Nothing but time stops the hiccups according to a five-year study by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, led by Dr. Tyler Cymet. Dr. Cymet found out that nothing necessarily helped the hiccups stop and the only constant in his experiment was that the hiccups eventually just ended on their own.
However, one psychologist by the name of Duane Hurst managed to cure a patient’s chronic hiccups through Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback, which measures your heart rate and instructs the patient to reach a “rest and digest” state through deep breathing. This is why peanut butter is revered as a “hiccup cure.” When your mouth is stuck shut, you end up breathing deeply through your nose, causing an instant “rest and digest” state in your body.
What actually is reason for starting the hiccups?
Hiccups can happen for many different reasons. Anything from eating too quickly, to chewing gum, even a sudden change in temperature can make your diaphragm tighten up. Your diaphragm will contract, causing you to breathe in air very quickly, which then makes your glottis (the opening between your vocal chords) close up. This action is the main reason behind that cute hiccup sound we all know and love. So, there is a believe that suggest that this entire process can be stopped just by thinking about it.
So, what should we do to stop it?
It may sound a bit weird but this is working by sending calming thoughts to your diaphragm — the muscle right underneath your lungs, responsible for inhalation and inspiration. It’s also right in the area of your solar plexus (for all you yogis out there). So, focus on that muscle and picture it calming down. Do it with closed eyes, and try. It worked for me.
No more than 10 seconds later, I opened my eyes, and low and behold — no more hiccups. Honestly, I laughed, it seems like a “pretty good party trick’”. I was floored! I always knew that our minds were powerful, but now I had actual proof.
Try this trick the next time you have a fit of hiccups. If we can stop hiccups with thought alone, just imagine of what else we can do with the power of our minds.
Let us know how it worked and what other tricks you use!