Table of Contents
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Almond Butter
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Sugar
- Drink Upside Down
- Drink Water Through Paper Towel
- Drink Water With Spoon in It
- Drink Water Without Breathing
- Holding the Breath Technique
- Ice Cream, Cold- Pressed Barley Pills
- Inhale While Arching Your Back
- Malt Vinegar
- Peanut Butter
- Pencil Technique
- Pickle Juice
- Raise Both Arms
- Rub Your Right Earlobe
- Stage Fright
- The Ole Case of Beer Trick
- Tilt Head Backwards and Breathe Deeply
- Water and the Help of a Friend
"A hiccup or hiccough... is a spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm that typically repeats several times per minute. In humans, the abrupt rush of air into the lungs causes the epiglottis to close, creating the hic noise. In medicine, it is known as synchronous diaphramatic flutter (SDF), or singultus. The term hiccup is also used to describe a small and unrepeated aberration in an otherwise consistent pattern.
A bout of hiccups generally resolves itself without intervention, although many home remedies claim to shorten the duration, and medication is occasionally necessary." (Wikipedia)
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|Drink Upside Down||17 YEAS|
|Holding the Breath Technique||11 YEAS|
|Peanut Butter||6 YEAS|
[YEA] 09/10/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "My 13 yr old daughter was having trouble with hiccups all day long. Finally, we went on EC and found peanut butter. We only had almond butter so used that instead and within minutes the hiccups stopped! And she was relieved- amazing!"
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 06/19/2011: Patricia from Miami, Fl: "Yes! 1 tbsp ACV straight just got rid of my hiccups. Thank you!"Replies
08/13/2011: Oak_84 from Chicago, Illinois replies: "Bitters on a lime!!!!
A very old "Bar" trick that works wonders every time!!! I've been plagued with hiccups for decades and it seems that this old fashioned remedy is just about the only thing that works for me!! Give it a try sometime... You will not be dissappointed!!"
05/13/2012: Esmith from Washington, Dc replies: "To stop my hiccups, I took Baclofen 10mg and they stopped immediately. Last Tuesday, after lunch, I started hiccuping about every 5 seconds. It stopped for about an hour, then got going again. This lasted until Thursday around 6pm when my doctor prescribed Baclofen 10mg and, after taking only one pill, the hiccups immediately stopped. I realize this might not work for everyone, but I am very grateful it stopped mine. Hope this helps someone else."
[YEA] 03/28/2011: Melinda from Perth, Australia: "An instant cure for hiccups - 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar :)"
Apple Cider Vinegar and Sugar
[YEA] 05/06/2011: Frances from Gcs, Fl : "1 Tbsp ACV saturated with sugar stopped the hiccups. Tried other remedies and nothing worked but this."
[YEA] 10/18/2006: Chris from St. Louis, MO: "Just force a burp or two. This worked every time for me."Replies
[YEA] 02/14/2013: Jasmyn from Honolulu, Hawaii, U.s. replies: "Been doing this all my life! I learnt it in the schoolyard from a classmate! If you can't force a burp, try drinking lots of fizzy drinks."
[YEA] 01/30/2013: Sara from Bentonville, Arkansas: "Another yay! Had a bad case of hiccups I took about three gulps of water out of a cup upside down using a straw (I didnt follow one persons post of upper lip on rim of cup) and worked like a charm. Try it. It works! Sara"
[YEA] 12/20/2007: Penny from Columbus, Ohio, USA: "I am 56 years old and my grandmother taught me to drink water upside down. It works 100% of the time. As previous posts mentioned you must drink with your upper lip on the rim and drink while bending over and sucking air at the same time. It's weird sounding until you finally figure out that it works every time."Replies
[YEA] 05/08/2010: Bryan from Port Vue, Pa replies: "it doesnt matter how you get the liquid in your mouth.
just get a mouthfull of any drink. look down almost like your trying to turn your head upside down.
it will feel like the liquid is gooing to flow into the nasal pasage.
hiccups are gone!!! everytime!!!"
[YEA] 07/13/2010: Louise from Kansas City, Missouri Usa replies: "I learned this trick when I was 14. I suffer from very frequent and VERY painful hiccups. I just fill my mouth with as much water as it will hold, bend completely over at the waist, and then swallow. Usually I have to do this 3 or 4 times right in a row but it always works! ! !"
[YEA] 07/14/2010: Isabelle from Garden Grove, Ca Usa replies: "Yea! Hello everybody from our wonderful earth clinic community! It seem to be that the action of swallowing while the diaphragm is compressed and not moving with our breathing stop hiccup after 2 to 5 swallows. Even when I don't have water handy , I just take a deep breath block it , bend and swallow a bit of saliva a few time without breathing and the diaphragm go back to behave normally: no more hiccup! Peace! "
[YEA] 07/14/2010: Aria from Port Huron, Mi, Us replies: "I too have been drinking water upside down for hiccups since I was 14. It works every time. . . Just remember not to breathe through your nose while bent over with water in your mouth! I have learned that from experience :)."
[YEA] 02/16/2012: Joanvirginia from South Riding, Va replies: "Wow, that was soooo easy! I had just a tiny sip of water in my mouth (I actually had a large sip before I swallowed half of it), I leaned over, while sitting, with my head between my knees and swallowed. Gone. So cool!"
[YEA] 10/05/2012: Selmalami from Newton, Ma, Usa replies: "My family have all been using a method I found here for as long as I can remember. It's a variant on the water drinking one. My sister found it after she had hiccups for almost two days!!! I've always been distrustful of hiccup cures but amazingly this one seems to work. Luckily, I've never had it as bad as my sister!! ^_^"
[YEA] 10/17/2012: Machelle from Tucson, Az replies: "I have been miserable with the hiccups for the last hour. Just tried drinking water upside down and I can't believe it worked! Thank God, I thought my chest was going to explode!"
[YEA] 10/17/2007: Anna from Waxahachie, USA: "whenever i have hiccups, i just bend over and drink water, it works every time"Replies
[YEA] 06/07/2009: Theo from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada replies: "This simple remedy really worked: I put some water in my mouth, bent over forward with my head pointed to my toes, and then swallowed. After that, my hiccups were instantly gone!"
[YEA] 07/11/2007: Smiles from Fruitland, U.S: "re: Drinking up-side-down- hiccups -- My brother taught it to me a few years ago. It has never failed me yet. Just get as much water in your mouth as you can, put your head between your knees, and swallow. Every once in a while you'll have to do it two or three times, but it usually works on your first try."Replies
[YEA] 01/20/2012: Ajeeth from Toronto, Canada replies: "This was a great help from earthlink comunity. Swallowing mouthfull of water by bending down immediately stopped my hiccups. Worked like a charm!"
[YEA] 05/18/2012: Zuely from Batavia, Ny replies: "I can't believe this actually just worked for me!"
[YEA] 12/02/2006: Luisa from Boca Raton, FL: "Drinking water upside down is the only thing that works for me. It NEVER fails. Just make sure that you bend down at the waist and put your head down, and then drink with the rim of the glass on your upper lip instead of the lower lip, just like the person before me said. I have done this for years and it is the only thing that works. When I tell people to do it they think I am crazy, but when it works they are amazed. :D"
[YEA] Christina from Silverdale, WA: "I always try holding my breath first, as that is the easiest, but if that doesn't work, I drink upside down. Bend over at the waist and take a drink of water, putting the rim of the cup on your top lip instead of the bottom one. It is important to swallow while still upside down. This has had and almost 100% success rate for me, although it gets me some strange looks :P"
Drink Water Through Paper Towel
01/03/2013: Tiffany from Asheville, Nc: "To get rid of hiccups: Place water in glass and cover lid of glass with a paper towel. Drink water in glass through the paper towel. No more hiccups."Replies
02/13/2013: Saba from Mentor, Oh replies: "Wouldn't you be ingesting all the chemicals that the paper towel is made of? Be safe. Try raising both arms up and hold it there for a minute next time."
Drink Water With Spoon in It
[YEA] 10/15/2012: Grace from London, Uk: "I have had hiccups all day and tried holding my breath, which stopped the hiccups for a while but then they came back. I also tried drinking water upside down which I found hard to do and it did not work.
Thank goodness for your website! I looked up remedies and was sceptical about the one describing drinking water with a spoon in it but I tried it, making sure to use a big tablespoon and keeping the handle next to my cheek the whole time as I chugged down a big glass of water and now my hiccups have completely disappeared!
Thanks again earthclinic community. This site is the best site for finding great home remedies."
[YEA] 10/23/2008: Jerry from Albany, New York: "Hi, Jerry from Albany Ny again..I just wrote to you about my hemorrhoids problem and hopefully you'll email me back with your suggestions. However, I just remembered a cure for Hiccups that an old time waitress gave my friend and I after we were out drinking and stopped for breakfast.
She told my friend (who was hicupping for about half-hr. that she would be right back..She came back with a "Glass" not plastic of water with a spoon in it..She told him to drink the water but you must let the spoon constantly touch your cheek..
Believe it or not, when he finished drinking the glass of water his hiccups stopped and never came back..
I thoght it was just luck, but several wks later at my sister's house she got the hiccups and I told her to do the same and she did and yep, they went away again...Fate, luck or whatever...
I would pass it on...
[YEA] 11/22/2009: Rachel from Baytown, Tx replies: "Worked like a charm! My 6yr old had hiccups so we first tried holding his breath, nothing, then tried rubbing his right ear lobe, nope, next we tried the glass with spoon and hiccups stopped immediately!! We were both pretty amazed!"
[YEA] 04/29/2013: Peter from Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff replies: "Hiccup Remedy:
Hold your breath for as long as you can whilst pinching your right ear hard all the time.
I laughed when I was told this but I tried it and wow, same reaction from everyone I tell but they try it and it's never failed yet. I recall the pinching of the ear releases chemicals, sounds nuts, try it."