Hiccups are in fact uncontrollable spasms of the diaphragm which occur, for example, after drinking carbonated beverages, alcohol, fast food, sudden changes in temperature, as a result of some excitement etc.
It usually takes less than an hour and it spontaneously disappears, but everyone wants to stop it as quickly as possible. There are different methods to do so, as holding the breath, drinking water and so on. These are just some of the methods which sometimes succeed to stop hiccups.
This embarrassing situation can also be stopped by pressing certain points on the body. Read about which these points and choose the method that suits you best.
- The first point of pressure is on the face
Find this point between the upper lip and the nose. In some people it is more, and in some it is less pronounced, but not everyone can find it. Press the center of that point and push in the direction of the teeth. This should take 20 to 30 seconds.
- The second point is the chest
Locate the sternum, it is long and narrow, and connects the ribs. When you find it, follow it with the fingers down until you find the end. Press its final part, and the pressure shall be towards the back. However, be careful not to press too hard. Press 20 to 30 seconds.
- The third point is the abdomen
Using the fingers, follow the line between the navel and the pubic bone, in the middle of the abdomen. The point of pressure is in the middle of the line. Press this point with your fingers in the direction of the spine and hold 20 to 30 seconds.
- The fourth point is on your hand
Make a fist and you will see two prominent tendons on the inside of the forearm. On your arm, close to the wrist, you will see a dent. The point of pressure is on about two widths of a thumb to the elbow, between the tendons. Hold this point for 20 to 30 seconds.