Q. I have seen some of your articles on curing hiccups and noted my favorite remedy was not mentioned. Just swallow a teaspoon of granulated sugar dry. I learned in med school that this works by stimulating the vagus nerve through reflex irritation of the palate.
A. We wrote about this remedy in our first book, The People’s Pharmacy, in 1976. It was reported in The New England Journal of Medicine (Dec. 23, 1971), and we have been recommending it ever since. It is a simple approach that is usually effective.
When this remedy fails, there are many others. We discuss quite a range in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies, and others are described at www.peoplespharmacy.com.