Would you have a 'respiratory' parallel for longing (noun or verb --- aspiring for)?
It took me a while to find it in Dutch: zucht (naar). Zuchten is related with sighing, but can as a noun be used to refer to a "maniacal" aspiration (anorexia = magerzucht, alcoholism = drankzucht, etc.).
(The background was my search for primary syntacticosemantic relations, such as the need for food and water (hunger and thirst)... I then guessed the need for breath/ air was equally important. But I could not think of a word that referred to that and could be used metaphorically - until... zucht !)