Tics refers to the sudden involutory twitches or movements that some people experience repeatedly. However, tics are not restricted just to the involuntary movements of the muscles. It can also cause uncontrollable sounds that differ largely from the person's normal gestures. Natural treatments for tics and Tourette's using alternative ayurvedic herbs can provide a significant relief from these involutory movements.
Another characteristic symptom related to the tics or “involuntary” movements is that though the patient to some extent can suppress the movements, the suppression often results in more discomfort. Hence, the only way to obtain relief from this symptom is to allow the tics to continue.
Each person is affected differently by tics. They either suffer from the motor (physical) tics or vocal tics. However, in some cases, both motor and vocal tics can take place in the same individual and often, at the same time. These symptoms can have an adverse effect on the patient’s life as it lowers their confidence due to the problems created during social interactions.
However, regular ayurvedic treatments can provide a significant relief from the recurring episodes of tics and improve the quality of patient’s life.
People with motor tics might display a series of uncontrollable movements. For example, they may repeatedly clench their fists, raise their eyebrows, shrug their shoulders or flare their nostrils. Tics tend to intensify under stress. It involves a continuous involuntary movement with no rhythmic pattern.
On the other hand, people with vocal tics may repeatedly make grunting or moaning sounds, clear their throat or click their tongue. Experienced Ayurveda doctors can make the right assessments and then can prescribe ayurvedic remedies to control these abnormal movements.
Based on the severity, the age group and the type of occurrence, tics can be categorized into the following three types:
Transient tic disorder is common in children and may last for a minimum of one month and a maximum of one year. Ayurveda offers transient tic disorder natural treatment with herbal blends, which is safe and effective even in children.
Chronic motor or vocal tic disorder can last for up to a year or more. It is characterized by the presence of one or more tics that last for long. The tics can be either motor or vocal, but not both. To be diagnosed with a chronic tic disorder, a person must show the symptoms before the age of 18.
This disorder is the most severe of all the types of tics. A person suffering from Tourette’s syndrome experiences both vocal and motor tics. Sometimes, what is initially diagnosed as chronic motor or vocal tic can actually be a case of Tourette’s syndrome.
Ayurvedic doctors can recommend herbs those are known to work on central nervous system, so can eventually control tics. Also regular ayurvedic therapies like panchakarma detoxification, shirodhara, marma oil massage and follwing an ayurvedic diet can help to control these involuntary movements.
Even though the exact cause of nervous tics is not properly understood, there are certain conditions that are thought to contribute to the development of this disorder. Some of them are as follows:
Ayurveda manages anxiety tics based on the concepts of Tridosha. The treatment is aimed at correcting the imbalance in the three humors, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, to maintain the equilibrium within the body and mind. This concept can control the involutory movements and anxiety to a great extent.
Based of Ayurvedic encyclopedia, “Charak Samhita” nervous tics in adults or kids can be managed by using ayurvedic herbs and treatments. In contrast to the allopathic medications, herbal cure for Tourettes is devoid of serious side effects and is more sustainable. Ayurvedic herbs can also be used to control head tics thereby preventing embarrassing situations that might occur when the involuntary jerking of the head occurs during social settings.
Here is the list of the alternative ayurvedic herbs for tics that can provide a significant relief from the symptoms of tic disorder.
Bala (Sida cordifolia): if you are concerned about how to get rid of ticks naturally, you can use herbal remedies like Bala. It works by regulating the functions of the nerves and brain. It can also help you control the abnormal muscle movements by controlling the transmission of impulses through the nerves.
Kaunch Beej (Mucuna pruriens): Kaunch Beej can be used to manage Tourette’s syndrome. It works by reducing inflammation and damage to the brain tissues and nerves by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Research study conducted by Sachin Wankhede, Deepak Langade, and Kedar Joshi and published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition in 2015 has shown that Ashwagandha can help to control the tic symptoms naturally.
It is one of the best Tourette’s syndrome natural remedies, which can help to relieve stress and nervousness, the common causes of tics. It can also regulate the muscle movements and improve the brain health thereby providing a long-term relief from the tics.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): a research conducted by Deepali Mathur, Kritika Goyal, and Veena Koul at the Frontiers in Pharmacology in 2016 has indicated that Brahmi can offer a natural treatment for tics. It is found to control the muscle movements by reducing the activities of the nerves and improving the brain functions.
Patients interested in seeking Tourette’s and tics natural therapy can approach an ayurvedic doctor to seek an alternative, safe and effective treatment for this condition. The use of ayurvedic herbs can be effective for restoring the balance in the body’s various mechanisms (Vata Doshas). The diet and the therapies like Panchakarma recommended by the system of Indian medicine can also regulate the functions of the brain and muscle movements thereby controlling tics.
Patients diagnosed with Tic and Tourette’s syndrome can seek ayurvedic medicine at “Pure Herbal Ayurvedi Clinic” in Australia to manage this illness naturally. The doctors at this wellness centre after the details consultation can recommend herbal remedies and other suggestions, which can help to control the involutory muscle movements.
Ayurvedic doctors may also advise you to undergo panchakarma detoxification. Panchakarma therapy is aimed at restoring normal functions of the body by eliminating toxic metabolites that can contribute to the development of tics. Ayurveda offer an integrated approach to the management of this illness to bring about a holistic healing and improve the quality of your life.
Dr. Gurnam Saini
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
MD Alternative Medicine
Panchkarma Detox Expert
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