Tips to cure hiccups instantly


hiccupsYou must have experienced hiccups at almost every stage of your life.  I have experienced hiccups several times and especially after having spicy foods.  I remember an incident when I went to Jammu, a hilly city in India during my business trip. I was having dinner with my managers and I started hiccupping.  In most cases hiccups go away on their own, but that day it became difficult for me to control my hiccups and I continued to hiccup for 10 minutes.  Managers suggested me the best known hiccup remedies, I applied all remedies within that 10 minutes and then got relief. It is difficult to say which remedy worked for me.  But that meeting became very nostalgic; we named it “Hiccup meeting”. We didn’t discuss anything except hiccups.


Now you might have understood my source of inspiration for writing about hiccups.  A hiccup is a reflex you have no control over and can be hard to stop and at times embarrassing. That being said, the interesting fact about hiccups is that unlike other reflexes (i.e. sneezing, coughing, etc.), a hiccup does not appear to have a useful purpose.


What hiccups are basically?

Hiccups involve the involuntary contraction which is known as spasm of the diaphragm — the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen and plays an important role in breathing.  The phrenic nerve, which controls the diaphragm, is directly responsible for these spasms.  Each contraction is followed by a sudden closure of your vocal cords, which produces the characteristic “hic” sound.




What causes hiccups?

The most common triggers for hiccups includeeating


  • Eating too much food too quickly.
  • Drinking too much alcohol or carbonated beverages.
  • Swallowing too much air.
  • Smoking.
  • A sudden change in stomach temperature, such as drinking a hot beverage and then a cold beverage.
  • Emotional stress or excitement.  

How can I control my hiccups?

style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Although there is no surefire way to stop hiccups, if you have a bout of hiccups that lasts longer than a few minutes, the following home remedies may provide relief:


plug-ear-with-fingerChange the pressure in your sinuses: By plugging up your ear canal, you are increasing the pressure your sinuses. This could force the muscle spasm that caused the hiccup to relax.

  • Plug up one ear with your finger
  • Plug both ears and drink a glass of water 

Stimulate your throat: The nerves at the back of your throat may trigger the muscle spasm causing your hiccups. By distracting those nerves with something else, you may be able to stop the hiccups. swallow-ice-water


  • Sip ice water
  • Gargle
  • Swallow some sugar
  • Bite on a lemon 

breath-into-paper-bagCheck your breathing: The idea is to interrupt the hiccup cycle by stopping the flow of oxygen for a short time.

  • Draw your knees to your chest and wrap your arms around them and squeeze
  • Hold your breath
  • Sneeze
  • Cough
  • Breathe into a paper bag 

Every culture has their own little myths and in India it is said that if you are having hiccups then, somebody is remembering you.  Man can walk on the moon and create computers the size of a fingernail, but curing hiccups still remains a mystery. Although doctors have tried everything from drugs to hypnosis, these old fashioned home remedies really work.


Healthy Hiccupping!



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53 Responses

  1. Shamim Ansari says:

    Good and helpful Ideas to cure hiccups

  2. scientists through out the world have discovered many secrets of nature . In the past 100 years discoveries are are going at he exponential rates , but scientists never claimed that every thing has been discovered , Let us hope that treatment of hiccups would be found without any side effects in the near future ,Please do not equate hiccups with Appolo 11 mission to moon .

  3. Rajesh says:

    Please take a tablet named FREE-D to get relief of hiccups. After suffering from hiccups from more then 5 hours I got this tablet from a chemist and finally I get rid of hiccups.

  4. Rahul says:

    I tried the first step and it worked thanks

  5. Raza says:

    “Swallow some sugar” really works for me… I was having hiccups from last half an hour.. Thanks a lot..

  6. h prasad says:

    i was “suffering” from hiccups for over a day.
    i tried many tricks as searched in internet like water, breathing, lemon,vinegar etc. but there was no improvement.
    finally following worked-
    1. paper bag trick.(breathing in a paper bag kept at nose/mouth for some time)
    2. laying in bed face downwards. now crawl down to floor using hand till half body(head to stomach) out of bed. only legs are on bed and remaining on floor using bended hands. keep in this position for some time till hiccups are gone.

    i tried both in continuation so i am not sure which worked, but combination worked for me.

  7. Puneet says:

    Thanks your article is very helpful, I had hichups since half hr just searched in Google and and put my finger in ear while reading your article as soon as the article completed I realize my hiccups was gone. Thanks Again! :)

  8. Nirbhay Maheshwary says:

    If someone is having hiccups and you want to help that person out… there is a sure shot way of doing it which I have tried for so many years and has never failed. I done know how and why it works, but it does..

    tell that person something which is very shocking.. like :o hell…. what have you done to your hair???? there is chewing gum sticking all over”… or something like that…

    the idea is to get the person thinking something else very seriously.. and behold… the hiccups would stop!!

  9. Swapnil says:

    One of the best option is to have plain Soda or thumbs up is a good option

  10. karan says:

    sugar works ,thanks

  11. PALAK says:

    My husband hv a hiccup for 2days cont..but thanks to 1st ramedies finger in tbe ear.. it’s really work. thanks..

  12. Prashant says:

    Thanks for ur idea’s to hiccups.i got quick relief from same thnks alot

  13. Sadiq Ali says:

    My colleague was having frequent hiccups for the last 2 days. I searched for a solution to this problem on Google and found your article. I asked him to plugs his both ears with his fingers for some times which he did. Surprisingly, his hiccups stopped after a few minutes. Alhumdulillah!

  14. Dear All

    I am suffering from hichki from last 8 to 10 days we try some medicine for reputed doctors but failed if any body any idea pl. send comments i am very much thankful

  15. Abhishek says:

    The second trick worked for me other wise I was not able to control my hiccups from last half an hour thanks for useful information. ..

  16. ankur says:

    good ideas ,

    ear block really worked for me , i was having hiccups from 2 days , thanks

  17. subodh says:

    pluging the both ear by finger for 2 to 3 minut..really superb stops the hiccups..

  18. good advice and tips…u outta add there that when someone scares u or startles u suddenly u also stop hiccuping

  19. shafiq says:

    thanks very much Mr Raheel Gupta

    it realy works,, ur tips r outstandig and i got reliaf

  20. Kavita says:

    Thanks u v much .
    Sip ice water works for my lovely brother . <3
    your tips are outstanding.

  21. robin says:

    thanks.. i was sufferd from morning nd nw i use ur idea… its working nd also eat some sugar for best result!!

  22. nitish says:

    First tips it’s really work i like it thanks for that

  23. Shahbaz Akram says:

    Fill a glass of water and hold it near your mouth. Wait for hiccup to come and just before hiccuping start to have your glass of water in a single go i.e without breathing.
    It really works to stop hiccuping..

  24. atul says:

    Hey…Hie Rupali Gupta,

    Thanks a lof sharing such useful ideas regarding hiccups.

    I just tried 1st one and I got releaf.

    God bless you…


  25. atul says:

    Hey…Hie Rupali,

    Thanks a lot sharing such useful ideas regarding hiccups.

    I just tried 1st one and I got releaf.

    God bless you…


  26. Sanjay Tikoo says:

    First trick really worked for me …Thanks.. :-) ..

  27. Sanjay Tikoo says:

    First trick was awesome.. it really worked for me …Thanks.. :-) ..

  28. dev says:

    Ooh my goodness,plugging finger in ear worked for me,suffering from last five hours or so..tried all but now its OK…thanks a lot boss

  29. Shraddha says:

    Thnx a alot, Plugging finger in both ears is really works.
    Have a very nice Day.

  30. yuv says:

    This really works i tried it

  31. Johar Ali says:

    I was suffering from hiccups from last 3 days. I tried so many medicines but not succeed.
    I checked below methods & finally i stopped Hiccups.

    1. Block your ears with fingers & drink plenty of water by starw.

    Johar Ali

  32. sunil says:

    I sallow some sugar and it helped me.


  33. sneha says:

    Thanks for your tips.
    I was suffering from near about 2 hours .tried everything bt was nt working fr me..just tried your 1st tip.i put my fingers in both ear and got a biggg relief thanksss a lottt

  34. sneha says:

    Thanks for your tips.
    I was suffering from near about 2 hours .tried everything bt was nt working fr me..just tried your 1st tip.i put my fingers in both ear and got a biggg relief thanksss a lotttt

  35. Gaurav says:

    Change the pressure in your sinuses : this procedure really works for me thanks Rupali

  36. SHIRISH says:

    pluging the both ear by finger for 2 to 3 minut..really superb stops the hiccups.. really be patience it really works…

  37. Kamal says:

    U’ll find it crazy bt I ws reading ur article n by just reading ur article my hiccuping stopped. Its strange n funny… ;) :D
    Thanks for the article….

  38. mayur garg says:

    Lol you guys hiccups can be stop just by diverting your mind on something else ;)

  39. Anunay says:

    Thanks to finger in the ear method.
    My hidccups stopped in just five seconds

  40. Anunay says:

    Thanks to finger in the ear method.
    My hidccups stopped

  41. Neeraj says:

    Awesome trik ….

    My brother in-law was having this since 2 days … too much tired of this.
    First he had sugar than closed his ears and drink cold water using straw…

    Amazingly that worked immediately !!!!

  42. tushar says:

    If you are patient of nose operation. So, ur nose is not able to breathe so, u have to breathe through mouth only, then SUGAR is only solution,that work for my bro. He suffered from morning that causing him pain in head and chest. Now got relieved.

  43. Abdul says:

    Last 6 hrs i was had cont. Hiccups and my parents were worried and asking me to rush hospital. Then i read ur aricle and plugged my ears by finger for only 1 minutes. Magic hiccups stoped.Thanks

  44. Amit Malyan says:

    i took a long breathe and hold all the air inside as much time as i could hold, this method worked for me for stopping hiccups that was disturbing me for last three days

  45. nitish says:

    Hi , i tried one of them and it worked…awesome….thanks for sharing these valuable cures.

  46. faiz fayaz says:

    Alhamdullillah ! Nice tips. I got relief by putting finger in both ear.

  47. Ud says:

    I am suffering from hiccups,from 2 days and 2′nd trick really worked for me.
    thank a lot

  48. Satish Rajput says:

    Its really work.

  49. vishal says:

    thanks for suggestions the first one realy works

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