September 30, 2001 12:20 PM   Subscribe

Headache and hiccup remedies form Health 911. Do you have a remedy? Got a new one at work last night..
posted by bjgeiger (11 comments total)
rub a cold cut lime over your forehead and temples. It may not work, but feels good.
posted by bjgeiger at 12:21 PM on September 30, 2001

Get a bottle of peppermint oil from health food store. Strong stuff. Rub (dab) some on the site where the pain seems to be. Works fast and better than pills.
posted by Postroad at 1:35 PM on September 30, 2001

Hiccup cure for adults---
Get a deep-tongue long-as-you-can-before-you-need-air kiss from your best-beloved (hey! works for me & I used to get awful hiccups that went on forever!)

Hiccup cures for little kids, depending on how well you know them---
1) jingle a set of keys next to the kid's ear, or
2) grasp the child's nose gently between your teeth & hold on till the kid stops hiccupping
I've seen both these work & I've then worked them on kids myself. I think in either case the distraction or the surprise is enough to interrupt the hiccup pattern.

...Come to think of it, maybe that's why the kiss works on me. Ricky said, after he pioneered the kiss cure, "Well, whoever heard of anybody hiccupping while being kissed?"

For the kid cures, it's best to do a verbal build-up. "Well, gee, my granddad showed me the very best hiccup cure. It always worked on me when I had awful hiccups. I don't know if it'll work on your hiccups but I'm willing to try if you are...." or (for nose-biting) "You really want to get rid of those hiccups? This is tricky but it works." For adult cure, best to grab and kiss...
In either case, be sure you know your audience before you attempt that miracle cure .
posted by realjanetkagan at 6:17 PM on September 30, 2001

My favorite method, which they named in the article as well, is holding my breath for a really long time. It almost always works.
posted by sean17 at 6:34 PM on September 30, 2001

It may not work, but feels good.

The essence of intelligent medicine.

Next step: do not waste lime and apply an enormous Margarita to the afflicted throat.

The throat may not seem afflicted, but it is.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:47 PM on September 30, 2001

Hiccup cure that ALWAYS works....

Exhale through your mouth SLOWLY until your lungs are totally empty.

Inhale through your nose (with mouth closed) SLOWLY until you can't inhale any more air.

You may have to repeat a few times.

It works every time for me.
posted by BarneyFifesBullet at 8:58 PM on September 30, 2001

Barney, I didn't want to encourage your line of medicine but it does work. The secret is airlessness; true, gasping, let-me-out airlessness.

Hiccups live on oxygen. Carbon monoxide poisons them dead.

There are two infallible cures for hiccups: drowning and vomiting.

First try drowning. It's more dangerous but less disgusting. Put a plastic bag over your head and remove it only when you're on the verge of kicking the bucket. You must actually feel your chest cave in from the lack of air.

If you are too wuzzy for virtual drowning simply put your fingers down your throat and throw up. The hiccups will come out with the usual carrot rings and suspicious flakes of never-eaten tropical papayas.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:07 PM on September 30, 2001

A headache remedy that's always worked for me is to pinch that bundle of flesh between your thumb and index finger between the thumb and bent index finger of the other hand, squeeze and hold for a while, then switch. Better still if someone else does it for you. The technique was taught to me by a migraine-afflicted ex. Not quite Fioronal, but for mild headaches, it always seems to do the trick, for me at least.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:27 PM on September 30, 2001

My eighth grade science teacher used to kick kids out of the rooom when they got the hiccups. She let them in a few minutes later.

Then she asked "Do you know why I sent you outside?"

Bewildered (and peeved) student: "No"

Teacher: "Do you still have the hiccups?"

She scared them out of us. Worked wonders.
posted by chiheisen at 12:59 AM on October 1, 2001

I used to work for an acupuncturist, who learned this at a pediatric acupuncture seminar, but it works on adults too: To cure hiccups, pinch the first-knuckle fold of your right middle finger on the side where it touches your index finger. Press there with your fingernail or the end of a paper clip. Hold and take five or six deep, natural breaths. I have not seen this fail. It works also when one is intoxicated, which is handy.
posted by jennyjenny at 7:19 AM on October 1, 2001

My own no-fail hiccup cure: a butter knife in a tall glass of water. Drink the entire glass of water non-stop with handle of the butter knife against your forehead. For explanation I usually mumble something about the forced interruption of the hiccup pattern and the opening & relaxing of the chest as you tip the glass way, way back... but all I really know is it works for me.
posted by Tubes at 9:57 AM on October 1, 2001

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