Hiccups Cure

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:

  1. Stand up and close your mouth.
  2. Begin breathing in through your nose as slowly as possible. (If they are doing it too fast, tell them to slow down.)
  3. When you reach the top of the breath, breathe in a little more.
  4. 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! 🙂

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8 Responses

  1. Kevin says:

    I just drink water while counting to 10 and it usually goes away success rate 98%.

  2. Axel says:

    Nice one. I’ve always just relaxed the diaphragm rather than stretch it. But I had to squat (this pushes the diaphragm down and locks it so it’s similar to stretching it), get on all fours to let go of the stomach and so on. And this just takes care of all that. Anyway if it doesn’t work for someone doing it while sitting or at least bending forward would probably help. My experince has always been that you have to relax.

    I have always assumed (based on what I felt only) the diaphragm “jumped” due to an air bubble below/near it so it couldn’t fall on its position. So I have no idea how the drinking water works except that it stops you diaphragm completely while you are drinking, maybe?

    • Illuminatus says:

      I assume that hiccups can start in a number of ways, but when they persist it is then a “signalling” issue. So, some nerve impulses have gone out of synchronization.

      Assuming this is correct, my method therefore works by sending a slow, steady “in” signal, overriding anything else that is going on all the way to completion. It’s a bit like a pacemaker for a heart.

      I would assume drinking water works by “freezing” the breathing circuit and closing the epiglottis. So, drinking for 10 seconds takes the whole breathing system offline so it can “reboot”. Counting would consume the left brain so it couldn’t get involved, while the right brain corrected things behind the scenes.

      I prefer my method as it requires no props. 🙂

  3. Gary says:

    Holding the breath for two minutes works for me 100% of the time.

    • Illuminatus says:

      My method works all the time within 10 seconds for me. The 95% refers to drunkards on nights out, some of whom don’t want to be cured.

  4. psarosiek says:

    Illuminatus, thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

  5. I’ve had two episodes of hiccups since reading this (both due to eating spicy food) and it worked within ten seconds. Thanks, Edd!

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