Below is a collection of all the hiccup cures I've heard of. The cures are grouped by type, and the groups are ordered from simplest to most complicated requiring water, food, drugs or assistants. My own unusual hiccup Often, when I finish eating, I hiccup one or two times. It doesn't matter how much I eat, or when; sometime, when I get up in the middle of the night for a drink of water, I hiccup afterwards. It's sort of like my esophagus saying "we're done now.
Which hiccup remedies really work?
What Causes Hiccups? (for Kids) - KidsHealth
Wonder where these funny noises are coming from? The part to blame is your diaphragm say: DIE-uh-fram. This is a dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of your chest, and all hiccups start here. The diaphragm almost always works perfectly. When you inhale, it pulls down to help pull air into the lungs. When you exhale, the diaphragm relaxes and air flows out of the lungs back out through the nose and mouth. But sometimes the diaphragm becomes irritated.
Hiccups and cancer
From holding your breath to far stranger and ruder tricks — how can you get rid of hiccups yourself and why do these methods work? Claudia Hammond investigates. With so many different remedies to choose from, the question is: which are supported by scientific evidence?
The cause of hiccups depends on whom you ask. The ancient Greek physician Galen thought hiccups were violent emotions erupting from the body, while others thought they were a sign of liver inflammation. Today, evidence points to spasms in the diaphragm , the large muscle between the chest and abdomen that aids airflow during breathing. This involuntary contraction can be brought on by a number of things that might irritate the nerves that control the movement of the muscle. A full stomach, heavy boozing , rapid shifts in temperature either inside or outside of the stomach, and certain emotions like shock or excitement are all common culprits.