• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Tourette Syndrome

Tourette syndrome is a neurological and hereditary disorder which may usually be associated with other conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, and obsessive - compulsive disorder. This condition involves repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations which in day-to-day language are termed as tics. The symptoms usually appear in childhood and gradually decrease or disappear by early adulthood; however, about 10% of individuals affected may continue to have a progressive or disabling course of symptoms.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment is required for those individuals who have increasing or disabling symptoms of Tourette syndrome. Ayurvedic herbal medicines which have a specific action on the nervous system are used in high uses and for prolonged periods in the management of this condition. These medicines strengthen the nervous system and reduce irritation and hyper-reactivity of the brain and the peripheral nerves. These medicines also improve the transmission of nerve impulses between the nerve cells of the brain. Medicines are also used to reduce anxiety and psychological distress, and improve confidence and bring about a feeling of physical and mental well-being. Ayurvedic herbal medicines are also used to reduce stress which may be instrumental in increasing the symptoms of Tourette syndrome.

Other associated conditions like ADHD, OCD, Dyslexia, and learning disabilities also need specific treatment while managing the symptoms of Tourette syndrome. Ayurvedic herbal medicines may possibly be required for periods ranging from 4-6 months in order to bring about significant improvement in these associated disorders as well as in the main symptoms of Tourette syndrome, as also to prevent recurrence of the condition.

Localised treatment may also be utilised along with oral medication the form of a complete massage of the entire body with medicated herbal oils, followed by medicated steam fomentation. This may help to reduce the treatment time and improve neuromuscular coordination, while significantly reducing the tics.

Most individuals affected with Tourette syndrome recover completely after taking the full course of Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurvedic herbal treatment thus has a significant role to play in the management and treatment of Tourette syndrome.

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