Persistent Cough Remedies: Easy Breathing Exercises
Cough remedies include an easy breathing exercise developed and used by more than 170 Soviet and Russian medical doctors. This exercise calms down urge-to-cough receptors and increases body-O2 content. It works well even at night. An additional cause of persistent cough is chronic inflammation due to positive body voltage. This problem can be solved by normalization of electrical voltage of the human body.
Why do people with asthma, bronchitis, COPD, cystic fibrosis and some other conditions suffer from persistent coughing?
Ventilation rates (chronic diseases)
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|Normal breathing||6 L/min||-||Medical textbooks|
|Healthy Subjects||6-7 L/min||>400||Results of 14 studies|
|Asthma||13 (+-2) L/min||16||Chalupa et al, 2004|
|Asthma||15 L/min||8||Johnson et al, 1995|
|Asthma||14 (+-6) L/min||39||Bowler et al, 1998|
|Asthma||13 (+-4) L/min||17||Kassabian et al, 1982|
|Asthma||12 L/min||101||McFadden, Lyons, 1968|
|COPD||14 (+-2) L/min||12||Palange et al, 2001|
|COPD||12 (+-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 (+-2) L/min||10||Bell et al, 1996|
|Cystic fibrosis||11-14 L/min||6||Tepper et al, 1983|
The chart below explains the mechanism of persistent coughing: it is a self-perpetuating activity that naturally leads to more persistent coughing unless one learns how to cough correctly without reduction in body- and brain-O2 content and without creating more inflammation.
Cough remedies instructions
Most natural remedies for persistent cough
Remedy No. 1. Learn how to cough only through the nose (i.e., with your mouth closed all the time). It will help you to reduce irritation of airways and bronchospasm, and will increase oxygen levels in body cells and the brain.
Remedy No. 2. After you have mastered Remedy No. 1 (it may take 1-2 days), learn how to cough with the mouth and nose closed. You simply need to keep the mouth closed and the nose pinched. This will further increase your body and brain oxygenation.
These 2 easiest remedies are often sufficient to stop or reduce bouts of persistent coughing and gradually to recover. However, you can subdue coughing even faster if you use the most potent anti-coughing breathing exercise called "reduced breathing".
Remedy No. 3. Sit down in a comfortable position, preferably at an ordinary table, on a straight chair. While having the bout of coughing, try your best to relax and at the end of your usual exhalation, pinch your nose and hold your breath (the mouth should be closed all the time) until you experience moderate discomfort.
If you cannot hold your breath due to severe coughing, pinch your nose and keep your mouth closed while coughing without any air exchange. Why? Your goal is to increase the CO2 content in your airways so that you calm down the cough-receptor cells that become irritated due to several mechanical and biochemical factors during acute-coughing bouts. These nerve cells stimulate the breathing centre in the brain both to initiate and to continue coughing.
After the breath hold, when you get a moderate or distinctive desire to take a breath, take only a small (or short) inhalation (one small sniff) and do it only through your nose. After this small inhalation, focus on relaxing all body muscles again, especially in the upper chest and shoulders, in order to exhale slowly. If coughing is present, your goal is to limit your air or gas exchange to very small amounts. Ideally, the exhalation must be natural and unforced. Then take another (smaller) inhalation and again completely relax to exhale.
With each breath, your goal is to take a small or reduced inhalation and then completely relax even though you still have a cough. You should gradually create a more-distinctive-air hunger while relaxing your body muscles. You will soon experience a strong desire to breathe more. Maintain this desire until your coughing subsides.
Your breathing can be quite frequent during this reduced breathing
exercise (with frequent short inhalations). If you do the exercise correctly
(you will breathe up to 30-50% less air while being relaxed), you
will notice 2 signs:
- Your arms and feet will get warm in about 1 minute after starting this exercise
- The nasal passages will become more open and moist in about the same 1-2 minutes.
Permanent remedy for persistent cough
After testing thousands of their patients, the Russian medical doctors (who developed this exercise) found that persistent cough is possible only in those people who have at least twice less oxygen in body cells (measured in seconds using the DIY body-oxygen test). As a result, the permanent remedy for chronic coughing is to slow down the unconscious- or automatic-breathing pattern closer to the medical norm. With more than X seconds for the body oxygenation test, coughing disappears completely. You can find this magic number X in the next paragraph as your bonus content.
This breathing exercise is among the most powerful cough remedies.
An additional cough remedy is grounding the human body to achieve the same negative electrical potential as Earth (free electrons reduce inflammation). This method is explained on the page Earthing.
Nearly all people experience complete relief from coughing when they achieve more than 30 seconds for the body-oxygen test 24/7. This is the ultimate cough remedy, achievable with application of those breathing exercises and lifestyle changes that increase body O2.
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