4-C. How to stop coughing, sneezing, sighing, yawning, hiccups, sniffing fast and naturally
Learning the Buteyko method by modules
Here is another fast natural application of the Buteyko breathing method. In a recent study (Giardino et al, 2007) done in the
Departments of Radiology, Psychiatry and Bioengineering, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle,
American doctors and MDs revealed that sighing is a "diagnostic feature of several anxiety disorders... Sustained
hyperventilation causes large reductions in global CBF, but even a single sigh can
produce a 1–3 mmHg decrease in PCO2, enough to decrease CBF".
Indeed, during one sigh we blow out up to 2 l of air and it takes about 3-5
minutes to restore blood gases, even if the person breathes normally after this
sigh. Hence, sighing every 3-5 minutes means chronic hyperventilation. How to
Stop and prevent sneezing, sighing, yawning, hiccups, deep inhalations, sniffing, and other deep breathing activities
When you get a desire to sigh, yawn, or sneeze, do the opposite thing. Breathe
less for about 1-2 minutes or practice
shallow or reduced breathing. It will remind you about the fundamental role of
breathing for your better health. Use the Emergency Procedure to improve your
health and oxygenation instead of these deep breathing activities.
Coughing for many minutes is annoying and a health hazard. It not only washes
out CO2, reduces oxygenation, but also resets the breathing centre to
the state of chronic hyperventilation. Moreover, during normal breathing at rest
the air travels though nasal cavities at a speed of 8 km/h. When we cough, the
air rushes out at 120-160 km/h due to a large pressure gradient. Such
disturbance can easily rupture alveoli, tiny air sacs of our lungs due to their
Prevention of bouts of coughing
Do coughing only through the nose. You can reduce the durations of coughing
bouts about 2 times, if you keep the mouth closed.
The next step is to learn how to cough with both, the mouth and the nose
closed. If you achieve this, your bouts will almost disappear.
Finally, if you are feeling slight symptoms, like itching in the throat, use
the fast natural Emergency Procedure of the Buteyko method.
It will help you to remove mucus and phlegm from
airways much faster. You can cough out these secretions in tissue paper or a
towel only if you know that they are already in your throat.
Giardino ND, Friedman SD, Dager SR, Anxiety, Respiration and Cerebral
Blood Flow: Implications for Functional Brain Imaging, Compr Psychiatry. 2007 ; 48(2): p. 103–112.
Departments of Radiology, Psychiatry and Bioengineering, University of
Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA
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