December 20, 2022 · 5:50 AM
I’ve written beforehand about how Paul Ingraham helped treatment my patello-femoral ache syndrome.
Extra just lately, Paul appeared into hiccup cures as a result of his father had an intractable case. What lastly labored for dad? Respiration right into a plastic bag.
Boosting blood CO2 (hypercapnia) by inhaling a PLASTIC bag. This one is kind of believable and is straightforward and secure to strive. Hypercapnia undoubtedly impacts some sorts of hiccups. The story (from a wise supply, an excellent “good friend of PainSci”): “There’s an excellent simpler method out of hiccups — at zero value. Realized it from my uncle, who studied drugs in Brazil within the 50s. Anesthetized sufferers with hiccups have been in ache, in order that they wanted to do away with 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 can 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 probably would not have dared. (However, 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 threat… however I feel not treating these hiccups was additionally a threat.
I’ve by no means tried that methodology for my hiccups. My private favourite dwelling treatment is “ingesting from the far aspect of the glass.” AKA, ingesting water the other way up. Watch this video of an excellent ol’ boy demonstrating the approach though I might intention for ingesting no less than 6-8 fl oz of water earlier than quitting. Do not ask me the way it works; it could have one thing to do with the taste bud or diaphragm.
Steve Parker, M.D