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27 January 2013

Home remedies: What is the treatment for hiccup हिचकी...?


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Hiccup is a sudden, involuntary contraction (spasm) of the muscles of diaphragm (throat). The sound of hiccup is produced by the contractions of muscles and snap-shutting of vocal cords. Hiccups are usually temporary and minor exasperations. But prolonged hiccups might be indications of some medical problem. 

Treatment: The problem of hiccups is usually resolved all by itself after a short period of time. Medical treatment is only required if hiccups last more than three hours or more.

Grandma’s home remedy  Hiccups can be treated simply with a pinch of black salt (काला नमक) dropped on the tongue and letting it dissolve all by itself. In absence of black salt a teaspoonful of sugar would also help. 
हिचकी से छुटकारा पाने के लिए एक चुटकी काला नमक जीभ पर रखें और अपने-आप मुंह में घुलने दें. हिचकी बंद हो जाएगी. 

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Black salt (काला नमक): It is a salty and pungent-smelling mineral salt used in South Asia in foods and traditional medicines. Black salt is composed of sodium chloride with several impurities like Sulfur that give color and smell to it. The raw black salt is obtained from mines in Northern India and Pakistan in certain locations of the Himalayas salt-ranges. They are also harvested from the salt-lakes of Sambhar and Didwana in Rajasthan, India. 

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