Hiccups can be really annoying. Literally. They can cause some people to even experience nausea or vomiting. They are caused by spasms in the diaphragm that can happen after drinking carbonated beverages, eating fast food, drinking alcohol, or even sudden changes in temperature.
According to the Mayo Clinic, each contraction of a hiccup is followed by a fast and complete closure of the vocal cords, which causes your voice to make a “hic” sound. A burst of air goes into the lungs before the epiglottis closes, which traps the air in.
Hiccups often last less than an hour and slowly become weaker before disappearing. Some common methods used to try to quickly get rid of hiccups are drinking water, holding your breath, and eating a tablespoon of sugar. It has also been recommended to breathe into a paper bag. I’ve not tried these but acupressure works for me every time, even when I perform them on others.
8 Acupressure Points To Stop Hiccups Instantly
Here are some other methods that can help to quickly get rid of hiccups. With the simple touch of a pressure point, hiccups can be relieved quickly and effectively. You don’t have to press all of them when trying to stop a hiccup, but try them all and pick any one that works for you!
1. Face Point
Simply place your finger on your philtrum, which is the area between the top of your lip and the base of your nose. Press this spot firmly and push in towards your teeth. Hold this pressure for about 30 seconds before releasing it. This works for me all the time, and especially helpful to apply on babies who tend to hiccup a lot.
2. Chest Point
Locate your sternum, which is the bone in the middle of your chest that connects your ribs together. Place your fingers on your sternum and walk your fingers up until you find its ending point. Apply pressure to this bone for under thirty seconds. This does not need to be strong pressure, just enough so you are about to feel it.
3. Below Collarbone (A)
In the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone. Apply pressure on either side for 10 seconds or until hiccup is gone. Also relieves chest congestion, asthma, coughing and anxiety.
4. Outer Chest (B)
On the outer part of your chest, two inches above the crease of your armpit and one inch inward. Apply firm pressure for about 20-30 seconds or until hiccup is gone. Also relieves coughing and breathing difficulties.
5. Below Breastbone (C)
Locate your sternum (breastbone)—the long narrow bone that connects your left and right ribs. Trace the bone down to its tip where you can feel a hollow. Apply firm pressure using your fingertip just below the bone. Hold for 20-30 seconds or until hiccup is gone.
6. Pinky Finger
Take the hand of the person having hiccups, squeeze hard on the surface of the fingernail of the pinky finger for ten seconds or until the hiccup stops.
7. Hand Point
Make a fist to reveal two vessels located on the inner forearm. There is a dent in the skin that is located closer to the wrist. The pressure point is located between these two vessels, which is about 3 fingers in length towards the elbow. Hold this point for about 30 seconds. This pressure point is also used to relieve nausea, so if you have accompanying nausea, this is a great point to start.
8. Abdomen Point
Find your belly button and your pubic bone. In the middle of these two spots, there is a pressure point that can be pushed to relieve hiccups. It is located in the center of this line. This is also where you may push for the Heimlich Maneuver. Press this spot in for about 20-30 seconds while lying flat on your back for optimal effect.