How to get rid of hiccups: pressure point

 

We all have had experienced hiccups in our life and know how uncomfortable and frustrating they can get. Fortunately, most of the time the hiccup will go away on its own. You probably have heard about a number of tips and method that will help you to get rid of hiccups, but are these methods really effective in stopping hiccups? In this article we will introduce you to the main causes of hiccups and different ways of stop it, especially by triggering pressure points.

 

Hiccup mechanism

What triggers hiccups?

How to get rid of hiccups beside pressure points?

How to use pressure points to stop hiccups?

When to see a doctor?

Hiccup prevention tips

 

 

Hiccup mechanism

At the bottom of your chest, there is a thick muscle called the Diaphragm, which defines the border between the chest and the abdominal space. Whenever this muscle spasms, you will have a sudden inhale and your vocal cords will snap shut, a process that causes you to hiccup or make a hiccup sound.

 

What triggers hiccups?

  • Eating fast food
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Encountering sudden changes in temperature
  • When you are anxious, stressed or excited
  • Uremia: Condition in which there is an accumulation of excessive uric acid in bloodstream.

“Sometimes prolonged hiccups can be a clinical manifestation of a heart attack”

 

How to get rid of hiccups beside pressure points?

Although there are still limited studies on their definitive effectiveness, the following methods are used frequently to get rid of non-chronic:

 

Techniques that depend on the body position and the way of breathing

A small change in the position of your body or the way you breathe may help relieve hiccups, for example:

Hold your breath:

Try to inhale a large volume of air into your lungs and hold your breath for about ten to twenty seconds, then exhale slowly. You can also pinch your nose with your hand and try to exhale while your mouth and nose are kept closed.

Breathe into a paper bag:

Place the paper bag in front of your mouth and nose and inhale and exhale into it (never use a plastic bag)

Hug your knees:

Sit in a relaxed and comfortable place and press your knees into your chest like hugging them. Stay in this position for about two minutes.

Distract yourself:

Try to distract yourself from hiccups, for example, by watching a movie, solving a table, or listening to music.

 

Techniques that depend on eating or drinking food:

  • Drink ice water.

 

How to get rid of hiccups pressure point

 

  • Suck on a piece of ice cube for a few minutes.
  • Gargle the ice water for 30 seconds.
  • Put a spoonful of honey in your mouth and let it dissolve, then swallow.
  • Put a spoonful of peanut butter in your mouth and let it dissolve, then swallow.
  • Suck on a sour lemon.
  • Eat a little sugar (pour a very small amount of sugar on the front of your tongue and swallow after ten seconds)

 

How to use pressure points to relieve hiccups?

At first, let’s see what pressure points are and how they can stop hiccups.

Pressure points

These are parts of our body that are particularly sensitive to pressure. Rubbing or pressing these points with your hand can affect the nerves going into the diaphragm which can then relieve diaphragm spasm and stop your hiccups. Here are the main pressure points that have the most impact on hiccups:

Press the diaphragm

Place your hand just below your sternum bone (or breastbone which is a long flat bone that is located exactly in the middle of our chest) and squeeze the skin.

The diaphragm is between the chest and the abdomen, and by pressing under the sternum, you are actually applying pressure to the diaphragm.

Squeeze your nose closed by hand while swallowing ice water

Close your nose by pressing both sides of your nose with two fingers while swallowing ice water. This will trigger pressure points present in our esophagus (muscular tube that connects our mouth to stomach).

Triggering pressure points on your tongue

Bite your tongue or pull out your tongue by your hand with some pressure. This will stimulate the muscles and nerves in the back of your throat.

Squeeze your palm

With your right hand thumb, press the palm of the left hand and vice versa for about one minute. Repeat it five times.

Carotid massage:

There are important carotid arteries on either side of your neck. Carotid massage may help stop hiccups, but this procedure is not recommended at all because it can cause cardiac arrest and should be done only by physicians and under medical care support.

Stimulate the back of your throat

You can slightly stimulate the back of your throat with a clean cotton swabs. This can stop coughing and hiccups by triggering a cough and gag reflex. Be careful not to use this method after eating food, because it can cause vomiting.

Tap or rub the back of your neck

 

When to see a doctor?

In the following cases, you must see a doctor:

  • If you have frequent and non-stopping hiccups.
  • If you have chronic hiccups, meaning that you have had hiccups for more than forty-eight hours.

Note that chronic and recurrent hiccups can be caused because of the following conditions:

Sometimes, if your hiccups are prolonged and there is not a problem with your general health, your doctor may prescribe the following medications according to your condition:

  • Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
  • Baclofen (Gablofen)
  • Metoclopramide (Reglan)

 

How to prevent future hiccups

By following these habits, you will get less hiccups:

  • Drink less alcohol
  • Do not overeat
  • Eat less spicy foods
  • Do not drink carbonated beverages
  • Eat slowly
  • Use techniques that are suitable for relaxation and to stay away from excitement and stress, such as yoga, meditation and deep breathing.

 

 

 

 

 

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