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Home Remedies For Hiccups

Home Remedies for Hiccups



A hiccup is a condition of reflex action that means one does not have any control over them. Hiccups are a sudden involuntary squeezing of the diaphragm that results in sucking the air too quickly into the lungs thereby shutting and snapping glottis above the larynx (voice-box). This snapping what makes the sound of a hiccup. Hiccups will usually stop on their own. Continuous hiccups lasting for more than a day or two may indicate a cause for an underlying disease that needs medical attention.


Causes for Hiccups
  1. Too much stretching of the stomach after drinking or eating.
  2. Sudden emotional excitement
  3. Sudden change in air temperature such as cool showers
  4. Consuming very cold or hot food or drink
  5. Kidney failure 
  6. Malaria
  7. Multiple sclerosis
  8. Excessive smoking or alcohol.
  9. Acid reflux or heartburns
  10. Diaphragm irritation due to an infection
  11. Hiatus hernia 
  12. Brain tumor or infection 
Home Remedies for Hiccups



Have a teaspoon of sugar and allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing it. This remedy is particularly for toddlers and children who cannot follow instructions on breathing patterns.



Take one cup of yogurt and mix with a teaspoon of salt and stir it thoroughly. Have this yogurt slowly and this will help stop hiccups



Cardamom powder is another effective remedy for hiccups. Add a teaspoon of ground cardamom powder to a 1 ½ cups of water and boil it. Let this liquid cool and then strain and drink. This remedy helps in relaxing the diaphragm muscles and stop hiccups.



Peel a small piece of ginger and chew it slowly to get rid of hiccups.



Water gargle or swallowing may interrupt your hiccups cycle resulting in calming the nerves and get rid of hiccups.



A spoon of peanut butter can be a great remedy that helps to stop your continuous hiccups.



Take a deep breath and hold it as long as possible without letting any air in and out and then gently exhale in a controlled way. This often helps get rid of hiccups. Keep repeating this procedure for a couple of times.