Hiccups can be painful and annoying; sometimes it even causes people to experience vomiting and nausea. Hiccups are caused by spasms in the diaphragm. This can happen after drinking alcohol, drinking carbonated beverages, eating fast food, and sudden changes in temperature. Mayo Clinic says that after a contraction of a hiccup, there is a fast and complete closure of the vocal cords – this causes your voice to make a “hic” sound.
Luckily, with a simple touch of a pressure point, you can quickly get rid of hiccups.
1. Face Point
Press on your philtrum firmly and push towards your teeth. Make sure you hold the pressure for about 30 seconds. A philtrum is the area between the base on your nose and the top of your lip.
2. Chest Point
The bone in the middle of the chest that connect the ribs together is called a sternum. Place your fingers on it and walk them up until you find the ending point of the sternum. Apply pressure on it for less than 30 seconds. The pressure doesn’t have to be strong – the sternum is fragile and shouldn’t be pressed too firmly.
3. Abdomen Point
Between your pubic bone and the belly button is a pressure point that can relieve hiccups. It’s right in the center of the line. Press it for 30 seconds and make sure you are lying on your back for optimal effects..
4. Hand Point
There are two vessels located on the inner forearm. To reveal them make a fist. Located closer to the wrist is a dent in the skin -a pressure point between the two vessels. Hold it for 30 seconds to relieve nausea as well.