Cause of Chronic Cough Discovered

Chronic Cough Detroys Health and Life

By Dr. Artour Rakhimov (

The cause and mechanism of chronic cough have been a puzzle for thousands of scientists and doctors for many years. Recent publications and discoveries, together with clinical experience of medical doctors, provided a clear picture why coughing becomes chronic and how to end the vicious circle.

Official medical statistic of the Buteyko Clinic in Moscow revealed that during last 4 decades over 100,000 asthmatics have learned the Buteyko breathing medical technique in Russia and became symptom-free. The technique is officially approved by the Ministry of Health in Russia to treat asthma. Since the Buteyko technique was able to reduce symptoms of asthma, and cough is the central warning sign in asthma, then some components of the Buteyko technique should help other cough-sufferers to reduce their problems with coughing.

The objective of the Buteyko breathing method is to abolish habitual over-breathing so that to make one's basal breathing pattern lighter and slower and increase oxygen concentration in body organs and tissues. Did this technique have clinical trials? Consider the key results of 6 published randomized controlled trials of the Buteyko therapy on the west: 4 to 9 times less reliever medication, 50% less cortisol medication, better quality of life and less symptoms of asthma after 3-6 months of breathing exercises to learn how to eradicate their heavy breathing.

Note that up to 95% of contemporary individuals promote a naïve idea that carbon dioxide is a toxic and waste gas and hence, deep breathing is beneficial. These people also assume that heavy automatic breathing pattern (or chronic hyperventilation that is breathing more and/or faster than the normal breathing) increases O2 content in the body.

Hundreds of medical articles have proven that chronic hyperventilation DECREASES level of oxygen in the cells of vital organs, the brain, heart, kidneys, liver and others included. Furthermore, carbon dioxide performs innumerable significant functions in the human body, which include: sleep regulation, normal immunity, stability of the nerve cells, synthesis of hormones, control of respiration, bronchodilation (dilation of airways), regulation of heart rate, regulation of blood pH, relaxation of muscle cells, control of blood sugar, repair of alveoli in lungs and many other key physiological processes.

How cough demolishes your health

During normal breathing at rest the air travels though the air passages at a rate of around 8-9 km/h. When we cough, the air rushes out through the mouth at over 110 km/h. Coughing through the mouth creates a large enough air pressure fluctuation to rupture lungs alveoli. Coughing is particularly hazardous for people with cystic fibrosis, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD and other pulmonary health problems with existing damage to the lungs.

During bouts of coughing, you respiratory frequency is over 30 breaths in one minute instead of normal 12. Your tidal volume for one cough is nearly one liter of air instead of 500-600 ml. Carry out some math to see that your minute ventilation is much more than the tiny medical norm (6 L/min).

Bouts of coughing cause constriction of airways due to hypocapnia (since CO2 is a bronchodilator); irritable state of cough receptors in the tracheobronchial tree and larynx due to hypocapnia (low CO2 ); possible production of too much mucus; damage and rupture of tiny and fragile alveoli due to sudden change in air pressure; irritation of the lining of constricted and inflamed airways due to excessive mechanical friction with air flow; chronic respiratory infections and inflammation due to suppression of the immune system; cell hypoxia and many other effects caused by hyperventilation. Here is Youtube Video about best Cough Suppressants: carbon dioxide and nitric oxide.

Hence, chronic cough causes this immediate damage and, in addition, it resets the breathing center to lower CO2 values leading to chronic hyperventilation 24/7. Can one measure own hyperventilation?

How to measure the level of O2 in the body and hyperventilation using a test

Immediately after your usual or natural exhalation, pinch both nostrils and count your distress-free breath holding time. Note that your breath pattern immediately after the test has to be identical to your breath pattern prior to this trial: no anxiety or stress or deep breathing at all after the test. This unique test evaluates 2 values simultaneously. First of all, the final result quantifies content of oxygen in the tissues. Next, it indicates how heavy the individual respiratory pattern is.

Provided that the automatic breath pattern is currently standard, a person must be able to maintain the breath hold for about 40 s. If a person has approximately 20 seconds, that person breathes roughly 2 times the scientific norm (which is six liters of air in one particular minute). For the sick men and women, their test result is less: on average approximately 15 seconds or less because of over-breathing.

Long lasting remedy to relentless problems with cough

As soon as your basal breathing pattern is so slow that your O2 content in the body is above 25 s (for the above test), you will not have troubles with relentless coughing. You should slow down your large breathing in order to accomplish this goal.

Breathing retraining activity demands constant regulation of breath including:
- avoidance of sleeping on your back (we breathe almost twice more air, when we sleep on our backs at night: search the web for the free manual "How to avoid sleeping on one's back")
- constant nose breathing (hence, it is necessary then to seal your mouth with a surgical tape, if your mouth is usually dry in the morning: search the web for the free manual "How to maintain nasal breathing 24/7")
- physical exercise for (no less than 2 hours every day with only nose breathing, in and out, otherwise exercise is more or less ineffective for most, especially sick people)
- and various other lifestyle-related details so that your unconscious breathing pattern is returned back to our physiological standard.

Resources and further links
Stop Coughing at Night - Breathing technique to reduce bouts of dry or severe and persistent coughing in 2-4 minutes

Best Cough Treatment Therapy - The permanent solution to chronic problems with whooping cough, dry cough (or chesty cough), coughing at night, and coughing in children

Dr. Artour Rakhimov is the author of committed to spreading education in relation to body oxygen content, ideal breathing pattern, CO2 effects, effects of hyperventilation, Buteyko breathing retraining technique, Frolov respiration device and other breath techniques to improve health, breathing and body oxygen level naturally.

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artour 4 years ago from Canada Author

Yes it becomes a vicious circle.

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