December 20, 2022 · 5:50 AM
I’ve written beforehand about how Paul Ingraham helped remedy my patello-femoral ache syndrome.
Extra just lately, Paul seemed into hiccup cures as a result of his father had an intractable case. What lastly labored for dad? Respiratory right into a plastic bag.
Boosting blood CO2 (hypercapnia) by inhaling a PLASTIC bag. This one is sort of believable and is simple and protected to attempt. Hypercapnia positively impacts some sorts of hiccups. The story (from a sensible supply, an excellent “buddy of PainSci”): “There’s a fair simpler method out of hiccups — at zero price. Discovered it from my uncle, who studied medication in Brazil within the 50s. Anesthetized sufferers with hiccups had been in ache, in order that they wanted to eliminate it ASAP. Methodology: breathe in a PLASTIC bag, sufficiently small so that you can get hypercapnia (get increased blood ranges of CO2). It’s a must to maintain the bag REALLY tight round your nostril and mouth to stop air from escaping, and you probably have bother with dizziness, it is advisable to take a seat down for it. As quickly because it will get uncomfortable, largely after 4-6 breaths, you may cease, the hiccup will likely be gone. I do not know what this does to the phrenic nerve, nevertheless it works 100%.”
Security Notes: Clearly there may very well be some hazard with this methodology. If he’d had low O2 or was struggling for breath, we seemingly would not have dared. (Alternatively, if he’d been in that state, he would’ve been on the hospital.) However he was supervised, with no risk of getting caught, and a matter of just a few breaths. Maybe there was nonetheless some danger… however I feel not treating these hiccups was additionally a danger.
I’ve by no means tried that methodology for my hiccups. My private favourite dwelling treatment is “consuming from the far aspect of the glass.” AKA, consuming water the other way up. Watch this video of an excellent ol’ boy demonstrating the approach though I might intention for consuming not less than 6-8 fl oz of water earlier than quitting. Do not ask me the way it works; it might have one thing to do with the taste bud or diaphragm.
Steve Parker, M.D