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Hiccups

What is Hiccups

A common condition which involves short, involuntary intakes of breath.

What are the Symptoms of Hiccups

Repeated, involuntary short 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.

What are the Causes of Hiccups

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.

Traditional Medical Treatments for Hiccups

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.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Hiccups

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. 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 Nux vomica. You will need professional help to ensure that you get the right medication in the right doses. Spasming of the diaphragm may be eased by Ignatia, Cuprum metallicum, or Nux 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). Try using tangerine massaged into the abdomen. Dilute the oil in a carrier oil. (see our section on aromatherapy).

Treatments for Hiccups

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