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How Pursed Lip Breathing Benefits Lung Function

The health of your lungs is paramount in this day and age. It is integral for the lungs to receive sufficient oxygen to ensure that no stale air remains inside them. If you have a medical condition that affects lung function, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) or dyspnea, it is easy for stale air to become trapped in the lungs. Pursed lip breathing is a technique that can help prevent this from happening.

What Is Pursed Lip Breathing?

This breathing technique works to make breaths more effective by slowing them down with intention. The goal of pursed lip breathing is to control oxygenation and ventilation, and you do this by breathing air in through the nose and exhaling out of the mouth in a controlled, slow flow. After you inhale through your nose, you purse your lips and exhale through them. This helps to stimulate the autonomic nervous system and optimize lung mechanics. By removing stale air that is trapped in the lungs, it helps decrease the amount of breaths required to sufficiently oxygenate them.

Who Can Benefit From Pursed Lip Breathing?

Engaging in pursed lip breathing helps you gain control over your breathing, which is beneficial for people with lung or respiratory conditions. This technique is often recommended as part of a pulmonary rehabilitation plan for people with asthma, dyspnea, or COPD. Pursed lip breathing is not solely intended for people with lung conditions, though. People with excessive mucus production, chest tightness, or chronic cough can benefit from pursed lip breathing.

How To Do Pursed Lip Breathing:

Pursed lip breathing requires practice, but it will eventually become second nature to you. It is beneficial to be in a focused or relaxed state when engaging in this technique. To practice:

  • Sit up straight or lie down on your back. Relax the shoulders as much as you can.
  • Inhale through the nose for two seconds and pay attention to the air that moves into the abdomen. The goal is to fill the abdomen with air, not just your lungs.
  • Purse your lips as though you are about to blow out candles on a cake. Exhale slowly, taking twice as long as to breathe out as you did to breathe in.
  • Repeat this for about 10 minutes.
  • Over time, you will be able to increase the inhale and exhale counts, but begin with a two-second inhale and an four-second exhale.

Why Should You Do Pursed Lip Breathing?

Even if you don’t have a respiratory condition, pursed lip breathing benefits lung function and capacity. The purpose is to keep the airways open longer, decreasing the effort that is required to breathe. If carbon dioxide becomes trapped in the lungs, you can experience difficulty breathing. Get rid of that old air and make room for new, fresh oxygen by engaging in pursed lip breathing!

You should practice pursed lip breathing until it becomes second nature. Once you fully have it down, you’ll be able to improve breath control, improve cardiovascular strength for exercising, and expel stale air from the lungs.




Related Questions

  • Q: What do you suggest for someone who has one collapsed lung and another on that is deteriorating? He is on lots of medications for his breathing problem and has been diagnosed with full-blown AIDS. He is my uncle and does not know that I know any of this. All he knows it that I know he is sick. I want to help him but I do not know where to begin.


    Begin with the Full Body Detox and follow this up with the Respiratory kit and regimen.

  • Q: I just purchased the CHILDREN LUNG EXTRACT for my daughter who will be 3 in January 2009. She has Asthma and a cold which is causing wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing, she is miserable. MD has prescribed Prednisolone and nebulizer treatments of albuterol. Questions: 1. Can I give her the Lung Extract while she is taking the prescribed medicine? 2. Is there another product that you sell that I should be giving her in place of or in addition to the Lung extract? My hope is the get her healthy with herbs and natural treatments so she will not have to take the prescription meds.


    It is not wise to take herbs and drugs (poison) simultaneously. Either you are into healing or you're not. With drug consumption you are not into healing. You are into masking symptoms! Give the CHILDREN LUNG EXTRACT as well as MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA.

  • Q: I really need your help concerning my son. He is only 2 years old, but he has suffered with mucus build up and chest congestion since he was born. I only give him soymilk now. No other dairy. Several times a month he coughs up mucus and it is difficult for him to breath. Do you have something that can help him? He also has to use the nebulizer machine for breathing treatments.


    I recommend you give your son Mullein Leaf Extract or Dherbs Lung Extract. Serve him mullein tea (with maple syrup for sweetness and a little lemon juice) EVERY DAY!

    Rub olive oil on his chest and rub in 3-4 drops of Eucalyptus oil, before he goes to bed every night.

    Switch from soymilk to almond milk if possible.

    Give him plenty of water to drink too!

  • Q: I have completed the FULL BODY DETOX and I have to say IT IS FABULOUS! My Doctor and I decided that it would be a good idea to do as I was diagnosed with Asthma in March, was prescribed prednisone to control my lung spasms which caused kidney stones and numerous cysts on my ovaries and in my breasts not to mention the 30 lb unhealthy weight gain. We are both VERY pleased with the results, lower blood pressure, healthy weight loss of 26 lbs, the shrinkage of the cysts by more than 2 mm each, easier breathing, and so on and so on :+} She was so impressed She asked for the website so she could order it too along with several of my co-workers and friends. I would like to remain healthy and keep my asthma at bay. I would like to know what would be good for long term health - I am 51 and menopausal so hot flashes and night sweats are here at least for the moment! I also would like to know if you have Lobelia in a capsule form for my asthma, I hear it works wonders. THANK YOU FOR THE RESCUE!


    Thanks for sharing your success with our product! I would suggest a daily regimen (3 capsules each) of MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA, RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN , and LUNGS-RESPIRATORY TEA . I'd also perform the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMENat least once a year.

  • Q: I would like to know how your products are different from the other so call colon detox cleanses. I have a problem with bloating after I eat and when I drink water. I do not drink sodas or eat a lot of sweets. I do not eat meats like ground beef or steaks. I would like to know how I can stop the bloating, constipation and how can I lose weight because I do not eat a lot. I do have a breathing problem COPD.


    Our products differ due to what we use, how we formulate the herbs, and how we have you take them. The difference is in their efficacy, so the best way to know is to give them a try. You have nothing to lose and all to gain!

  • Q: I had this cough for about 6 months. I started taking blood pressure meds, the pills have been changed several times and till have the cough, I don't smoke. Doctors have did blood work, chest xrays, breathing test, inhalers. still have the cough. I drink maybe once a month, beer or mix drink. got your email from a friend.


    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. Meds are TOXIC and POISONOUS! They will not help you!

  • Q: I have the alternative diet and lifestyle manual and want to make sure that this applies to the respiratory condition as well. Can I have the rice bread with no gluten or wheat? or rice pasta being that I have sarcoid? Can I eat cold water fish or venison in small portions along with veggies? What about rice or soy milk or protein whey shake for breakfast once or twice a week? Thank you once again my breathing has improved greatly and I have ordered many more supplies to maintain what I have accomplished thus far due to your regimen. I am not a vegetarian so I want to make sure it is okay to have white meats. I will do whatever I have to do to live. I love and appreciate everything you have done to change and help me to heal myself.


    The manual applies when you are FINISHED with a cleanse or kit. Follow the regimen's diet. It clearly states NO COOKED FOOD. You are asking us about cooked food here. Stick to the diet plan and you will be alright! You are asking about foods no good for your condition. Whey is crap. Meat is no good. Grains are no good for you as well. They all produce too much mucus!

  • Q: Greetings, Dherbs.com. Yes there are two specific health challenges, that I am facing, a sinus problem of which I have taken four surgeries and still no relief with my breathing. Also please give me some information on the nutrition program. Thanks,


    Okay, for maintenance, We recommend the following; SINUS FORMULA, MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA, PROSTATE FORMULA , COLON FORMULA, KHEMETIAN GOLD (for nutritional purposes) Take 3 capsules daily of each formula. Kemetian Gold is a liquid! Start eating at least 3-5 fruits daily for nutritional purposes. If you feel you need additional nutrition please consider our ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOODFormula.

  • Q: Hello, I am having some serious issues here. I have a history of depression/anxiety and female problems. About a month ago I had my second miscarriage and after that it seems like my health just went downhill. I was having severe dizziness and headaches and then I started having breathing trouble. The doctors have said it's just bronchitis and my anxiety and that I need to take my meds so I have started back on my antidepressants/anxiety meds. My health doesn't seem to be getting any better. I'm having terrible stomach problems, no appetite, and my nerves are killing me. I'm also having muscle aches in my arms and legs and I'm having back and chest pains, please help me with some kind of advice. I've read through some of your articles but I'm still confused about what to do?


    When you feel like this it's a sign that you need to reboot your system (body) and you do this by Detoxing your body and eating a healthy diet in addition to positive thinking. Start with our FULL BODY DETOX followed by our TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. Drink our ENERGY TEA while doing your cleanses. You'll bounce back, Beloved.

  • Q: I was informed my two year old son has sleep apnea, and requires surgery. During his sleep, he stops breathing for several seconds. This worries me! What herbs can he take so he can have a normal sleep?


    Herbs can only assist! They are not the solution! I would recommend that he doesn't sleep on a pillow. He needs a bed that allows his body to slant, so his head will be lower than his feet. This way, oxygen can rush to his brain. My sleep article is being finished and may be up near the end of April. Please stay tuned to Dherbs.com! Make sure you get a guarantee that surgery will solve the problem. Surgery is always a big risk.

  • Q: Hello, I have a son that is now 5 years old and the doctors thought he had PDD autism. Through prayer and searching I don't think this is the case. He has trouble focusing, slow development, irritability, tosses and turns during sleep, stops breathing at times during sleep, slow speech development, poor memory, and very poor stool movement (often small little pebbles) God showed me Celiac before but I never had the money to really convert his diet totally, is there something that you have that might help with this for his age?


    Please schedule a consultation, Beloved. A response here won't do justice to the little boy's situation.

  • Q: I have scare tissue on my lungs, while the doctors doesn’t know anything to do for me except give me cough syrup with codeine, Immurane, and oxygen. I have never smoked and they don't know how my lungs got scared. So please can you help me so I can breath easy again.


    There are many reasons the lungs can get scarred including excess acidity from MUCUS buildup due to poor diet. I highly recommend that you begin with the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and follow this kit up with the LUNGS AND RESPIRATORY FORMULA, MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA, and RESPIRATORY INSPIRANT. Keep your head up! You can heal!

  • Q: I'm sitting with a woman who has lung congestion. She thinks she has bronchitis. I told her to detox first. Any suggestions??? Will your "Formula #4" be enough for her?


    Have her perform the 20 day Respiratory Cleanse and Regimen to assist her body in expelling the build-up in her lungs.

  • Q: How often can a male ejaculate, and not lose his life force? I am in the begining stages of learning, Panic breathing, Qi Gong, and Tantric Sex. I try to use my knowledge in those area, so that I won't lose my life Force.


    By simply replenishing his life force. Eating nutrients, consuming white powder gold (Dherbs.com Ethereal Bliss), deep breathing, etc.

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  • Q: I suffer from intermittent episodes of Dry Coughing upon laying down at bedtime as well as mucus build up which lasts for a while until I expel the mucus from my throat and lungs. In the morning, upon awakening I have the mucous build up which is provoked by the ingestion of foods and liquids. Would you recommend that I use your " Lungs & Respiratory Formula" for Bronchitis Remedy?


    I would highly recommend that you use our Respiratory kit and regimen followed by a daily regimen of our Lungs Formula and Mucus Buster formula. You can be healed!

  • Q: I have sarcoidosis that is contained in the lungs since I was 16 and am now 44. I am starting to feel the effects more and more and am now I’m on oxygen part time through the day and always at night. I have inflammation in the lungs that the doctor is treating with prednisone and plaquinel so it doesn't turn to scar tissue. My question is do you have something better and is there a cure and a reversal for the scar tissue that is already there ?


    Please read our article on â€SARCOIDOSIS†in our articles section for natural remedies.

  • Q: My sister has completed the FULL BODY DETOX, which improved her health greatly, but she is undergoing major stress, which is causing her an enormous amount of anxiety. She is having trouble breathing while lying down. She also experiences headaches that won't go away easily. She is currently taking NERVES FORMULA and NERVES TEA, FEMALE HORMONAL FORMULA and CIRCUL-AID FORMULA. Is there anything else that you could recommend for her? I would appreciate your help.



  • Q: Do you think I may need a lung cleanse if I constantly have chills and a runny nose? I sneeze a lot as well. There seems to be excess fluid in my throat which makes me want to throw up every now and then. Thanks again for your time and consideration.


    Yes, sounds like you can really benefit from our RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN.

  • Q: My daughter is 24 yrs old and has CP. She has been coughing off and on for 2 yrs. Claritin, ranitidine & flonaise have not worked. Will the LUNGS AND RESPIRATORY FORMULA help her?



  • Q: I recently saw an iridologist and was told that I had weak lung, slow oxygen to the brain, nervousness and constipation. I recently had a Blighted Ovum (spontaneous abortion) and would like to have one more child, but a little worried about holding a pregnancy. For all the issues that I have listed above, can you tell me what herbal remedies/formulas that I should use? Should I have my internist check the herbal contents to show that they are appropriate for me?


    I would recommend that you perform the Dherbs Lungs & Respiratory kit and regimen first and foremost. Follow this kit up with the Fertility kit and regimen.

    For CONSTIPATION: Dherbs Bowel Mover and Colon Conditioner

    For NERVOUSNESS: Dherbs Nerves formula