Health > Hiccups
A common condition which involves short, involuntary intakes of breath.
Hiccups (involuntary spasms of the diaphragm) are usually a minor annoyance and last only for a short time. They can affect anyone, and most pregnant women will tell you that they have even felt their unborn child hiccup in the womb.
It is caused by an irritation of the nerves of the diaphragm usually because they have been irritated by indigestion, carbonated drinks or eating too quickly, not chewing the food and swallowing properly.
Most cases of hiccups will usually only last for a very short time. However there are numerous remedies for this condition.
Convention medicine is not needed terribly often, but if a case of hiccups fails to stop after a day, a visit to your Doctor may be a good idea to rule out disease-related causes.
Herbal Therapies - To stop the hiccups, herbalists recommend warm chamomile (Matricaria recutita) tea, which is said to act as an antispasmodic agent. Another remedy that may bring relief is a tea combining 1/2 tsp of tinctures of peppermint (Mentha piperita) and boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) with a few drops of cayenne (Capsicum frutescens) and the juice of a quarter lemon in 1 cup hot water.
Homoeopathy - Spasming of the diaphragm may be eased by Ignatia, Cuprum metallicum, or Nax vomica. You will need professional help to ensure that you get the right medication in the right doses.
Aromatherapy - Try using tangerine massaged into the abdomen. Dilute the oil in a carrier oil. (see our section on aromatherapy).
Most doctors believe that high blood levels of carbon dioxide inhibit hiccups, while low levels will aggravate them. Here are some other remidies that may or may not work for you.