The Jakarta Post
Singer Andien sparks controversy after revealing that her family sleeps with their mouths taped. (Instagram/@andienaisyah)
Singer Andien, known for her penchant for alternative health treatments, has sparked another debate after revealing that her family sleeps with their mouths taped.
Her recent Instagram story shows Andien, her husband and their 2-year-old son Kawa striking a pose with white surgical tape over their lips.
Andien said by covering one’s mouth, people are encouraged to breathe through nose at all times. She learned the technique, called Buteyko breathing, from her holistic teacher Gobind Vashdev, who believes that 200 chronic illnesses were caused by wrong breathing.
The singer’s latest health tip quickly garnered controversy on social media with Dewi Boedhiyono, a resident at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta, warning against the technique.
Through her Instagram story, Dewi said that some people breathed through their mouth due to a blocked nasal cavity. Thus, taping their mouth could worsen the blockage or even prevent them from breathing.
It is not the first controversial health tip that Andien has shared with her Instagram followers. When her son was 5 months old, Andien adopted the baby-led weaning feeding method in which her son ate solid foods on his own.