Hiccups: Causes, 8 Best home remedies, Excercise, and Pressure points.

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 #5. Hiccups


 Involuntary contraction of the diaphragm near the lungs produces a sound “hiccup” in the vocal cord.

   No one knows why hiccup exists, some scientists say that hiccups are a trait leftover from our evolutionary past. Hiccups are quite common in kids. 
            Mainly a hiccups last for 2-3minutes, if it last for more than two days it may refer to chronic disease.
The longest recorded case of hiccups lasted for 68 years.
While that level of severity is extremely uncommon, all of us are no stranger to an occasional case of the hiccups.
   But what causes hiccups? 

Causes of hiccups:

1.Short term hiccups :

  • Sudden change in temperature.
  • Excessive drinking of alcohol.
  • Sometimes due to stress.
  • Smoking.
  • Acidity. more……
  • Eating too much and quickly.
  • Mainly depends on emotional feelings(nervous, excited, etc).
  • Having fatty and spicy food.
  • Gas in the stomach.
  • After surgery, the time of wound healing.
  • Swallowing air with chewing gum or sucking a candy.

2. Long term hiccups:

  • Caused due to disorders of the central nervous system(CNS) like meningitis, metabolic disorders(diabetes, kidney failure) encephalitis, etc.
  • Some drugs may also induce long-term hiccups, drugs like steroids, some tranquilizers, benzodiazepine, barbiturates, opioids.
  • Nerve damage or irritation may also cause long term hiccups
  • Presence of cyst, goiter, tumor in your neck.
  • Reflux of gastroesophageal.
  • Laryngitis or sore throat.
  • Hair or foreign body touching your eardrum in your ear.
  • It may also occur, associated due to pancreatitis, pregnancy, bladder irritation, liver cancer, or hepatitis.

Pressure points:

  • Neiguan points. 
  • Pull your tongue.
  • Press your diaphragm
  • Gv26( midway between the nose and the upper lip)

Home remedy:

  • Drink ice water or warm water.
  • Gargle with water.
  • Eating sugar or jaggery.
  • Eating lemon./ suck a lemon.
  • Sip some hot sauce.
  • Yogurt with salt(eat it slowly).
  • Water + cardamom powder/eliachi.
  • Take half asafoetida powder(hing) + 1teaspoon clarified butter/ghee.


  • Hug your knees.
  • Deep breathing (pranayama).
  • Breathe into a paper bag.
  • Do chest exercise.
  • Hold your breath.
  • Massage your neck.

        It always seems impossible until it is done.

Nelson Mandela


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