brigitte was her genuine warmth and caring nature towards my daughter. (J.R. / Camberwell)
Brigitte has turned my 12 year old daughter’s asthma around. She went from being on a preventer and having to resort to prednisolone a few times a year to no preventers, no prednisolone and significant fewer asthma episodes. The Buteyko Method Brigitte taught us coupled with her naturopathic advice has strengthened my daughter’s health which has meant less days off school and a happier, healthier child. I cannot recommend Brigitte more highly and am very grateful for her respectful, honest and humerous approach with my daughter. (Amanda L)
I have seen Brigitte for treatment relating to my son's asthma and general wellbeing on several occasions now. I find her approach practical and thorough and appreciate that she draws from several complementary medicine disciplines including homeopathy and nutritional medicine. Brigitte's genuine interest in children and ability to build rapport with them helps to make our appointments with her run smoothly and stress free. (Louisa / Heathmont)
A. is doing really well.
She had another cold and used maybe 1% of her usual medication (no oral steroids at all and very little Ventolin). This is just an absolutely amazing result. In the past an asthma attack seemed to have a complete hold over her, this time she was in charge and could deal with the tightness of her chest very well. Mostly she breathed herself through without using any medication and when she couldn't do this she only used 1 puff of Ventolin instead of 6. Thank you again so much for all your help and support, and yes, A. is still practising daily and she just recently told me "Mum, often I do Fairy Breathing out of habit and not because you tell me to". This is of course just what we want. We are very grateful to you. (A.& M. / Donvale)
Remark: “Fairy Breathing” is what we call the type of breathing recommended during the Butyeko exercises. It is slower and shallowed breathing than comfortable / normal breathing.
Robert has been suffering from asthma for over 30 years and didn’t believe that there was anything that could be done about it after such a long time. His family persuaded him to try the Buteyko breathing method and he had this to say:
”I was skeptical at the start and was surprised at the improvement from the first lesson. I would recommend any asthmatic to give the Buteyko method a try.” (Robert McC)
Patricia has suffered from asthma for 14 years and has been taking following asthma medication: Preventers: Intal & Flixotide, morning and night. Relievers: Bricanyl & Ventolin nebulizers daily.
She had this to say about the Buteyko breathing method classes:
“I enjoyed the sessions and after the second day I stopped using the relievers. Brigitte was so helpful, caring and understanding. It’s now 7 weeks and I still haven’t taken any relievers – I am delighted with the results.” (Patricia L)
I thought I’d drop you a line to let you know I’m still diligently practicing Buteyko and my asthma has been under control. This is the first time for approx 2 years that I haven’t had an asthma attack every 2 to 3 weeks!!
I’m rapt thanks for your help, I’m very grateful.
I was also pleased when my health insurance reimbursed the Buteyko classes.
Ps.: I forgot to mention I’ve had a full blown head cold recently and for about 4 to 5 years, once I’ve had a head cold a severe asthma attack has followed but not this time! Still can’t believe it – thank you. (C.S. / Altona)
Remark: C.S originally learnt the Buteyko Method elsewhere a few years ago but didn't at first get the desired results, so she decided to re-do the course with me.