Hiccups are a reflex
action; which means that we do not have any control over them.
Hiccups are a sudden, involuntary squeezing of the diaphragm,
the main breathing muscle under the lungs, which results in
sucking the air quickly into the lungs thereby snapping and
shutting glottis above the voice-box (larynx). This snapping
makes the sound of a hiccup. Hiccups will usually stop on their
own. Continuous hiccups lasting for more than a day or two may
indicate a cause of an underlying disease, which needs medical
Common Causes of Hiccups
·Stretching of the stomach after eating or drinking
·Sudden emotional excitement
·Sudden change of air temperature (eg. cool shower)
·Very hot/cold food or drink
·Alcohol or excess smoking
Other serious conditions may include:
·Irritation of the diaphragm by infection
·Brain infection or tumor
·Severe kidney failure
·Infections such as malaria
Home Remedies for Hiccups
1 tsp of sugar sucked on will relieve hiccups.
1/2 tsp mustard seeds mixed with 1/2 tsp pure ghee and swallowed
will stop hiccups.
Batter 5-6 green cardamom. Boil in 2 cups of water to boils down
to a cup. Filter and drink warm.