Chronic Cough: Causes and Natural Treatment (90% Success Rate)

What is chronic coughing?

Woman coughing Effects of hyperventilation on brain oxygen levels The cough is the body's natural reflex to irritation in the throat. It is mediated by urge-to-cough receptors located in airways. We need oxygen 24/7 for body cells and this involuntary reaction is essential to clear airways and ensure our survival. However, chronic coughing has a different mechanism because it depletes your body cells and the brain of vital oxygen. This is the reason why you feel miserable after coughing attacks.

What causes coughing?

Ventilation rates (chronic diseases)

Condition Minute
Number of
All references or
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Normal breathing 6 L/min - Medical textbooks
Healthy Subjects 6-7 L/min >400 Results of 14 studies
Asthma 13 (~+mn~2) L/min 16 Chalupa et al, 2004
Asthma 15 L/min 8 Johnson et al, 1995
Asthma 14 (~+mn~6) L/min 39 Bowler et al, 1998
Asthma 13 (~+mn~4) L/min 17 Kassabian et al, 1982
Asthma 12 L/min 101 McFadden, Lyons, 1968
COPD 14 (~+mn~2) L/min 12 Palange et al, 2001
COPD 12 (~+mn~2) L/min 10 Sinderby et al, 2001
COPD 14 L/min 3 Stulbarg et al, 2001
Cystic fibrosis 15 L/min 15 Fauroux et al, 2006
Cystic fibrosis 10 L/min 11 Browning et al, 1990
Cystic fibrosis* 10 L/min 10 Ward et al, 1999
CF and diabetes* 10 L/min 7 Ward et al, 1999
Cystic fibrosis 16 L/min 7 Dodd et al, 2006
Cystic fibrosis 18 L/min 9 McKone et al, 2005
Cystic fibrosis* 13 (~+mn~2) L/min 10 Bell et al, 1996
Cystic fibrosis 11-14 L/min 6 Tepper et al, 1983

Chronic coughing is a very common feature for all these conditions. Why do you cough? During bouts of coughing, these people breathe even more. Hyperventilation reduces body oxygen levels and causes innumerable negative effects (see the links below).

Cough mechanism (chart)

Chronic coughing causes numerous health problems (see the chart on the right). Each arrow on this graph has supporting medical evidence that is provided on other pages of this website - see the links with medical studies below.

Natural chronic cough treatment

Persistent cough can be stopped with simple and easy breathing exercises. These exercises are parts of a natural cough treatment program, the Buteyko breathing technique, taught by more than 170 Russian medical doctors to their patients with asthma, bronchitis, COPD, cystic fibrosis and many other conditions. The exercise works well in children (over 5 years old) and adults, even at night and even for dry cough.

For more details related to these simple breathing exercises, visit this page "How to stop a cough at night".

Detailed instructions are alsop provided in the video on the right side "How to Stop Coughing Naturally".

This video:
- quotes clinical research about uselessness of cough syrup and other meds
- explains the cause of chronic cough
- shows you these simple breathing exercises to stop coughing.

Permanent remedy for persistent cough

Physicians smiling After testing their patients, over 150 Soviet medical doctors (who developed this exercise) found that persistent cough is possible only in those patients who have less than 20 seconds for the body O2 test. As a result, the permanent chronic-cough remedy is to slow down the unconscious- or automatic-breathing pattern closer to the medical norm in order to get more than 20 seconds for the body O2 test all the time.


J Assoc Physicians India. 2000 Mar;48(3):343-5.
The role of cough and hyperventilation in perpetuating airway inflammation in asthma.
Singh V, Chowdhary R, Chowdhary N.
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SMS Medical College, Jaipur-302 016, India.
Air flowing through a pipe exerts frictional stress on the walls of the pipe. Frictional stress of more than 40 N/m2 (velocity equivalent of air 113 m/s) is known to cause acute endothelial damage in blood vessels. The frictional stress in airways during coughing may be much greater, however, since the velocity of air may be as high as speed of sound in air. We suggest that high levels of frictional stress perpetuate airway inflammation in airways which are already inflamed and vulnerable to frictional stress-induced trauma in patients with asthma. Activities associated with rapid ventilation and higher frictional stress (e.g. exercise, hyperventilation, coughing, sneezing and laughing) cause asthma to worsen whilst activities that reduce frictional stress (Yoga 'Pranayama', breathing a helium-oxygen mixture and nasal continuous positive airway pressure) are beneficial. Therefore control of cough may have anti-inflammatory benefits in patients with asthma.

Jpn J Physiol. 1991;41(6):879-91.
Influence of central respiratory activity on the cough response in anesthetized dogs.
Suzuki H, Kondo T, Yamabayashi H, Kobayashi I, Ohta Y.
Department of Medicine, Tokai University School of Medicine, Isehara, Japan.
Cough responses evoked by mechanical stimulation of the tracheobronchial mucosa in anesthetized and tracheostomized dogs were studied... Coughing could be evoked when the dog was made apneic either by hyperventilation or by the Hering-Breuer reflex...

Handb Exp Pharmacol. 2009;(187):263-76.
Clinical cough I: the urge-to-cough: a respiratory sensation.
Davenport PW.
Department of Physiological Sciences, Box 100144, HSC, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA.
Cough is generated by a brainstem neural network. Chemical and mechanical stimulation of the airway can elicit a reflex cough and can elicit a cognitive sensation, the urge-to-cough. The sensation of an urge-to-cough is a respiratory-related sensation. The role of the respiratory sensation of an urge-to-cough is to engage behavioral modulation of cough motor action. Respiratory sensations are elicited by a combination of modalities: central neural, chemical, and mechanical. Stimulation of respiratory afferents or changes in respiratory pattern resulting in a cognitive awareness of breathing are mediated by central neural processes that are the cognitive neural basis for respiratory sensations, including the urge-to-cough. It is proposed that the urge-to-cough is a component of the cough motivation-to-action system. The urge-to-cough is induced by stimuli that motivate subjects to protect their airway by coughing...

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