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What is it?
Hiccups are repeated sharp inhalations of breath caused by involuntary spasms of the diaphragm. They are caused by irritation of the diaphragm, for example, by an overfull stomach or inflammation of the membrane around the heart. If hiccups occur frequently, see your doctor.
Involuntary spasms, repeated sharp intake of breath.
Conventional Practice:
Doctors sometime recommend inhalation of increased concentration of carbon dioxide. Cover nose and mouth with a paperbag, (not plastic one) and breathe in and out into it for a couple of minutes. A tranquilliser such as chlorpromazine may be prescribed to control the symptoms.
Alternative Treatments:
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info

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