Hiccups is a body’s reflex caused due to involuntary contraction of your diaphragm. Diaphragm is the muscular structure which separates your chest and abdomen.

Causes for Repeated Hiccups

  • Excess alcohol, carbonated drinks consumption and smoking.
  • Irritation of the diaphragm, Hiatus hernia and certain infections like Laryngitis, Encephalitis, etc.
  • Fast and overeating.
  • Emotional disturbance, anxiety and stress.
  • Swallowing more air during eating.
  • Tumors and any injury to brain.
  • Certain medications and after abdominal surgery.


Home Remedies for Hiccups

  • Chew a small piece of ginger.
  • During hiccup attacks, take 1-2 pinch of katuki powder (picorrhiza) mixed with honey, 3-4 times a day.
  • Take 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, add ½ tsp clarified butter and mix well. Swallow the mixture for quick relief.
  • Take a few pinches of asafoetida powder, add 1 tsp clarified butter and mix well. Swallow for quick relief.
  • Continuous hiccups can be stopped by eating a spoon of peanut butter.
  • Drink a glass of water or chew a candy.
  • Try breathing in a paper bag.
  • Hold your breath for a few seconds.


Ayurvedic Remedies for Hiccups

The following ayurvedic remedies can be taken twice daily, half an hour before food:

  • Dhanadanayanadi Kashayam
  • Chitrakadi vati
  • Dhanwantara vati  


Additional Reading

Hiccups – An Overview

To get more information and to buy ayurvedic products for relief from hiccups, please click the link below:

Dhanadanayanadi Kashayam