I was talking to some friends over the weekend, and one of them made a comment about gagging. He said that he read or watched that clenching your thumb with your other fingers (making a tight fist with your thumb in the middle) stops your gag reflex. So, naturally, as a bunch of stupid teenagers, all 7 of us proceed to do this while shoving our fingers down our throats as far as possible. None of us had a gag reflex.

Why does this work? it seems totally random and weird.

  • $\begingroup$ It might work because it distracts you. When you have a gastroscopy (stomach investigation) in hospital, the nurses try to make you focus on other parts of your body ("try to relax your legs"). It helps. $\endgroup$ – RHA Jun 30 '16 at 6:14
  • $\begingroup$ OK, that's what I thought at first too. Just tried it while looking at my leg, and that also worked. Can you add that as an answer with some some source so I can mark it answered? $\endgroup$ – XaNaX Jun 30 '16 at 20:40
  • $\begingroup$ is this relatable to jendrassiks? $\endgroup$ – Polisetty Sep 13 '16 at 18:36

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