Hiccups are caused by an uprush of stomach qi to the diaphragm with characteristics of short while frequent sounds in the throat which cannot be stopped by one self. Hiccups are also called “singultus”. Through clinical observations, hiccups are often described as contingent, which is a temporary syndrome and can be self-cured. However, some syndrome occur frequently and last several days, months, or even years. In Western Medicine, simple diaphragmatic spasm pertains to hiccups. The treatment for this can be used as reference by the treatment for diaphragmatic spasm caused by other diseases such as functional disorders of the digestive system, gastritis, gastrectasis, gastric cancer, advanced cirrhosis, cerebrovascular disease, uremia and for diaphragmatic spasms to occur after gastric and intestinal surgeries.
Bl 17 Ge Shu
at the level of the depression inferior to the spinous process Th7, 1.5 cun lateral to the dorsal midline
P 6 Nei Guan
2 cun proximal to the distal wrist crease, on the connecting line between P 3 and P 7, between the palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis tendons
Bl 2 Zuan Zhu
in the depression at the medial end of the eyebrow in the incisura frontalis