Persistent Cough Remedies: Easy Breathing Exercises

- Updated on October 29, 2020

Persistent Cough Remedies: Easy Breathing Exercises 1By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author

Effects of persistent coughing on brain oxygen
Woman with persistent cough

Persistent Cough Remedies: Easy Breathing Exercises

Persistent 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 a persistent cough is chronic inflammation due to positive body voltage. This problem can be solved by normalization of the 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)

Condition Minute
Number of
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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 a reduction in the body and brain O2 content and without creating more inflammation.

Mechanism of persistent cough and dry cough

Cough-gone 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 for chronic coughing 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 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 get rid of cough fast

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.

The permanent remedy for a persistent cough

Physicians smilingAfter testing thousands of their patients, the Russian medical doctors (who developed this exercise) found that a 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.

You need to get over 25 seconds for the CP test to be free from coughing.


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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