Home Remedies for Hiccups

Written by Lari Warjri, B.A. | 

Article Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Sep 13, 2019

What are Hiccups?

Hiccups are a reflex action, which means that we do not have any control over them. Hiccups are a sudden, involuntary squeezing of the diaphragm, the main breathing muscle under the lungs, which results in sucking the air quickly into the lungs thereby snapping and shutting glottis above the voice-box (larynx). This snapping 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 of an underlying disease, which needs medical intervention.

Common Causes of Hiccups

  • Stretching of the stomach after eating or drinking

  • Sudden emotional excitement

  • Sudden change of air temperature (e.g. cool shower)

  • Very hot/cold food or drink

  • Alcohol or excess smoking

  • Common Causes of Hiccups: Alcohol and Smoking

  • Heartburn or acid reflux

Other serious conditions may include:

Home Remedies for Hiccups

Tip 1:

Have a teaspoon of sugar and allow it to dissolve slowly in your mouth without chewing it. This remedy is especially for toddlers and children who are unable to follow detailed instructions on breathing pattern.

Home Remedies for Hiccups: Sugar

Tip 2:

Mix one cup of yogurt with a teaspoon of salt, stir it thoroughly until the salt dissolves completely. Have the yogurt slowly: this will help stop your hiccups.

Home Remedies for Hiccups: Yogurt

Tip 3:

Cardamom powder is an effective remedy for hiccups. Boil 1 ½ cups of water and add a teaspoon of freshly ground cardamom powder in it. Allow the liquid to cool and then strain the liquid and drink. This remedy helps the muscles of the diaphragm to relax and this will stop your hiccups.

Tip 4:

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

Home Remedies for Hiccups: Ginger

Tip 5:

Swallowing or gargling water may interrupt the hiccup cycle, which can quiet the nerves and get rid of your hiccups.

Tip 6:

A spoon of peanut butter is a great remedy that could help stop continuous hiccups.

Home Remedies for Hiccups: Peanut Butter

Tip 7:

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

Tip 8:

Mix 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds with 1/2 teaspoon of pure ghee and swallow the mixture. This will reduce your hiccups.

Home Remedies for Hiccups: Mustard and Ghee

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JesusLoveYou, United States

Try eating popcorn. My hicups stopped with after a few handfuls :O it worked!

abdul_muqeet, Saudi Arabia

I got a simple technique...it really wprk 100% to me. Take a pillow and put it under your chin and lay down on mat such that your front side is parallel to ground.raise your chin little such that a little strech should effect on you stomach. Try this and please reply me!!!!!

Devendra56, India

hi i am getting hiccups since 4-5 days.

rahul_mishra611, India

have a teaspoon of sugar and a glass of water..hiccup will get lost in a second

rahul_mishra611, India

Have a teaspool of sugar and water..it will get lost..my own experience.