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How to Stop a Cough in 1-2 Min: Easy Breathing Remedy

Avatar of Dr Artour Rakhimov, Buteyko Breathing Practitioner and Master TrainerBy Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
- Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD
- Last updated on August 9, 2018

Woman cannot stop a coughIt can be a very hard challenge to get rid of a cough if you do not know certain simple but very important rules related to breathing. This natural breathing home remedy improves body oxygen levels since coughing has a profound negative effect on brain oxygenation due to reduced CO2 (see the brain image below).

Effects of overbreathing and coughing on brain oxygen levels The duration of bouts of coughing is immediately reduced at least 5 times if you follow these guidelines. You can also solve your problems completely and naturally (that may take some days or weeks to practice). Once you achieve a certain result for a simple breathing test, you will get rid of coughing for good at home without any other substances, drugs or herbal remedies.

Steps to follow to stop coughing fast

When you cough, you irritate your airways, destroy alveoli of the lungs, reduce CO2 and NO (nitric oxide) 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 ease a 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 center 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.

Reduced breathing to ease and stop cough faster

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 this exercise
- The nasal passages will become more open and moist in about the same 1-2 minutes.

More information about this vicious circle (when coughing causes multiple pathological effects and these effects accumulate and reinforce each other causing more coughing): Cause of a Cough.

How to stop a cough fast at night (or during sleep) and naturally

Woman: peaceful night sleep, cough stoppedIf you have a persistent cough at night, there is a different exercise (with other important details) "How to Stop Cough At Night".

How to cure a cough permanently

This criterion (the result for the body O2 test) has been tested on thousands of people with asthma, bronchitis and many other conditions. My experience with my students agrees with this requirement for the body O2 test result. It is provided as your bonus content below.

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Here is a YouTube video that explains 3 natural breathing remedies on how to stop a cough fast.

This YouTube video explains "How to Cure Cough"

Cough Treatment (Medical References)

Some insightful medical studies actually explained the main cause of cough and how coughing is connected with hyperventilation. Follow this link for references and quotes.

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