40 Quick Tricks To Get Rid Of Hiccups


Hiccups – those annoying diaphragm spasms
brought on by a malfunction of the vagas
nerve (the same one that makes you cough)
– can be brought on by eating or drinking
too much or too fast, standing up suddenly,
sitting or laying down too quickly, getting
nervous, becoming excited, eating
something very spicy, or sometimes for no
reason at all.


Hiccups can come upon us out of the blue
and they’re not always easy to get rid of.
The methods for curing hiccups can get very
creative and not all of them work for
everyone. Others still will only work once
on an individual before they become
ineffective. So what is a hiccuping person
to do?
No matter what trick you use, the science
behind the technique remains the same. In
order to get rid of hiccups, you have to
reset the involuntary rhythm of your
spasming diaphragm. Here is a list of 40
quick tricks to stop your hiccups. It might be
wise to pin this page so you can refer back
to it when hiccups strike!
Food and Drink
The idea behind each of these techniques is
to overload your senses and distract your
body from the spasms that are causing you
to hiccup.
1. Place a teaspoon of sugar on the back of
your tongue and let it melt there. Resist
the urge to swallow until the sugar is totally
2. Suck on a slice of lemon. Not enough for
you? Try pouring a few drops of bitters on
the lemon slice first. Then suck on it.
3. Gargle with salt water.
4. Chew on a piece of licorice root .


  1. Drink a teaspoon or two of pickle juice or
    straight apple cider vinegar.
    1. Eat a teaspoon of peanut butter or some
      other type of nut butter (almond, cashew,
      hazelnut, etc.)
    2. Drink some ice cold water. For some
      people this works better if you drink slowly.
      For others it works to drink very fast.
      Beware of brain freeze!
    3. Take an antacid containing magnesium.
      More Drink Methods
      All of these tricks combine the simple act of
      drinking water with performing some
      unusual physical action in order to reset
      your breathing pattern.
    4. Tilt your head to the right or left and
      drink from the side of the glass.
    5. Lean forward, tilt the glass away from
      yourself, and drink from the back of the
    6. Cover the top of the glass with a paper
      towel and drink through it.Drop some fresh
      herbs in the glass.
    7. Concentrate on drinking the water
      without getting any of the herbs in your
    8. Drink a glass of carbonated water very
      quickly. Burp a lot. Repeat this process
      until your hiccups go away (or until you get
      tired of burping.)
    9. Place a pencil horizontally between your
      teeth and try to drink a full glass of water
      without removing it.
      Distract Your Vagas
      There are several good methods for curing
      hiccups which involve stimulating the vagas
      nerve in order to distract it and hopefully
      stop the spasms.
    10. Tickle the roof of your mouth with a
      cotton swab.
    11. Gently draw a toothpick along the roof
      of your mouth.
    12. Put your fingers in your ears and wiggle
      them around.
    13. Breath in as far as you can and hold it.
      Then stick out your tongue and tug on it.
    14. Stretch your face muscles by perform
      the Lion’s Breath yoga pose.
      Use Pressure Points
      There are six possible pressure points which
      you can activate in order to stop hiccup
      spasms. Apply gentle pressure to any of
      these areas of the body:
    15. The hollow at the base of the throat,
      between the collarbones.
    16. Below the collarbones to either side of
      the breastbone.
    17. About two inches above and an inch
      inward from the crease of your armpit.
      Pulling your arm in close to your body will
      cause a muscle to flex at this location.
    18. The small indentation about an inch or
      so from the bottom of the breastbone.
    19. At the bottom edge of the rib cage
      where the ninth rib cartilage connects to the
      eighth rib.
    20. The small hollow just behind the ear
      Breathing Exercises
      Use these tricks to alter your breathing
      pattern and force your diaphragm to stop
    21. Draw in as much air as you can, then
      breath in a little bit more. Push your
      stomach out as far as you can and hold
      your breath for about twenty seconds.
      Then breath out slowly and count
      backwards from twenty. Repeat this three
      or four times.
    22. Open your mouth as wide as you can
      and hold it that way for at least twenty
      seconds. If you need to swallow, try to do
      so without closing your mouth.
    23. Breath into a small brown paper bag.
      The increase in carbon-dioxide in your
      bloodstream can help to reset your
      breathing and stop the hiccups.
    24. Sit up straight in a chair. Breath in
      slowly and count to twenty. Then lean
      forward in the chair as you breath out. This
      will compress your diaphragm and force it
      to stop spasming.
    25. Sit on the floor with your back against a
      wall. Breath in as much as you can then
      breath out slowly. Pull your knees up and
      hug them against your chest.
    26. Stand up straight and reach with your
      hands out to either side as far as you can.
      Now breathe in slowly and count to twenty
      as you raise your arms over your head.
      Reach as high as you can then exhale
      slowly. Count backwards from twenty as
      you lower your arms back out to your
      sides. Repeat this process until your
      hiccups go away.
    27. Do some quick cardiovascular exercises
      like jumping jacks, squats, or sit-ups to alter
      your breathing pattern.
      Tricks for When You
      Have an Accomplice
      If you’re lucky enough to have help, have
      someone perform one or more of these
      techniques on you.
    28. Have someone startle you. Keep in
      mind that it has to be a good scare or this
      method won’t be as effective.
    29. Be tickled. Assuming that you’re the
      kind of person who likes being tickled, this
      can be a great method to reset your
    30. Have them bargain with you. For
      example, “Every time you hiccup, I get to
      pinch you.” The distraction should help to
      reset your diaphragm.
    31. Have someone ask you an odd
      question. This works best if they can fit the
      question into a conversation like this:
      “Hey, did you see that Angie posted pictures
      from the party on Facebook this morning?
      There’s a really good one of you making a
      walrus face with two straws stuck under
      your upper lip. Oh, by the way: What’s the
      capital of Azerbaijan?”
      Of course, the same question rarely works
      on the same person more than once. Here
      are some examples of other questions that
      are almost 100% guaranteed to throw
      someone off:
      “What is square root of 20?”
      “When was the last time you rode a white
      “Does an egret have four toes on each foot,
      or only three?”
      Sometimes distracting your mind from
      thinking about hiccups can be enough to
      stop them.
    32. Put on a favorite song and drum out the
      rhythm on the bottoms of your feet.
    33. Play the alphabet game. Pick a random
      subject and try to come up with a related
      term for every letter of the alphabet
      starting with A and working sequentially to
      Z. By the time you’ve finished, your hiccups
      should be gone.
    34. Dance around in circles and sing the
      chorus to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious a
      few times.
      If you’ve tried everything else listed here
      and you still can’t seem to stop hiccuping,
      here’s one more quick trick that might work:
    35. Read this excerpt from Wikipedia:
      “Charles Osborne (December 14, 1892 –
      May 1, 1991) hiccupped continuously for 68
      years (1922–1990). Osborne was from
      Anthon, Iowa, U.S., and he was entered in
      Guinness World Records as the man with
      the Longest Attack of Hiccups. His condition
      also led him to be a guest on the New York
      radio show Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in
      1936, ABC’s That’s Incredible! in 1980, and
      The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in
    36. He appeared in an article by Dear
      Abby, was drawn as a comic for a Bazooka
      Joe bubble gum wrapper, is listed as a trivia
      question on the iPod Touch, and was
      featured as a question in the board game
      Trivial Pursuit.
      “Osborne began hiccuping in 1922, after a
      350-pound hog collapsed on top of him
      while he was preparing to slaughter it. The
      hiccups persisted for 68 years, about one
      hic every 10 seconds. It is speculated that
      either an abdomen muscle was pulled or a
      blood vessel in the brain burst and
      destroyed the part of the brain stem that
      inhibits hiccups. Operations were attempted
      to stop the hiccups, but proved
      unsuccessful. Hormone therapy stopped
      the hiccups for 36 hours, but was stopped
      due to other health problems.
      “The hiccups stopped when he was 97.
      Osborne died of complications from ulcers
      at Marian Health Center in Sioux City, Iowa
      on May 1, 1991.”
      Try to imagine hiccuping for 68 years
      straight! Full resources can be found on the SOURCE website.

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