Ayurvedic Home Remedy For Hiccup

Hiccups can occur due to a wide variety of reasons, starting from alcohol consumption, laughing out loudly to diseases like pneumonia / meningitis. If frequent hiccups bother you from time to time and if the underlying cause is not a dreaded disease, this home remedy might help you.

home remedy for hiccup


Katuki Churna – powder of Picrorhiza kurroa – 5 grams
Honey – 1 teaspoon

Method of preparation

Whenever there is hiccup, take 1 – 2 pinches of Katuki powder.
Mix it with a little honey.
Make a semi solid paste.


1 – 2 pinches, 3 – 4 times a day, after food.

How long to use it?
It can be used for 2 – 3 days continuously.

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Mode of action

Can it really cure hiccup? How does it work?
Hiccup is a symptom of many diseases or physiological conditions. It helps to relieve hiccup by

  • improving digestion,
  • promoting liver functions,
  • promoting secretion of digestion enzymes and
  • relieving bloating.

Side effects

Any side effects?
Over-dosage may cause burning sensation in stomach.
Consult your doctor before taking up this home remedy.

Is it safe for pregnant women, lactating mother and children?
In children above 5 years of age, it can be given in a dose of one pinch once or twice a day.
It is best to avoid this in pregnant and lactating mothers.

6 comments on “Ayurvedic Home Remedy For Hiccup

  • Gaurav

    28/03/2013 - 9:39 am

    Are there any other remedies too for hiccups using herbs that are more commonly available in the house (than katuki)? For example, eating sugar helps if I’m not mistaken.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      05/04/2013 - 9:17 pm

      For daily life harmless small hiccups, there are some remedies like sipping in water slowly, having little sugar, holding breath for a few seconds etc. The above remedy is for uncontrolled hiccup, which appears even after general measures.

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  • Gaurav

    23/07/2013 - 11:40 am

    Is Katuki also called “Milk Thistle”?

    If hiccups are due to eating once a little too quickly, how long might they last?

    Are hiccups due to Vata aggravation? If so, can general herbs that reduce Vata excess and help nerves/muscles relax (like Ashwagandha) also help?

    Thank you,

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      31/07/2013 - 10:57 am

      English name of Katuki is Picrorhiza
      Milk Thistle weed is Silybum marianum.
      Both Milk Thistle and Katuki are used in liver disorders.
      Hiccup due to ingestion issues should last for only a few minutes (5 – 10)
      Hiccup is a Vata reaction at the level of oesophagus and stomach. So, all Vata mitigating herbs might not help in hiccups.

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  • Gaurav

    23/07/2013 - 11:46 am

    Also, is it true that diaphragm muscles get tight/stiff in this condition? Does it help to apply any oils on diaphragm area i.e. at bottom of rib cage?

    Thank you,

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      31/07/2013 - 10:58 am

      Hiccup as per modern terms is – synchronous diaphragmatic flutter
      As per Ayurveda, it is a case of mis-directed Vata. Applying oil in the diaphragm area should also help.

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