Acupressure for Hiccups

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Acupressure can help stop annoying hiccups when you use a combination of the Wu Yao point, deep exhalations and gentle massage of the diaphragm area. Learn what you can do, and when to see a doctor for serious hiccups, in this free video on basic acupressure techniques.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, Acupuncture Physician and Clinical Herbalist. Today, we will be discussing acupressure for treating hiccups. Now, hiccups are kind of annoying when they come up especially when they won't go away. So, I'm going to show you an extra point called Wu Yao in the middle of the eyebrow. So, if you start on the inside at bladder 2 and run your finger out to the middle, there's a little divot right here and that is where Wu Yao is located. So, you can stimulate both of them at the same time. And then another thing that I like to do is to take deep belly breaths. So, breathing all the way into the belly and expanding the belly and then pulling the navel into the spine as you exhale. Exhaling longer than you inhale to make sure that the lungs empty completely and then letting the body, belly muscles go as you inhale to, to really use the, the mat, the abdominal muscles to facilitate the lungs. What this does is it help, helps to get the diaphragm which anatomically lies about here bellowing. And a lot of times hiccups are due to a spasm of the diaphragm. So, another thing you can do is just gently massaging in this area to try and get the diaphragm to stop spasming. A lot of times, if you calm yourself down and take deep breaths, the hiccups will stop on their own. If hiccups occur post-surgically, or they won't go away within a matter of days, it can be a sign of a serious medical condition. So, I encourage you to seek out your local acupuncture physician to get a proper diagnosis for you and stop the hiccups. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for hiccups.

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