The symptoms usually begin at around the age of seven and become most pronounced during the teenage years.
Boys are more likely to be affected by Tourette’s syndrome than girls. It is unclear why this is the case.
Two thirds of people will experience a marked improvement in their symptoms, usually around 10 years after they first began. For some people the Tourette symptoms become much less troublesome and frequent, while for others they can disappear entirely.
In the remaining third of people with Tourette’s syndrome, their symptoms will persist throughout their life, but the symptoms will usually become milder as they grow older.
The condition usually begins in childhood and the tics can be either:
- Phonic (making sounds) – such as grunting, coughing or shouting out words
- Physical – such as jerking of the head or jumping up and down
Tics can also be:
- Simple, involving moving only one muscle or uttering a single sound
- Complex, involving a series of physical movements or speaking a long phrase
Most people diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome have a combination of physical and vocal tics, which can be both simple and complex.
The tics do not usually pose a serious threat to a person’s physical health, although physical tics, such as jerking of the head, can often be painful. However, children and adults affected by Tourette’s syndrome can experience associated problems such as social isolation, embarrassment and low self-esteem.
Children who develop Tourette’s syndrome will usually also have one or more other developmental or behavioral conditions. The two most commonly reported conditions are described below:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that causes persistent obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior. For instance, feeling compelled to constantly wash your hands because you are obsessed with the fear you’ll catch a serious illness if you don’t.
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition that causes symptoms such as short attention span, being easily distracted and being unable to sit still because you are constantly fidgeting (hyperactivity).
In addition, children with Tourette’s syndrome may have other behavioral problems, such as flying into sudden rages or engaging in inappropriate or anti-social behavior with other children.
In many cases, these associated conditions and behavioral problems can be more disruptive and troublesome than Tourette’s itself.
The cause of Tourette’s syndrome is unclear but it appears to be strongly associated with a part of the brain called the “basal ganglia”, which plays an important role in regulating body movements.
In people with Tourette’s syndrome the basal ganglia appears to “misfire”, resulting in the tics associated with the condition.
Certain vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements may help treat the tics association with Tourette’s. Give any of the following a go:
B-Complex Supplements – These supplements are known to help treat tics, as the vitamins work together to naturally tranquilize the nervous system. Choose vitamins which include niacin, folic acid and choline. Niacin, also called vitamin B-3, is also believed to help your nerves function properly, while the folic acid, also called folate and vitamin B-9, promotes the nervous system and emotional and mental health.
Magnesium – An essential nutrient responsible for the contraction and relaxation of the muscles, magnesium supplements which also contain vitamin B-6 are also known to significantly reduce the number and intensity of tics in children with Tourette’s without any adverse side effects.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids – This healthy fat seems to improve irritability and depression in Tourette’s Syndrome sufferers, which can help them better manage the stress that can trigger tics.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
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- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
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- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
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- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fightersnaturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation)www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stressNC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workoutNC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
How to make an herbal remedy for Tourette’s:www.ehow.com/how_2086136_make-herbal-remedy-tourettes.html
Remedies to consider in the treatment of Tourette’s syndrome:www.ehow.com/how_2088437_treat-tourettes-syndrome-naturally.html
Supplements for Tourette’s tics www.livestrong.com/article/486014-supplements-for-tics-tourettes/
Tourette’s syndrome and diet www.livestrong.com/article/478899-tourettes-syndrome-diet
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
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