Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
  Jacob Teitelbaum - Stopping Pain and Fatigue
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., is director of the Practitioners Alliance Network and author of the popular free Smart Phone app “Cures A-Z,” and of many books including From Fatigued to Fantastic!, Pain Free 1-2-3, the Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! series, Real Cause, Real Cure, and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, The Dr Oz Show and Oprah & Friends. His website: www.EndFatigue.com
Tags: hiccups | vagus nerve | diaphragm

Quick Cure for Hiccups

Friday, 20 July 2018 01:44 PM EDT

A hiccup or hiccough is a contraction of the muscle separating the chest and abdomen (called the diaphragm) that repeats several times per minute.

In humans, the abrupt rush of air into the lungs causes the "hic" sound. It is caused by irritation of the vagus nerves or phrenic nerves, which serve the diaphragm muscle.

Hiccups often occur during emotional stress or after drinking carbonated drinks or alcohol. Prolonged laughter is also known to cause hiccups.

If they last less than a few days (usually less than 10-15 minutes), they are normal and the trick is to make them go away (there are 2 very effective tips, and one less recommended approach described in the Treatment section).

Hiccups that last over 48 hours can suggest an underlying medical problem that should be evaluated by a physician. While ruling out more worrisome problems, be sure the doctor also looks into your ears and removes any hairs or other matter that might be touching the eardrum, as this can also trigger hiccups or chronic coughing.

Things that stimulate the vagus or phrenic nerves "reset" them, making the hiccups go away. Distraction or a scare can also work. Here is our favorite:

The best quick remedy for hiccups is one I learned from my sister-in-law, Wendy, years ago. It has been effective in eliminating the hiccups, without fail, for me and everyone I have introduced it to. The procedure sounds a little tricky, but is actually quite simple. Here is what you do:

Drink water upside down.

Essentially you drink water upside down! How does one do that?

• Hold the far edge of a glass of water against the bottom of your upper lip.

• Bend forward and keep your upper lip touching the outer tip of the glass.

• Remaining in the forward position, pour the water from the glass slowly into your mouth so it runs over the upper palate of your mouth. Swallow most of the glass of water.

That should do it! Wait a minute and see that your hiccups are gone.

© 2023 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

A hiccup or hiccough is a contraction of the muscle separating the chest and abdomen (called the diaphragm) that repeats several times per minute.
hiccups, vagus nerve, diaphragm
Friday, 20 July 2018 01:44 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
Find Your Condition
Get Newsmax Text Alerts

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved