A condition affecting the brain and nervous system (a neurological condition), Tourette’s syndrome is characterized by involuntary, random sounds and movements, known as tics.
Tourette’s syndrome is a lot more common than most people realize, as it affects around 1 in every 100 people.
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.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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Caffeine and sugar is known to make symptoms worse in Tourette’s patients, so try to limit your intake.
Certain dietary modifications may help improve Tourette’s syndrome:
Magnesium – Magnesium may help improve Tourette’s syndrome neurological symptoms. It’s a mineral which helps nerve cells and muscles function properly. You can obtain magnesium from foods, such as green leafy vegetables, meat, fish, beans, peas and bananas.
Vitamin B-6 – Vitamin B-6, also known as pyridoxine, can help improve the neurological symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome. A water-soluble vitamin which helps maintain normal nerve function, vitamin B-6 can be obtained from foods such as whole grains, dried legumes, meat, poultry, avocado and bananas.
Vitamin B-12 – Also known as cobalamin, vitamin B-12 can also improve the neurological symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome. Helping to maintain healthy nerves of the central nervous system, Vitamin B-12 can be obtained from beef liver, meat, fish, eggs, shellfish, salmon, chicken, turkey, milk and dairy products.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
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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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As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
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The Ayurvedic treatment of TS is aimed at controlling the tics and preventing neurobehavioral complications. Medicines like Yograj-Guggulu, Maha-Rasnadi-Guggulu, Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras, Vat-Gajankush-Ras and Dashmoolarishta are used to control the involuntary movements. Herbal medicines which can be used in this condition include Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Tagar (Valeriana wallichii), Deodar (Cedrus deodara), Erandmool (Ricinus communis), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis), Shalparni (Desmodium gangeticum), Prushnaparni (Uraria picta), Agnimanth (Premna mucronata) and Shyonak (Oroxylum indicum).
People who do not respond to the above mentioned treatment can be given other medicines like Ekang-Veer-Ras, Tapyadi-Loh, Kaishor-Guggulu, Trayodashang-Guggulu, Vish-Tinduk-Vati and Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani. Sedative herbs like Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Khurasani ova (Hyoscyamus niger) and Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans) also help in giving relief from tics. Medicated oils like Mahanarayan oil, Mahamash oil, Chandan-Bala-Laxadi oil, Vishgarbha oil and Maha-Saindhavadi oil are applied locally. This is followed by localized steam fomentation of the affected parts using medicines like Nirgundi-Qadha and Dashmool-Qadha.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
There have been a handful of scientific studies investigating the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating Tourettes. Most of them have been conducted in China. One study by Wu Lianzhong from the Tianjin College of Traditional Chinese Medicine claims a 73 percent cure rate in 156 patients. Even among the 27 percent of patients whose symptoms did not completely disappear, all but 12 reported significant improvements.
Acupuncture is only one element of traditional Chinese medicine, which also includes herbs, acupressure, exercise and diet. Acupuncture grew out of ancient Chinese philosophy of the yin and the yang. The forces of yin and yang are thought to act in the human body as they do throughout the natural universe as a whole. Disease or physical disharmony is caused by an imbalance or dominance of one of these two forces in the body, and the goal of Chinese medicine is to bring the yin and the yang back into balance with each other, thus restoring health.
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Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
- Diffuse tremors and tics with teas made from chamomile, passionflower, skullcap, lady’s slipper and wood betony. These herbal remedies can provide vitamins and minerals that relax the nerves and muscles. To make tea, add one tsp. of each herb to one cup of boiling water. Strain and drink three times a day.
- Take tinctures of St. John’s wort or valerian root to help relieve muscle tension and relax nerves. Add 20 drops of the chosen extract to a cup of water and drink daily.
- Include wheat germ and avocados in your regular diet. These foods are rich in niacin, which is known to stop tics when accompanied by a healthy diet.
- Alleviate tremors by taking evening primrose, which can help to normalize the vital functions of the nervous system. Take two 500 mg capsules, three times a day.
- Drink herbal effervescent teas, herbal remedies that calm the senses. Teas such as Japanese green tea or eucalyptus help to relieve stress and tension, which can trigger attacks.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
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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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