Hiccup is a normal physiological phenomenon, and those who experience hiccups often feel chest discomfort and irritation. To alleviate this condition, Shopdepre will share with you techniques for massage and acupressure to treat hiccups.
Causes of Hiccup
There are various causes, including: rapid distension of the stomach that leads to short hiccups; sudden temperature changes, stress also trigger hiccups; after chest or abdominal surgery, irritation of the phrenic nerve and vagus nerve can also cause hiccups.
Massage and Acupressure Techniques to Relieve Hiccup
Massage and acupressure for treating hiccups are simple yet highly effective methods that can be applied to most cases of hiccups. However, for cases of hiccups caused by underlying medical conditions, a different approach may be necessary. It’s best for the patient to still consult a doctor to identify the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.
Zhong Wan Acupoint
The Zhong Wan acupoint is usually located between the upper lip and nose. Press this acupoint with gentle force directed towards the teeth for 20 – 30 seconds.
Tian Zhu Acupoint
The Tian Zhu acupoint is situated in the depression just above the edge of the shoulder blade. To perform the massage and acupressure, use your fingertip to press this acupoint with moderate force for a few seconds.
If not effective, you can proceed to the He Gu acupoint located in the webbing between the index finger and thumb on the palm. When you pinch the index finger and thumb together, a raised muscle lump will appear. The highest point of this muscle lump is the He Gu acupoint.
Tou Wei Acupoint
The Tou Wei acupoint is located in the indentation at the beginning of the eyebrow. Simply press and massage this acupoint gently or firmly for 3 – 5 minutes to make the hiccups disappear.
Nei Guan Acupoint
The Nei Guan acupoint is located in the middle of the wrist crease, about 3 fingers’ width above where the thumb, index, and middle fingers meet.
Zhong Fu Acupoint
The Zhong Fu acupoint is situated in the middle of the second crease of the finger joint, also known as the “hiccups” acupoint. Press this acupoint until you feel numbness, tension, and soreness, and the hiccups stop before releasing.