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I Can Stop Hiccuping At Will (& you can too) with the Quinxy Method

When I was about 12 I taught myself to stop hiccuping at will.  And it's worked ever since.  No glasses of water needed, no paper bags, no need for a friend to scare me, I simply tell myself to stop, and I do, instantly, before the next hiccup has a chance to come.  And one of my big goals before I die is to pass the secret along to someone else, this could be my legacy.  Want to learn?  It's really easy.

The key is learning to control your diaphragm.  And here's how I did it.  Next time you hiccup, instead of breathing normally, effortlessly, breathe with all the involved (and related) muscles in your chest and abdomen rigid. Breathe slow, medium-deep breaths, but as you breathe in and out have all the muscles tense such that you are tightly controlling the in and out of your breath.  Think of it like lifting a barbell.  Lifting a bar bell up and down is pretty easy when you do it quickly, the true exercise comes from lifting the weight and lowering it very slowly, letting the muscles actively control the fineness of the motion.  And, as you are doing this very rigid controlled breathing, also try to focus on so control your breathing (and thus your diaphragm) that it doesn't have the chance to spasm.  With a little practice your hiccups will go away.  But wait, that's not all!  By doing this a few times you will likely develop the same ability I have, the ability to stop the hiccup without doing anything but telling yourself to stop, no modification of breath or anything.  Somehow the practice of controlling the diaphragm though this sort of breathing taught me how to directly stop hiccups.

Twenty years later the story is the same, I will start to hiccup  like anyone else, and the moment I realize I am hiccuping I tell myself to stop and I do (before the next hiccup).  It has never failed.

So, to review!

Instructions for Learning to Control Your Hiccups with the Quinxy Method

  • Breathe slowly
  • Tighten all the muscles in your chest/abdomen such that you are controlling your in and out breath with your entire chest
  • Breathe in all the way, and out all the way.
  • Focus on trying to so tightly control your breathing that there is no opportunity for the diaphragm to spasm
  • Do the above until you stop hiccuping

And please, when you do learn, tell me so I know my legacy is secure, and that I can abandon all efforts to otherwise be a contributing member of society.

Learn more about stopping your hiccups at my new site, StopHiccupingNow!

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  1. That’s cool. I attempted what you where explaining; something like clenching my esophagus, while inhaling/exhaling a few times, and my hiccups immedeately stopped. First try.

    This reminds me of my recently deceased friend who had convinced himself that everything, Everthing was merely an instantiation of will/desire/perception. He had also learned to stop his hiccups at will, but concluded that it was merely is decision to stop which ceased the spasm. I had tried unsuccessfully to simply tell myself to stop for a few years. Out of curiously I Google’d “hiccup at will” which brought me to this page. After reading your post I attempted your method and ceased my hiccups instantaneously. I have nothing to say but, interesting.

  2. Could you teach me how to induce hiccups, so that I can test your method to stop them?

  3. That’s the rub. I’ve had no luck teaching anyone because people hiccup so rarely, it hardly seems worth it for them to learn, nor do they remember to bother with my method when the time comes. Ah well…

    Speaking only for myself, I’ve noticed that after my first sip of a carbonated beverage I often hiccup. It seems more likely with Sprite or 7-Up, but I could be mistaken about that. I only hiccup one time, but that likely it’s only once because I automatically stop myself. Find your own hiccup trigger and then perhaps you can be my first disciple. 😉

  4. Ive never looked anything like this up before but about 6 months ago i randomly thought to myself after hicuping (DONT HICCUP) and without breathing differently as such it stopped. I assumed it was a fluke but every time i get the hiccups since then i rarely let more than 1 or 2 out before i remember i can stop them and by the time i realise this they stop, my girlfriend laughed at me but i was quite happy i no longer have to put up with them and since then shes strangely met someone else since then who also recently learnt to do exactly what i did!

  5. It seems lots of people have this ability. I have also been able to voluntarily stop hiccups since my youth, but I use a different approach. I concentrate on relaxing the back of my throat and upper esophagus region. I try to visualize this region and will it to relax. I perform slow steady normal breathing while doing this. By concentrating for just 15 to 20 seconds I can always stop my hiccups. This probably helps quiet any stimulation of the phrenic nerve as it passes through this region.

  6. I stop my own hiccups too. I take shallow breaths and concentrate on not having them. think they are a state of mind.

  7. Really, the diaphragm is a muscle that most people are able to mentally control. However the first few triggers of a hiccup come unexpectedly (its a body reflex). Some people are able to focus on the hiccups to make them go away, as someone else mentioned in a comment. However some people need to distract themselves from the hiccup (hence chug a glass of water, put a spoonfull of sugar in your mouth), these things only stop you from focusing on the reflex. The brain is a tricky thing, and each persons works a little differnt. Great read however!

  8. i thought i was the only one who knew how to control my hiccups at will lol

  9. So how did you learn? What did you do?

  10. I also can do this and largely follow your steps (or technique) but I had never been able to explain them to anyone, it is such a weird thing. I’ve done this for a long time, since I’m a teenager. I need to sit quiet though and to concentrate on my respiration and it will stop after a few hiccups. I’m not at the stage where I just tell myself to stop and it will.

    Don’t ask me how I found out that this worked on me (I think it can work on anyone) but whilst my other half gets really stressed when he starts with hiccups that can last *hours* I can get rid of it easily. I will bookmark this page so he can read your explanation!

  11. I’m very glad to hear you can do it too! Do tell me if your boyfriend learns to do it! We must teach the world! All the false remedies people spread, scare this, paper bag that, when we’ve got the real answer! People must be told!

  12. This is exactly what I taught myself to do, just at at a slightly later age, by about a year. I knew I could do it, I just couldn’t explain what was happening, so my family and friends all thought I was doing some kind of magic.
    Now that I think about it, this is exactly what was going on. I guarantee this method works- every time. Maybe now I can spread the word!

  13. Great to see this post!
    I was looking for other people who are able to stop breathing just by will and glad this is on.
    It seems that we use similar methods, they serve the same purpose, but on a different perspective.
    Instead on focusing on the muscles, I focus on the hiccup thought and not let it through.
    Well, I guess it sounds strange.
    The same purpose is by keeping the focus and intention on stopping it yourself, controlling your own body. So, glad to hear you and the other people here managed too!

  14. I’m also able to stop hiccups with 1 or 2. I now find myself irritated if it gets beyond that. I internally yell at myself, almost like scolding a dog, when I get 3 or 4 hiccups.

  15. Since I was 10 I have been working to control what are normally involuntary responses or muscles, and I was able to teach myself to wiggle my ears, control my heartbeat to a large extent, pop my ears (or repressurize them even!) at will, but I could never quite control hiccups until I found this page, so thank you!

    I knew this must be another controllable action since one of my friends has been able to do this for a few years, so when I was hiccuping one day I checked the web to see if others with the ability had managed to explain a method for achieving this, and I stumbled across this page, followed the instructions, and now I’m glad to say I can add it to my list! Thank you!!

  16. I can stop hiccuping at will by just thinking to myself ‘stop hiccuping’ once, I don’t need to do any fancy stuff like thinking about my throat or something like that.

  17. I learned to do this about 10 years ago. I occasionally wondered if anyone else could do it.

    I use the same basic technique, but I visualize the muscles around my lungs down to my diaphragm and focus on controlling all of it to breathe slowly.

    thank you for writing it up! I can show this to my girlfriend!

  18. Anonjo, Yes, I do that, too. I was explaining how I got myself to the point that I can stop at will, by just realizing I am hiccuping.

  19. I have been able to stop my hiccups when I was really young too! except I didnt need to use any breathing techniques or anything. At first I just concentrated on being calm and clearing my head. After a little practise I can now stop them without even having to think about it. Just as subconsciously and effortly as You would flick away a fly. Its so weird!!

  20. I was able to stop hiccups at a young age as well, I hated it as a kid. I as simple as it sounds just decided to stop hiccuping. The most I’ll do is 2, I don’t know of something I trigger subconsciously or what…but never will I get more than 2 hiccups in a row. My wife thought I was crazy when I told her…we’ve been married 13 years. And to this day she has yet to see me hiccup more than twice. It’s weird…I tell friends that I am around when they start to hiccup that it’s all in their head and it can go away if you want it to….but so far no permanent help.

  21. Richard, your story is very much my own. I assume, in my own case at least (though perhaps yours as well), that it requires being conscious of the hiccuping in order to stop. And by conscious I only mean some small part of us notices we are hiccuping and then stops. I say that because if I hiccup once and notice it (usually the case) I hiccup only the one time. If I hiccup once, but don’t really pay attention, then hiccup again and notice it, I stop and have hiccuped only twice. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to three since I learned how to stop myself, since hiccups are pretty hard to not notice. Anyway, that’s my theory, that some element of conscious awareness is required to stop.

    And I can definitely relate to you about the mild frustration or at least puzzlement that people around you don’t seem to take the advice. My girlfriend gets very annoyed when she starts hiccuping and goes on and on for minutes, but does she actually try to train herself with my method so she can stop? Nope. As they say, you can lead a horse to water but can’t make them drink.

  22. I personally just imagine in my mind he exact feeling I have after just having hiccuped instead of the feeling of anticipating another hiccup coming and I can essentially stop the next one from coming by fooling my brain into thinking it just did. After fooling it for a minute or so it breaks he cycle and I’m cured.

  23. I was just googling this because I can also stop hiccuping. I was just wondering if anyone else could also. I don’t know how I do it, I don’t change my breathing that I know of. I can just stop.

  24. Just stumbled on this after my friend called me odd when I stopped my hiccups in the office today 🙂 I googled it in a bid to prove I can’t be the only person in the world who can do this and found this article! 🙂 I do exactly the same: control my breathing, breathe in and out hard and deliberately and concentrate. It won’t work if I can’t concentrate properly. Never fails when done right 🙂 I have tried to explain this to people before but it never seems to work for them.

  25. I too amaze friends and family by allowing hiccups to continue or stopping them at any time. no special breathing or effort required. I even tell them to ask me to stop any time i hiccup and poof they are gone. The hiccups have a trigger nerve or muscle at the base of your throat, just above your chest plate that gets tense or aggravated. All I do is concentrate for a split second on that nerve* and relax it and once i feel it relax i know the hiccups are over. The hard part for you is to be able to isolate that tense nerve and relax it. I assume the breathing instructions given here somehow perform this task in a roundabout manner.
    remember the trigger is not the diaphragm, the diaphragm is the reaction to the trigger nerve.
    I am definitely no doctor, but for getting rid of hiccups, i am The Master!

  26. I’m not alone? I never met anyone that can do this as well. For me ever since my youth hiccups are a thing of the past.

  27. Truly we are all brothers and sisters in the art of hiccup stopping. Welcome, friends!

  28. I’ve been able to stop my hiccups for many years. My x insisted that it was was never me who was actually controlling it, but just coincidental. Typical of the relationship I suppose. Anywhoo, yes, I always knew it was in fact possible to do.

    I once scared a terrible case of hiccups out of a boyfriend by telling him I was pregnant.

  29. I discovered I could do this years ago also. At first I had to close my eyes and concentrate really hard on my breathing and think “I’m not going to hiccup anymore”. Eventually I got better and better at and now I just have to stop for a moment and think about it and they go away almost instantly.

  30. Wow there are others out there who can do it too! I have been able to stop my hiccups since I was a teenager. I understood they were a spasm of the diaphragm, so controlled my breathing and it works everytime. No one believes me of course, and if I try to explain the technique to someone it never works for them! I find that if I don’t breathe all the way in, and don’t breathe all the way out, it works. But I suppose that what I’m actually doing at that point of concentration could be tensing of all the muscles, or relaxing of the trigger in my throat, both of those explanations sit well with me!

  31. I did it
    Before than tri d the search about controlling breath can stop hiccups

  32. Worked. And I’m hammed.

  33. Hey!!! This is crazy I’ve looked it up before with no luck. I was about 12 or 13 too. I remember because I was bored and looking through my old kid books. One picture book had “Y stands for yawn”. Immediately, I felt the urge to yawn. I was like “wait this is all my brain…”. So later I tried applying the same concept with hiccuping! I’m a singer so I tried to feel how I could control my diaphragm. After some practice I had it down! It got a lot easier. I used to only be able to stop it after the first or second hiccup, but now it’s immediate just by the thought.

    Best feeling ever knowing you don’t have to deal with hiccups anymore!

  34. Wow! I thought I was just plain weird (I really am lol). I have also been able to do this since I was about 12. I don’t change my breathing, or anything else about my body. I just focus on telling myself “No more hiccups”. I only ever get a maximum of 3 hiccups. I’ve always questioned how and why I can do this. Also a few years back, I taught myself not to sneeze. I can feel a sneeze begin to build up, and I tell myself “I’m not going to sneeze”, and it works. I know we’re supposed to sneeze, so I just let myself sneeze. But all the while, knowing I can stop them.

  35. It definitely feels good to not be alone. My girl thinks I’m so full of it that I can control my hiccups. I used to be susceptible to them like everyone else but ever since roughly 7 years ago, I’ve learned to control that impulse, nerve, or whatever you call it. No different breathing or anything. Just communicating with my body.

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