February 19, 2007

Home remedies for hiccups

Hiccups are sudden, uncontrollable, noisy repeated sounds caused by involuntary contractions of the diaphragm. Drinking alcohol, hot or spicy meals, heavy meals, excessive smoking, and emotional stress – these are some of the causes that are likely to trigger hiccups, though the list could be endless.
Although they are disconcerting and embarrassing, they are usually harmless and self limited. Most of the time, they do not last for more than a few minutes. Severe or prolonged hiccups need medical intervention.

Some of the favorite home remedies are listed here, though most hiccups are transient and disappear as quickly as they appear.

* Sit and hold your breath for some time and drink cold water from the far side of a glass.
* Breathe in and breathe out through a paper bag.
* Bend down as if to pick up an object which is on the floor.
* For persistent hiccups, cardamom (elaichi) powder should be mixed with honey and should be taken orally.
* Boil 15-30 gm of beans with pods in 200 ml of water. Add 3 pieces of ginger. Boil until it reduces to half and add crystalline sugar. Drink this soup in 2-3 doses in a day.
* Put 3 gm clove and 10 gm orange peel in water. Boil for ½ an hour and drink this solution.
* Crush 30 gm of fresh ginger and squeeze out the juice. Add 30 ml of honey to it. Take 1 tsp, 2-3 times a day.




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35 comments:

  1. Shivram10:20 AM

    Your first breath does not have to be really deep.
    Keep bringing in air until you really can't take any more in.
    Let the air out very slowly!

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  2. Shubhada3:24 PM

    Some of the home remedies for hiccups
    Hold your breath, Gargle with water, Place an ice bag on the diaphragm for sometime, Sip ice water quickly, Close your eyes and gently press your eye balls, Drink a glass of soda water quickly, Eat some sugar, Eat one tbsp peanut butter,

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  3. Snehal5:43 PM

    There is no special diet recommended for hiccups. However, it is advisable to avoid hot and spicy food because they can irritate the lining of the esophagus.

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  4. Roast some peppercorns and breathe deeply. Your hiccups will stop at once.

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  5. Vibha4:22 PM

    You may also keep an ice bag on the diaphragm to eliminate hiccups.

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  6. Mukta4:27 PM

    For some eating a spoonful of peanut butter stops hiccups immediately. It can work for children also

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  7. Anonymous9:30 AM

    Nothing else ever really worked for me.

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  8. Anonymous9:08 AM

    Treatment for hiccups could be as simple as holding one's breath. This seems to be the most common cure, but it does not always work. By taking in a deep breath and holding it as long as possible. Sometimes taking deep breaths into a paper bag can cure the hiccups. Drinking cold water, while stretching the neck out as far as you can, then swallowing, might help ease them.

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  9. Anonymous4:44 PM

    Well, basically all the hiccups are, is readjusting the air in your esophagus and it just means a little breathing irregularity. I suggest not really believing the "luck of the draw" wives tales, and actually doing research on repetitive hiccups. This has happened to me before. What I actually find that helps mine is just not thinking about it. I mean, you can hold your breath, drink through a straw, drink through a paper towel, or hold your hands straight over your head. If you think it is to the point of finding a malignant or benign cancerous substance in your body, just call your doctor and tell him the symptoms, or call a neighborhood nurse! They are reliable, and FREE!

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  10. Vishnu4:44 PM

    Try this - Get a metal bowl about 1 inch deep and the round size about that of a Grapefruit. Fill it with water and drink it from the opposite side of how you would normally drink from it so that instead of bending backwards, you bend forwards to get the water in your mouth. Then swallow.

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  11. A tablespoon or two of malt vinegar always gets rid of my hiccups - works every time! It's a peculiar remedy but does the job! If you don't believe me give it a try!

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  12. A cure for hiccups that works - you put your fingers in your ears and get someone else to hold a glass of water while you drink it - the pressure in your ears and the swallowing of the water really does the trick...

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  13. Anonymous10:36 AM

    Pinch your nose then take two big gulps of water

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  14. Sumanth10:37 AM

    1 spoonful of sugar followed by a glass of water. Works every time for me

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  15. Joseph3:25 PM

    Lemon or lime juice held under the tongue for a few moments seems to help me. If you have fresh lemons or limes cut one up bite into it and suck the juice out. Always makes my hiccups stop. If you don't have either of those you can use a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in place of the juice.

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  16. Robert3:26 PM

    U can use 2 good methods to b rid of them 1 is eat a spoonful of peanut butter 2 is take a slice of lemon and dip it n2 sugar then eat it.

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  17. If you have the hiccups eat peanut butter it works like a charm! You theory is a good one but I think the hiccups would be gone before the potassium from the banana was absorbed and started to work.

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  18. Anonymous4:59 PM

    Swallow 1 tsp of sugar to get quick relief from hiccups. Hiccups are actually an action the body takes to protect itself. The diaphragm almost always works perfectly. When you inhale, it pulls down to help pull air into the lungs. When you exhale, it pushes up to help push air out of the lungs. But sometimes the diaphragm becomes irritated. When this happens, it pulls down in a jerky way, which makes you suck air into your throat suddenly. When the air rushing in hits your voice box, you're left with a big hiccup.

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  19. The best thing I have found for hiccups is to relax and to apply slight pressure with the finger tips to the solar plexus.

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  20. Try using a spoonful of sugar and a glass of water, it always helps me when I get the hiccups.

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  21. Yusuf3:52 PM

    drinking a little sip of vinegar helps too. Air causes hiccups ( if you let too much air in your mouth at once, ex. Talking outside on a super windy day) or if you eat too fast. hope this helps!

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  22. Yuvraj3:53 PM

    stick your finger up your bottom. it sounds daft but its true. ive never done it but its a medical way of getting rid of hiccups!
    hiccups can be caused of eating too fast or eating bread.

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  23. Anonymous3:54 PM

    I just eat a teaspoon of sugar plain, no water, No holding breath, no standing on your head. Just
    eat the sugar, works every time garenteed.
    That works for most hiccups.
    If your Hiccups are caused while eating, try
    taking a bite of food and chew extra long
    before swollowing (Chew till realy mushy)
    When hiccups are caused while eating, it is
    usualy because you didnt chew your food long
    enough, Once you chew the food until its mushy
    then swollow, it clears any lodged food and
    the hiccups stop, this realy works.

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  24. Sonali9:50 AM

    My sure fire remedy...fold a paper towel twice to make a smaller square with 4 layers. Pull this paper towel over the top of a glass of water and suck the water through the paper towel. Do it slowly so you don't rip the paper towel. The sucking motion resets the diaphragm.

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  25. Yadav9:53 AM

    Fill a glass of water, take a mouthful, only swallow little amounts at at time till your mouth is empty, breathing through your nose obviously, take another mouthful and do the slow small amounts again until the glass is empty.
    If it doesn't work with the first glass, use a second glass.

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  26. Prashant9:54 AM

    If I get the hiccups I nibble on a cracker. It seems to work for me.

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  27. Ranganath9:55 AM

    hold your breath and swallow three times

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  28. hold your breath for 40 seconds and if u hiccup again start over
    have someone scare u
    go out side down
    drink water slowly like really slow

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  29. Soujanya3:26 PM

    Some hiccup ‘cures’ include:

    Hold your breath
    Take deep breaths
    Breathe into a paper bag
    Eat a bit of fresh ginger
    Suck on a lemon
    Have a hot water and honey drink
    Eat a spoonful of sugar
    Drink a glass of water slowly
    Eat ice
    Gargle
    Sit down and lean forward over your knees
    Ask someone to give you a fright.

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  30. Paraneeta3:03 PM

    put a full glass of water on a table, bend over and drink it without touching. it really works for me.

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  31. Robin3:06 PM

    Put a paper towel over a glass of water and sip it. Don't poke a hole through the paper towel (if it rips while drinking the water, it's okay). Just drink all the water, then wait a couple of minutes.

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  32. Sinchana2:53 PM

    Holding your breath for as long as possible; sipping ice cold water; biting into a lemon; pulling your knees up to your chest; breathing into a paper bag (never place a bag over your head); swallowing granulated sugar; tasting or swallowing vinegar (swallowing vinegar may cause brief nausea that lasts around 15 seconds to 1 minute); leaning forward to compress your chest

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  33. Bhavana2:56 PM

    hiccups are most often a reaction to common digestive disturbances. And they're usually more a nuisance than anything else. Even infants hiccup, and the reflex continues, about three to five times a year, throughout life.
    Hold your breath until they stop, (they will, when the carbon dioxide levels in your lungs increase, as they must) after which, breathe deeply, but slowly, which keeps the carbon dioxide levels in your lungs at a higher level.

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  34. Get a spoon full of sugar and a glass of water, try to swallow the sugar and hold the breath until you have the need to drink some water. Again try to hold the breath as long as possible.

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  35. Hold your breath for as long as you can, then breathe DEEPLY and SLOWLY to increase CO2 levels in the lungs.

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