Chronic Cough: Causes and Natural Treatment (90% Success Rate)
What is chronic coughing?
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.
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).
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.
- 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
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
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,
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
Jpn J Physiol. 1991;41(6):879-91.
Influence of central respiratory activity on the cough response in
Suzuki H, Kondo T, Yamabayashi H, Kobayashi I, Ohta Y.
Department of Medicine, Tokai University School of Medicine, Isehara,
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...