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The cause and function of hiccups has baffled medical practitioners since the time of Hippocrates. Although no one has figured out the exact science behind these “abrupt diaphragmatic contractions,”
The diaphragm almost always works perfectly. When you inhale, it pulls down to help pull air into the lungs. When you exhale, it pushes up to help push air out of the lungs. But sometimes the diaphragm becomes irritated. When this happens, it pulls down in a jerky way, which makes you suck air into your throat suddenly. When the air rushing in hits your voice box, you’re left with a big hiccup.
Some things that irritate the diaphragm are eating too quickly or too much, an irritation in the stomach or the throat, or feeling nervous or excited. Almost all cases of the hiccups last only a few minutes. Some cases of the hiccups can last for days or weeks, but this is very unusual, and it’s usually a sign of another medical problem.
Ayurvedic Treatment: The ash of peacock feather is considered to be the best therapy for the condition .it is given in a dose of 0.125gm. four to six times a day ,mixed with honey, eladi bati, which contains cardaman as an important ingredient, is popularly given for the treatment of this condition .it is given with honey to be sucked in a dose of one tablet four to six times a day.
Ayurvedic Suppliments:1. Mayur Chandrika Bhasma 2.Eladi Bati
Diet: Kulatta is considered very important herb for the treatment of this ailment. The Juice ,the soup or the dal preparation of this can be given to the patients. Old rice, patola ,tender radish, lemon, goatâ€™s milk and garlic can also be given .fatty food, heavy and cold food and masha are contra-indicated in this condition.
Lifestyle: The patient should be given psycho-therapy if the hiccup is produced as a result of psychoneurotic conditions. The patient should be given rest and he should not express the natural urges in any form.
Yoga : 1.The Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) 2. Basic Breathing (Pranayama)
Let me jot down some very common home remedies which might help some one :-
1.If you get hiccup during eating…. drink little fresh coldwater and stop eating for a minute till it stops.
2.If drinking cold water doesnot help to stop…..swallow one tsp. white table sugar,dry and repeat this, if necessary, up to 3 times at 2-minutes intervals.
3.If this doesnot help ……swallow a gulf of plain boiled rice or eat a piece of dry plain brade slowly.
4.Keep your spine straight, take a deep breath through nose,hold it for few second and exhale through mouth… do this 2 to three times.
5.Keep your spine straight,close eyes and count slowly from 10 to one.
6.Gargle with water.
7.Put sugar under your tongue and suck slowly.
8.Hold your breath for sometime or pinch your nose closely.
Keep in mind that hiccups can be caused by eating too fast or talking too much during eating and subsequently swallowing a lot of air or drinking too much alcohol or sometimes eating something like hot chili or papper etc.
If your hiccup is not gone withen 24 hours, you must consult a medical practitioner.