The 30-Second Hiccup Cure

Note:  This one and only 30-Second Hiccup Cure was initially posted to this website in November of 2004.  The above post date of this article reflects when it was added back after a major update to this website.

I have added this page to my site with hopes that it will help someone.  I cannot guarantee it will help everyone, but don’t take my word for it!  At the bottom of this page will be testimonials from others (we just had a major site overhaul) and you can also see 11,212 other testimonial comments from our previous comment system on the Testimonials Archive page (it is a huge page so please be patient while it loads).

This information is absolutely free of charge but we can also take a small PayPal donation if you’re so inclined.

In a hurry?  Click here to skip my introductory rambling & disclaimer and get right to the cure!

Introductory rambling

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. However, I believe I have found a cure for hiccups that takes only 30 seconds and requires no extra “props”.  I initially discovered this around 1994, and I’ve been using it successfully ever since.  In late 2004 I decided to post it on the Internet.  I do not know how or why this works, and if by chance you might be a doctor or have other knowledge of why this works, please let me know.

I have seen many “cures” for hiccups…. drinking a glass of water, having someone “scare” you (get real), breathing into a paper bag, etc.  If anything, many of these cures seem like cures because eventually the hiccups go away.  To me, that isn’t a cure…. it is something to do until the hiccups go away!  And some of these cures sound ridiculous, if not impossible to do (ever try standing on your head while drinking a glass of water?!?).  The cure I use is easy to do and the results are immediate.  All it takes is 30 seconds to try it, and you don’t need any “props”, such as paper bags, water, etc.  You can do it anytime, anywhere.  You have nothing to lose but your hiccups!  And I even offer a click-back guarantee.  If my cure doesn’t work for you, click your browser’s Back button and go back to your search page.  🙂


Before I actually get to the cure, I should say that although I see no harm in doing this, persons with abnormally low lung capacity, lung/breathing problems, or other medical conditions might want to consult a doctor first.  Not that I expect anything bad to happen, but don’t blame me if it does!  I have also received a couple emails from worried people with extremely bad cases of hiccups.  While I still see no harm in trying my cure, if you get hiccups very violently or very often, you really should see a doctor.  I’ve never heard of anyone dying from hiccups, so I wouldn’t get too worked up about it, but if you get hiccups so bad that you can’t breathe or they are seriously disrupting your life, you should see a doctor.  While they probably won’t have much else to offer for a cure, they may be able to help find the cause.  There are many different causes (some unknown), but some I have heard of are certain medications, certain types of foods, stress, alcohol, and drinking or eating too fast.
Having gotten the disclaimer out of the way, here we go:

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The 30-Second Hiccup Cure

A tip before you begin to help with your success: For overall best results, try to do the steps as quickly as you reasonably can and try very hard not to let any air out. If you are not literally struggling to swallow by the end then you are probably not doing it right.

Step 1: Start by quickly inhaling through your mouth until your lungs feel full (when it feels like you cannot inhale any more – your lungs will basically stop taking in air).

Step 2: Swallow.  You are not really swallowing anything but it seems that without this act, it doesn’t work.  Do not let any air out.

Step 3: Now inhale some more until your lungs feel full again.  You may not be able to inhale a lot, but do get some more air in.  It will start to get difficult to do this as you go, but keep trying.  You obviously can’t suck in as much air as you did initially, but just a little will do (think of it as taking a “sip” of air but directly into your lungs).

Step 4: Swallow again.  This too will start to get difficult as you go.  Do not let any air out.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 (inhale and swallow) until you cannot swallow again.  While it seems you can almost always suck in just a little more air, it is actually the swallowing that gets to be impossible.  When you feel like you cannot swallow again, swallow again anyway.  It will be hard to do, your face will probably turn red, and you may make squeaking sounds.  But you CAN swallow one last time.  By this time, your lungs should also be quite full and it should be difficult to get much more air in as well.  While you should try not to let any air out, if you have really repeated steps 3 and 4 as many times as you can, you probably will end up letting a little air out before you can take that last swallow.  If you find that air keeps escaping out of your nose even early in the process, try squeezing it shut with your fingers.

Step 6: Exhale.

If done correctly, the whole process should take around 30 seconds, and your hiccups will be gone.  This has never failed me, and from the testimonials I’ve received throughout the years, it seems to work for many other people.  I believe that for those that it does not work for, they are not repeating steps 3 and 4 as many times as they can.  When you think you cannot possibly swallow again, try to do it anyway; same goes for inhaling.  It also seems that not letting any air out during the process is important.  If you hiccup while trying to do this, try not to exhale after the hiccup (the hiccup will force more air IN, working with you).  If you do let air out, it is best to start over from step 1.  It has also been reported by one visitor of this site that it seemed to work better standing (particularly as opposed to laying down), but I have done it successfully both standing and sitting down.  Your experience may vary.

I have been doing this many years, and it always works for me.  This is similar to another cure I have heard, which is to hold your breath.  That alone has never worked for me.  Somehow I got the idea to add swallowing to it, and the result was success.  An interesting side-effect is that (for me at least) for around 15 or 20 seconds after doing this, you feel like you want to hiccup, but it never happens.  I am not sure if this is because you expect to hiccup again or what, but the nice thing is the hiccups do not return.

If you have tried this and it does not work, I suggest repeating steps 3 and 4 at least one more time than you were able to originally.  And of course, while it does seem to work for almost everyone I have told, it is possible that it will not work for everybody.  Although I personally feel that the problem is not the method, but rather the execution of it; of course I am a bit biased.

If you have tried this and it DID work for you, great!  I would love to hear about it too, so submit a testimonial and let me know.  I will add it to the testimonials below just as soon as I can.

Some of those who have written suggested that I find a way to charge for this “cure”.  Before adding my cure to the internet, I had a look around at some of the other ”cures” available.  Believe it or not, I came across one that actually did require you to pay before receiving the cure – which may not even work!  I will not charge any money for my cure, although I will take PayPal Donations if you feel so inclined.  Donations are welcome of course but are not required.

Finally, thanks for reading this page.  I do hope it helps you get rid of those hiccups!  If you did not have any luck, I wish you the best in your search to cure your hiccups.

If you’ve found this hiccup cure helpful and would like to donate, we can accept a PayPal donation.  To do so, please click here.  You may also submit a testimonial by leaving a comment below if you’d like to share your success story.

The Guinness World Record for the longest continuous bout of hiccups is held by Charles Osborne from Anthon, Iowa. The hiccups started in 1922 at a rate of 40 times per minute, slowing to 20 times per minute, and eventually stopping in 1990.  68 years of hiccups!

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