This is a method I created many years ago when I noticed that pranayama breathing instantly cured hiccups. It is the only cure I know of that actually works, since all the other old wives’ tales such as “hold your breath” and “drink water backwards” are useless.
I showed this method to my friend last night when she had hiccups at the pub and cured her immediately, which reminded me to share it here, too.
These are the instructions you give to someone with hiccups:
- Stand up and close your mouth.
- Begin breathing in through your nose as slowly as possible. (If they are doing it too fast, tell them to slow down.)
- When you reach the top of the breath, breathe in a little more.
- When you reach the top of that breath, breathe in a little more.
So it is one long in-breath through the nose, which goes beyond what they normally consider their full lung capacity. It is these extra little inhalations at the top of the in-breath that really stretch out the diaphragm, which removes the spasm.
If they hiccup during the process, tell them to ignore it and keep going.
The hiccups will be gone instantly in 95% of cases.
This is a good method to offer to people on a night out, including random strangers if you hear them hiccuping. Alcohol often causes hiccups and it can really ruin a night out. People are therefore very grateful to be cured and this is an easy way to make friends. One guy even bought me a drink, as he told me he had had the hiccups for three hours before I came along.
Anyway, this was just a quick one today as I didn’t finish the longer post I’m working on. Check back soon! 🙂