How to Stop a Cough in 1-2 Min: Easy Breathing Remedy
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author - Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD - Last updated on August 9, 2018
It 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).
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
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
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
If 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
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