can't stop coughing, here is
the most natural remedy and proven medical treatment to stop coughing since it requires nothing. While some
people may be skeptical about the possibility of a breathing technique
being able to stop a cough in 1-2 minutes, more than 200,000 Russian asthmatics who learned the Buteyko breathing technique claim that it is
possible. This secret has been taught to patients by more than 180 medical doctors who have been
practicing the Buteyko method in the USSR and Russia during the last 5 decades. This very easy breathing exercise to stop
coughing naturally while breathing less air has more than 90% success rate since it improves body-
and brain-oxygen levels (see the brain image).
Cause: why coughing causes more coughing
During coughing you
breathe about 3-4 times more air than the medical norm losing too much CO2. It
is called hyperventilation or breathing more than the medical norm.
Overbreathing leads to less oxygen in body cells and all vital organs.
In addition, chronic coughing (through the mouth):
- irritates your airways due to mechanical friction of air flow
- irritates urge-to-cough receptors located in the larynx and tracheobronchial
tree since low CO2 makes all nerve cells hyper-excited and oversensitive (see
links with medical references below)
- destroys tiny air sacks (alveoli) of the lungs due to sudden changes in air
- suppresses the immune system due to cell hypoxia
- generates free radicals (reactive oxygen species) and produces many other
abnormalities in your body.
When you cough, you irritate your airways, destroy alveoli of the
lungs, reduce CO2 and NO content in your lungs, reduce the CO2 level in all
body cells, reduce oxygen content in all vital organs, suppress the
immune system, generate free radicals or reactive oxygen species, and
cause many other problems for your body. Hence you live in a vicious
circle: coughing --> CO2 loss --> irritation of airways + inflammation
+ infections --> more coughing --> more CO2 loss ....
Your first step in turning this negative cycle of CO2 loss
around, is to learn how to cough only through the nose.
This is the most basic and most crucial requirement of the Buteyko
Emergency Procedure and the Buteyko method in general. You simply
cannot expect to improve your health with coughing through the mouth.
The second step is to do the breathing exercises "How to get rid of
cough". 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, and also as a result of long term asthma. These nerve cells
stimulate the breathing centre in the brain both to initiate and to
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 increase CO2 in airways by creating a more and 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 (frequent short inhalations). If you do the exercise correctly
(and you breathe up to 30-50% less air while being relaxed), you
will notice 2 signs:
- Your arms and feet will get warm in about 1-2 minutes after starting
- The nasal passages will become more open and moist in about the same
Can't stop coughing at night or during sleep?
If you have persistent cough at night, there is a different natural exercise
(with other important details) "How to stop cough
How you can stop coughing naturally and permanently
Hence, if you eliminate the cause (start to breathe
slower and less and get more oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body), all your
coughing symptoms will disappear. The proven medical way to stop coughing is to achieve more than 25 s for the
body-oxygen test. The general outline of this therapy can be found here: Best
natural cough treatment. This is the way how you can stop coughing for good.
An additional factor to stop coughing naturally is to use
Earthing for grounding the human body and to get
Earth's electrons to reduce inflammation. Here are more details:
How to ground yourself.
J Assoc Physicians India. 2000 Mar; vol 48(no. 3): p. 343-345. 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
Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2007 Jun 15; 156(3): p. 331-339.
Cough and ventilatory adjustments evoked by aerosolised capsaicin and
distilled water (fog) in man.
Lavorini F, Pantaleo T, Geri P, Mutolo D, Pistolesi M, Fontana GA.
Dipartimento di Area Critica Medico Chirurgica, UnitÓ Funzionale di
Medicina Respiratoria, UniversitÓ di Firenze, Viale G.B. Morgagni 85,
50134 Firenze, Italy. Airway receptors mediate cough and ventilatory adjustments.
Simultaneous assessment of cough sensory-motor components and changes
in breathing pattern may provide insights into the receptors
prevailingly stimulated by inhaled irritants. Nineteen subjects
inhaled capsaicin and fog up to threshold concentrations for cough.
Cough intensity, respiratory sensations and changes in breathing
pattern induced by the two irritants were compared. Capsaicin and fog
cough threshold values did not correlate. Coughing induced by both
agents was preceded by qualitatively similar sensations and by
significant increases in minute ventilation and respiratory drive due
to selective increases in tidal volume (P<0.01). Cough intensity was
similar with both agents. Cough frequency and the intensity of the urge
to cough were higher with capsaicin (P<0.01). The lack of
correlation between fog and capsaicin cough threshold values suggests
differences in the neural mechanisms activated. The selective increase
in tidal volume suggests prevailing involvement of rapidly adapting
receptors. The stronger sensations evoked by capsaicin may contribute
to the higher cough frequency observed with this agent.
Monaldi Arch Chest Dis. 1999 Jun;54(3):275-9.
Advances in understanding and treatment of cough.
Sherrington School of Physiology, St. Thomas' Hospital Campus (UMDS),
Many different conditions and diseases cause cough. The commonest acute
causes are pollution, including cigarette smoke, and upper respiratory
tract infection. The commonest chronic causes are postnasal drip,
asthma, chronic bronchitis and gastro-oesophageal reflux.
Epidemiological studies give widely different patterns of incidence. The
different conditions that cause cough have in common the fact that the
cough is mediated via the vagus nerves, with sensory receptors in and
under the epithelium from the larynx down to the smaller bronchi. These
receptors are polymodal, responding to a large variety of stimuli,
including mechanical and chemical irritants, inflammatory mediators,
intraluminal material and large volume changes of the lungs. With
irritation and inflammation, C fibre receptors release neurokinins such
as substance P, which in turn stimulate cough receptors. The central
nervous pathways for the cough reflex are poorly understood. They
can be activated or inhibited voluntarily. Studies on the pharmacology
of the central nervous pathways of coughing are opening up new
therapeutic possibilities. Other new therapies include drugs acting on
the sensory receptors for cough, thereby avoiding adverse central
Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2007;20(4):416-22. The problem of cough and development of novel antitussives. Barnes PJ.
Department of Thoracic Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute,
Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY, UK. email@example.com Cough is a very common clinical symptom and current therapies are
largely ineffective, indicating a major unmet medial need. There is
a pressing need to develop novel and safe antitussive therapies. This
is likely to arise from better understanding of the sensory nerves
involved in cough and the signalling pathways that are activated. A
major therapeutic target should be sensitization of the cough reflex
which is a feature of patients with both acute (virally induced) cough
and chronic cough, including chronic idiopathic cough. Studies on human
cough mechanisms are limited. There are several novel therapeutic
approaches that are currently being explored. Perhaps the most
promising drugs are transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 (TRPV(1))
antagonists, selective cannabinoid agonists (CB2 agonists), maxi-K
channel openers and P2X3 antagonists. New cough therapies may target
airway nerve sensitization and may best be delivered as inhalers to
minimize any systemic effects. Understanding the intercellular
signalling pathways involved in nociception may lead to novel drugs,
such as p38 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase inhibitors, being
used in the treatment of cough in the future. It is also likely that
several novel treatments that are developed as analgesics will also
prove to be beneficial in the treatment of cough.
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