Hiccups are involuntary contractions of the diaphragm – the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen and plays an important role in breathing.
Each contraction is followed by a sudden closure of your vocal cords, which produces the characteristic hic sound. Hiccups may result from a large meal, alcoholic or carbonated beverages or sudden excitement. For most people, a bout of hiccups usually lasts only a few minutes. In very rare cases, hiccups may persist for months.
Top home remedies of Hiccups are
1.Plug your ears
Plug your ears and noses and breathe through your mouth has been found to be very effective in stopping hiccups.
Plug your ears and noses and breathe through your mouth for 30 seconds. Alternatively, you can plug your ears while drinking a glass of water.
Build up carbon dioxide in your lungs so your diaphragm relaxes, which should help get rid of hiccups.
Take a deep breath and hold it without breathing in or out.
3.Drink cold water
Shock your system by drinking cold water in a fast pace to get rid of hiccups.
Take many small sips of cold water in a fast pace.
4.Cover nose & mouth and breath
The extra dose of carbon dioxide should help you get rid of hiccups
Cup your hands around your nose and mouth and continue breathing normally.
5.Breathe into a bag
This raises the carbon dioxide level in the blood, calming the nerve and muscle irritability that causes hiccups.
Keep breathing into the paper bag until the hiccups stop, or you feel uncomfortable.
6.Drink water upside down
Drinking water upside down is one of the the methods that attempt to relax or stimulate the diaphragm which tend to be the most effective.
Hold the far edge of a glass of water against the bottom of your upper lip. Bend forward and keep your upper lip touching the outer tip of the glass.
Remaining in the forward position, pour the water from the glass slowly into your mouth so it runs over the upper palate of your mouth. Swallow most of the glass of water.
Swallowing dry sugar stimulates the vagus nerve. Consuming sugar also forces the body to stop focusing on the hiccups for a short duration of time.
Take a teaspoon of sugar.
The way your body reacts to the sour taste of ACV can effectively stop hiccup.
Pour a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and drink it.
9.Press your palm
Press your palm to cause discomfort in your hand. The idea is to distract your nerve system to disrrupt the hiccup reflex.
Press the palm of your hand with the thumb of your other hand to cause some pain.
Long term hiccups can be caused by improper digestion of food or build up of gas. Ginger helps to cure these common gastrointestinal ailments.
For recurring hiccups, suck small pieces of fresh ginger.Taking ginger might increase your risk of bleeding and lower your blood sugar. Use caution if you have bleeding or blood sugar related conditions.