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Originally posted July 6 2004 at 00:07 under General. 15 Comments. Trackbacks Disabled.

Hic-Up Cure

Everyone gets hic-ups from time to time. And everyone knows the traditional cure is a shock, or holding one’s breath. And everyone knows those things don’t tend to work. Well, I have a cure. Drink one tea-spoon full of vinegar. I used to think this worked only on me (and my mother, she was the one who told me it originally. She “read it in a book”. Though she has an email address she doesn’t have a URL, so I can’t link). But it works on Rachel too, so maybe it does work in general. So I thought I’d share it with the world (yeh, like anyone’s reading this obscure blog). Try it next time you have hic-ups..and are near some vinegar of course.

Comments (15):


I can’t believe it. The stupid vinegar worked. Thank you and I’ll tell everyone.

Made by Shawn Moench on Aug 18, 2005 at 00:24


I’ve just tried the vinegar cure after trying 1. holding my breath and 2. drinking water upside down, neither of which worked.

The vinegar cure however cured it instantly and now all I’m left with is smelly breath and a burning throat.

Worth it though !!

Bethpoos xx

Made by Beth Cave on Jan 7, 2006 at 19:37


Yep, the one problem with this cure is it’s not the most pleasant thing. I tend to take a spoon full of sugar immediately afterwards (I’ve seen the cure suggested as taking both at once!), which at least helps with the taste. Having a glass of water to hand is probably also a good idea—you can always drink it from the wrong side of the glass whilst upside down for added effect :-)

Made by Ian Scott on Jan 7, 2006 at 19:58


I’d like to say I have good news, but it didn’t work for me. I even tried two teaspoons of that nasty-nasty stuff, nevertheless, I hiccup still. If it works for you though, keep it up. Maybe I have a tape worm.

Made by Moe on Sep 11, 2006 at 21:43


So, based on these on these completely unrepresentative statistics it seems to work on about 83% of people :-)

If symptoms persist, consult a doctor or try breathing into a paper bag or BOOO, or call the world records people if you’ve been going a really long time.

Made by Ian Scott on Sep 11, 2006 at 21:55


More cures (one of which sounds pretty nice)

Made by Ian Scott on Feb 17, 2007 at 14:06


And yet another suggestion

Made by Ian Scott on Mar 25, 2007 at 22:56


Thank you for this golden rule. It works instantly for me!

Made by ling on Apr 13, 2007 at 11:59


Saying the word “cucumber” once cures my hic-ups and it work’s for my friends when I told them to try it.

Made by Jeremy Williams on Nov 26, 2007 at 15:33


As I seem to be collecting cures here for some reason, yet anothher suggestion: Drinking warm water. Not convinced myself (surely the water is going to pass pretty much straight down to the stomach with little interaction with the diaphram so the explanation sounds bunkem) but you never know.

Made by Ian Scott on Apr 27, 2008 at 19:02


OMG i have been hic-uping for over 24 hours, it’s been driving me crazy. for the hell of it I said “cucumber” like Jeremy suggested and it worked! Didn’t even get to the vinegar.. I’m still in pain though.


Made by Alain on May 21, 2008 at 18:55


I’ll be damed, today August 4th 2008 it worked in seconds!
Wow, taste not that bad

Made by mark on Aug 4, 2008 at 07:34


I have had hick ups for 3 days and have tried several remedies, singing, water updide down, deep breaths, spoon full of sugar and nothing has worked any one have other suggestions,

Made by Chris on Aug 20, 2008 at 20:25


Well, if you read the original post, and comments, then yes, there are more “cures”.

Made by Ian Scott on Aug 23, 2008 at 21:20


I had the hic-ups all evening. One tablespoon of malt vinegar and instantly cured.

Made by Chris A on Oct 24, 2009 at 03:16

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