Urge-To-Cough and Coughing Cause Explained

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Published: 19th January 2011
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Urge-to-cough refelex and the cause of cough remain a mystery for the medical science, while medications or common drugs (except opioids), according to recent clinical reviews, still do not offer a relief from chronic coughing. Meanwhile, there are many doctors and even thousands of patients who found an effective solution to their coughing problems. This solution is based on physiological laws and is described in this article.

You may not know that, according to official medical statistic of the Buteyko Clinic in Moscow, during last 4 decades over 100,000 asthmatics have learned the Buteyko breathing technique in Russia and became cough-free. The Buteyko technique is officially approved by the Ministry of Health in Russia and National Scientific Medical Council for treatment of bronchial asthma.

The Buteyko technique has been able to decrease symptoms in all 6 Western clinical trials, and coughing is the most important warning sign for asthma. Hence, features of the Buteyko technique can assist other cough-sufferers to eliminate their coughing. Furthermore, there is a simple breathing exercise that reduces its duration and stops coughing (see the link below).

The major aim of the Buteyko respiratory technique is to make personal basal breath pattern slower and lighter and enhance oxygen concentration in the tissues. Does this breathing method deliver the results for asthma? Here are the overall conclusions of all six published western randomized controlled medical trials of the Buteyko method:
- reliever medication intake is reduced 4-10 times;
- cortisol medication is reduced twice;
- less symptoms of asthma and better quality of life after practicing several months of breathwork to eliminate their chronic hyperventilation syndrome, which diminishes their tissues oxygen content.

Millions of contemporary individuals promote a ignorant fantasy that CO2 is a waste and poisonous chemical. These people also insist that large unconscious breathing pattern (or chronic hyperventilation that is breathing more and/or faster than the normal breathing) improves concentration of oxygen in the tissues.

Thousands of published research papers have confirmed that over-breathing REDUCES concentration of oxygen in the body tissues. Additionally, the chemical we exhale, carbon dioxide performs a lot of other fundamental processes for the human body, which include: repair of alveoli in lungs, stability of the nerve cells, bronchodilation (dilation of airways), regulation of blood pH, release of O2 in capillaries (the Bohr effect), control of smoothness, intensity and regularity of respiration, relaxation of muscle cells, body weight monitoring, normal immunity, synthesis of hormones, proteins, immune cells and other chemicals, regulation of stomach pH and many other vital processes.

How and why coughing destroys your health

During our normal breathing at rest the air circulates though the breathing passages at a speed of about 8 km/h. When you cough, the air dash out through the mouth at 70-110 miles per hour. Coughing through the mouth results in an air pressure fluctuation that is enough to harm alveoli. Coughing is especially destructive for people with asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, COPD, bronchiectasis, bronchopneumonia, bronchitis and other breathing conditions with present damage to the lungs.

Next, during constant coughing, you respiratory frequency is over 35 breaths in 1 min instead of normal 12. Your tidal volume for one cough is close to one liter of air instead of 500-600 ml. Have some calculations to make sure that your pulmonary ventilation is many times more than the tiny medical norm (6 liters/minute). Bouts of coughing induce cellular hypoxia; chronic respiratory infections and inflammation due to suppression of the immune system; constriction of airways due to hypocapnia (CO2 is a bronchodilator); possible over-production of mucus; damage or rupture of alveoli due to sudden air pressure changes; irritable state of cough-receptors in the tracheobronchial tree/larynx due to hypocapnia (lack of CO2 ); irritation of the constricted airways due to excessive mechanical friction and other pathological consequences due to hyperventilation.

Check the concentration of oxygen in the body cells using a quick test

Immediately following your exhale, close both nostrils and measure your stress-free breath holding time. Bear in mind that the breathing pattern following the experiment ought to be exactly like your respiratory pattern just before the trial: no stress at all after the test.

This tryout measures a pair of values at the same time. Firstly, the final result indicates content of O2 in the body cells. Next, it reflects how large and deep the individual respiration pattern is.

When the unconscious respiration pattern is actually standard, the person must be able to keep the breath hold for about forty s. If the person has about twenty s, this person breathes about double the physiological norm (and it is six Liters of air in one particular min). In relation to the sick men and women, their result is smaller: predominantly approximately 15 seconds or less resulting from chronic over-breathing.

Long-term solution

If your involuntary breath pattern is so gentle that your concentration of O2 in the body is above 25 s, you will not suffer from troubles with chronic cough. You should slow down your excessive breathing in order to achieve this goal.

Breathing normalization process demands 24/7 restrain of breath including:
- constant nose breathing (hence, it is necessary then to tape your mouth with a surgical tape, if your mouth is usually dry in the morning
- prevention of sleeping on your back (we breathe almost twice more air, when we sleep on our backs at night)
- physical exercise for (at least 2 hours every day with only nasal breathing, in and out, otherwise exercise is more or less a waste of time for most, especially sick people)
- and numerous other lifestyle-related details so that your unconscious breathing pattern is restored back to the medical standard.

Those breathing techniques that increase body oxygen content are very beneficial for long term remission.

More information regarding respiration exercises and techniques to eliminate coughing:
- Get Rid of Cough - The main breathing exercise that is used during bouts of coughing to stop them faster and reduce the damage caused by coughing to airways, lungs, and all body cells

- Breathing Techniques - Best breath methods analysis

Dr. Artour Rakhimov is the author of books and the educational website NormalBreathing.com devoted to natural self-oxygenation and breathing education. The website has hundreds of medical quotes, graphs, charts, tables, results of trials, analysis of breathing techniques, free breathing exercises, manuals, lifestyle modules and other resources for better health. Normal Breathing defeats chronic diseases!

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