Hiccups – What’s that?
Hiccups is an involuntary gulp of air due to the spasm caused by the diaphragm (a dome shaped muscle located between the stomach and chest that helps in the breathing process) and respiratory organs. The sudden tightening of this muscle produces an audible noise of ‘hic’, thus named- hiccups. It never happens in singularity making it a plural word. Although the causes of hiccups are not really proved but it is believed that it can be caused due to eating or drinking too much, smoking, alcohol or chewing gums.
How to get rid of Hiccups?
There are a number of home remedies which is believed to help in stopping the tiring hiccups.
Some of them includes,
Suck a piece of lime and slowly bite the juice inside. This steady intake of Vitamin- C is believed to make the hiccups stop from happening again.
2. Inhale and Swallow
This method is considered successful in many scenarios. Inhale more air through your mouth and swallow the inhaled air without letting the inhaled air go out of the mouth. Follow this technique as many times as you can until the hiccups are stopped.
This procedure is not really a practical way to get rid of hiccups and it can also cause rise in blood pressure but it is one of the popular home remedies to get rid of hiccups. This method implies to consume half cup of sugar gradually as the sugar helps in blocking spasmodic movement of the diaphragm.
There are various routines involving cool water to stop hiccups.
• Gargling with cold water.
• Drinking a glass of water by tilting your head, downwards.
• Swallowing water or crushed ice.
Placebo is nothing but a belief that if one follows a particular method of treating hiccups, one can get rid of it. It is an illusionary belief that even though you don’t follow any of the above methods, you can just visualise yourself in doing one without slipping concentration to get rid of hiccups.
These are the popular home remedies to get rid of hiccups. But if the hiccups continue for more than a day and a half, please do consult a doctor.