Hiccup Remedies

Drink Water Through Paper Towel

Posted by Tiffany (Asheville, Nc) on 01/03/2013

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.

Replied by Saba
Mentor, Oh

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

Posted by Grace (London, Uk) on 10/15/2012
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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.

Posted by Jerry (Albany, New York) on 10/23/2008
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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...

Replied by Rachel
Baytown, Tx
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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!

Replied by Peter
Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff
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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.

Drink Water Without Breathing

Posted by Dion246 (Central, Sc) on 10/18/2011
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While holding your breath, take a drink of any beverage. Soda or sweet tea works great, but I don't think it matters about the beverage. Usually one sip is all it takes.

Posted by C (PDL) on 02/11/2007
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The remedy I have used for 20 years: Drink 10 swallows of water straight without breathing. Works every time.

Replied by Javagenie
Central, Vermont

This is by far the most affective way to get rid of hiccups. I tell my friends to do this all the time. It has never failed. They are always amazed at how well it works. However, I tell them to take individual sips for as long as they can hold their breath... but at least a minimum of 10 sips of water. Swallow each time.... don't guzzle it. I've been able to stop my own hiccups without water by just holding my breath and swallowing.

Another good thing to add into the remedy is staring. I tell them to concentrate on a single spot in front of them and don't take their eyes off of it. You have to try it... all of the other remedies work sometimes. This one works everytime!


Posted by Shurtygee (Hutchinson,kansas) on 12/08/2013
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I had hiccups for 4 days an orange or a few grapes would stop them for a few hours. So I starting eating 4 or five grapes as soon as the hiccups would start again after 2 days of eating grapes they stopped. I have been eating a few grapes and an orange most every day for two weeks and they have not come back, I don't want to go through that again, couldn't sleep, had really bad heartburn and was getting sore from strong hiccups.

by the way I tried drinking water upside down, holding breath while drinking etc. Hiccups never even slowed.Hope no one else goes thru hiccups that bad , but if you do I hope this helps.

Posted by Peggy (Maple-Ridge, BC , Canada) on 11/01/2007
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Hiccups, Whenever I get a case of the hiccups I usually eat grapes! Red, green, black. It works! Just eat three or four grapes, its gotta be something in the skins!

Holding the Breath Technique

Posted by Teacheroftheyear (Pennsylvania, US) on 11/05/2014
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Contracted a seemingly intractable case of hiccups lasting a few minutes until I tried this remedy. Took a few breaths at first, but didn't hold the final one long enough. Tried the method again, two deep breaths and exhales followed by another deep breath; hold while the diaphragm is inflated. Hold breath until you cannot hold any longer.

A+ Remedy for a quick dispensing of the hiccups.

Posted by Nina (Sofia, Bulgaria) on 12/27/2009
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holding breath, pinching the nose and swallowing and breathing in more and swallowing again a few times.

Worked 1st time.

Posted by Theo (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) on 11/20/2009
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I've discovered this also works for hiccups:

1. Sit down on ground.
2. Put your head between your knees.
3. Hold breath for as long as you can.

Posted by Chelsie (Nashville, TN) on 05/08/2008
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I hate the hiccups and upon getting them this afternoon, I quickly looked up this technique on EC.com --I am quite relieved to say, yes, it worked!!

Posted by Jess (PA) on 11/07/2006
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Take three deep breaths, and then on the third breath, hold it as long as you can. I was told this by my anatomy teacher who says hiccups are nothing but your diaphragm having a spasm. So taking three deep breaths and holding the last one stretches your diaphragm, and therefore stops the hiccups. I have tried this many times, and it does work instantly.

Replied by Rachel
Bronx, NY
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Hello, I wanted to add that the 2+1 BREATH method for hiccups which requires you to take three deep breaths, and then on the third breath, hold it as long as you can, as described by Jess works. I had the hiccups and the above method cured them immediately. Thanks again earth clinic (and Jess)!

Replied by Nicole
New York, Ny
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Wow this really does work I just tried this and my hiccups were gone instantly. Just make sure you're not sucking in your stomach otherwise you won't be breathing through with your diaphragm.

Replied by Jopa
Paradise, California
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My girlfriends son has had chronic hiccups since before birth. He gets them at least once a week. Often a bout of laughter triggering an episode. This helped immediately.

Replied by Kj
Virginia, USA
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I had to respond and agree with this post! I tried this, and after having the hiccups 5 times today, they were gone instantly - if only I knew this trick earlier haha! Thanks so much!!

Replied by Sandy
Eastern Shore, Virginia
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Right before my very eyes this stopped my husband's torturous hiccups instantly! (2+1 breathe and hold) This is his second round of cisplatin. First time he had a few hiccups everyday and they went away. Last night he had them for well over an hour to no avail. Thank you so very much.

Replied by Brigitte
Winterhaven, Fl
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I tried this 3 times and it didnt work.

Posted by Nestor (Sydney, Australia) on 05/25/2006
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i don't usually have hiccups but when it does it really bothers me because it last for so many hours and even days. i tried so many remedies like holding my breath for as long as i can, but it didn't work, so i searched the net and this is what i found that cured my hiccups....take a deep breath using your mouth until your lung is full.. DO NOT BREATH (PINCH YOUR NOSE SO THAT NO AIR CAN ESCAPE) swallow, or pretend that you are swallowing something, inhale more air through your mouth while holding your breath, swallow, inhale then swallow..by this time you might be turning pale...release your breath through your nose.....it worked for me and i hope it will for you...if it does please let me know.

Posted by Vinny (Atlanta, GA) on 04/25/2006
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Hi, Ever since when I was a little kid, I had heard many things but only one worked for me. I hold my breath for about 6 secs (if you hiccup while holding your breath start over) and continue doing this for about 4-5 times and it should be gone. Good Luck.

Homeopathic Remedy Cuprum Metallicum

Posted by Purplebutterfly (Usa) on 03/02/2017
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I'd like to post this please. It's long, but very important.

For many years now I've had intractable hiccups (99%) nocturnal and (1% daytime). I don't know where else to turn. Now, this is not the typical hiccups so peanut butter and sugar (which is a poison) will not help.

It occurs on and off, meaning that it may happen for several months and then all of a sudden nothing for 1 day to 2 weeks.

I've checked for potential food allergies - nothing!

For years I was on a plant based only diet (as a lifestyle) until recently I started eating sardines. I do not eat fast foods or processed meals. All of my meals are made at home.

I take my omegas, vitamin D, trace minerals, and aminos daily. I exercise 2-3 times a week.

I need to know if anyone else here is experiencing this or has found a resolution to this problem.

Here's more info according to a hiccup article on naturalnews.com.

Complications of Intractable Hiccups:
(1) Cardiac arrhythmias: Liver chi stagnation disrupts the wind energy causing Cardiac arrhythmia (a wind disorder of heart). If you treat the liver chi stagnation, the arrhythmia will be cured.
(2) Gastro esophageal reflux: due to stomach chi rebelling upwards.

Now I do not want to take muscle relaxants or antidepressants which some places suggest.

However, I did find a temporary solution which turned out to still be temporary because I've been taking it for years - but no cure. It's called "Cuprum Metallicum" which is a homeopathic remedy.

Once I take it, sometimes I can drift right back to sleep. About 30% of the time it's not so easy.

It feels like I'm having an attack if I ignore it and try to keep on sleeping.

Does anyone here have this issue? It's not your typical hiccup.