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Gentle breathing exercises to get quick relief from Asthma and cough - Fast cough relief without medication for asmatic

Updated on April 10, 2012

Do you have Asthma or shortness of breath? Do you take regular medications for asthma? In this article I would like to share with you some recent discoveries in Asthma research. I was really surprised when I read the article that asthma can be treated just by breathing exercises. Few of my friends tried this and it worked for them. Usually when they had breathing difficulty and wheezing they takes medication (usually salbutamol). Now instead of medication, they sit down peacefully and do few breathing exercises. This is not yoga and this methodology has been tested in patients and most of them could reduce their medication after doing these exercises. This result was published in the article THORAX (61:651-656 in March 2006 ,Double blind randomised controlled trial of two different breathing techniques in the management of asthma) .

I was actually wondering why none of the doctors prescribe breathing exercises for patients, not even as an addition to the medication.This result was published in 2006 and I wonder how many of the so called Asthma specialists know about this and recommend it to patients.

For my friends who did these exercises, they got instant relief without medication. They even had a better feeling than taking the salbutamol inhalation.

Breathing Exercise for Asthma Relief:

I recommend you tocheck the link at the end of this article. There is a video in the site where the scientists show you how to do the breathing exercises. Here are few points fromtheir presentation:

There are two types of breathing exercises for this therapy, reduced breathing exercises (this is explained in this article) and physical movement exercises. Both these exercises showed similar results with patients. You could use either of these to see if it could control your Asthma symptoms.

Reduced breathing exercise have 5 components:

  • · Gentle breathing
  • · Awareness of reduced breath
  • · Breathing check
  • · Relaxed breathing
  • · Extended delay

Most of us don't give much attention to the way that we breath. When you breath try to keep the following three things in mind

  • · Remember your posture: Sit upright with your feet on the ground and legs uncrossed.
  • · Remember to relax: Keep your chest and tummy muscles relaxed when you are breathing
  • · Maintain focus by looking up or by closing your eyes

You shouldn't make conscious efforts to breath slowly or change your breathing in any way, breath normally. This is called gentle breathing.Continue breathing through your nose in a relaxed and gentle manner.Now, stop inhaling air after exhaling. You may feel to breath in again. take no notice of this feeling. The sensation you are experiencing is called awareness of reduced breath. This is what we want to achieve. Keep waiting until you feel that there is no air in your lungs.Then return to gentle breathing. You shouldn't feel a sensation of discomfort. When you return to gentle breathing, you shouldn't feel that you need to take a big breath in. If you have difficulty achieving 'awareness of reduced breath' you can reduce the amount of air you are taking in with each breath (just slightly) . Another way to reach 'awareness of reduced breath' is to pause after gentle exhalation until you achieve this feeling.

It is recommended to do this exercise in the morning just after you get up from the bed and as the last thing you do before you go to bed. You can also do this when you have the breathing difficulty, asthma or wheezing. After this exercise you will feel that your airways has been cleared and you could breath normally.

Here is the link where you can see the video where the scientists demonstrate the breathing exercises. If you like this article and if these exercises helped relieve asthma, please rate rate this article up or share it with your friends.

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      hitesh 6 years ago

      after reading this i felt good so im gonna try this if it works i'll let u know

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      hitesh 6 years ago

      after reading this i felt good so im gonna try this if it works i'll let u know

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      emdi 6 years ago

      as i heard, this breathing exercise is as powerful as using a salbutamol inhalor

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      livelifecomplete 6 years ago from Hub pages member only


      Great to know this, my son has an asthma but he is using a different exercise.