What is 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 (eg. cool shower)
  • Very hot/cold food or drink
  • Alcohol or excess smoking

Other serious conditions may include:

  • Irritation of the diaphragm by infection
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Brain infection or tumour
  • Severe kidney failure
  • Infections such as malaria
  • Multiple sclerosis

Home Remedies for Hiccups

Tips 1:

1 tsp of sugar sucked on will relieve hiccups.
Tips 2:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds mixed with 1/2 tsp pure ghee and swallowed will stop hiccups.
Tips 3:

Pound 5-6 green cardamom. Boil in 2 cups of water. When it boils down to 1 cup remove, sieve and drink while warm.