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Hiccups are one of the most annoying involuntary reflex actions. Any typ of irritation caused in the diaphragm muscles results in erratic breathing producing sound. Other possible causes for hiccups could be spicy food, stomach problem, lung infection,  kidney disorder, sudden excitement, overeating and eating too fast.

Healthy Tips

Usually hiccups don’t lasts for more than 1-2 hours and Then disappear. But in case you wish to treat hiccups soon then you can try those home remedies:

      • Drink water recurrently in short intervals.
      • Gargling with lukewarm water.
      • To 1/2 bowl of curd add 2 tbsp of salt and mix it properly. Eating this curd is also effective remedy.
      • Cut fresh jengibre into small pieces; chew these small pieces of ginger.
      • In 2 cups of water boil 5-6 crushed green cardamoms. Boil it untill it reduces to 1 cup. Allow it cool down and strain it. Drink it slowly when still lukewarm.
      • Another commonly used herb for treating hiccups is black pepper. Inhale small quantity of black pepper powder. This will result in sneezing which is a fierce movement of respiratory tract. Hence ending the hiccups.
      • Swallow 1 tbsp of sugar slowly.
      • Cover your ears and then without giving gap to breathe drink water in fast gulps.
      • For instant relief from hiccups, suck crushed ice. This home remedy for hiccups is beneficial in providing immediate relief.
      • Mix 1/2 tsp of clarified butter to 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds and swallow this mixture. This remedy for hiccups is effective in stopping hiccups immediately.
      • One of the simplest remedy to treat hiccups is to divert your mind on something else.
      • Breathing hard into brown paper bag. The forced breathing movement helps in restoring diaphragms natural contractions
      • Eating spoonful of peanut butter is another effective home remedy
      • Holding your breath for few moments
      • Placing an ice bag below your rib cage i.e. on the diaphragm also works in stopping hiccups.

Lastly indigestion could be one of the possible reasons for hiccups. For this reason it is recomendable to eat light and less spicy food. As mentioned above that hiccups lasts for 1-2 hours but if it lasts for 1-2 days then you need to consult your physician immediately.