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Tics

Alleviating tics with homoeopathy

Tics are repeated gestures and movements that an individual repeats automatically without any apparent purpose. But a tic can also come in the form of an involuntary and convulsive movement that is caused by muscle contractions. In most cases, tics are hereditary and last from childhood to late adolescence, before completely disappearing once the affected person reaches adulthood. However, some tics are mainly caused by a nervous disorder of which the real mechanisms.are not yet fully understood by scientists. However, it has been shown that taking certain types of medications may be conducive to the onset of a tic. Several forms of tics exist including iatrogenic tics caused by therapeutic treatments, pathological tics caused by a disease, motor tics, verbal tics and phonic tics.

Symptoms

Tics can manifest themselves in different ways. Tics are mainly characterized by pathological obsessive-compulsive disorders, whether verbal or phonic, but can also manifest themselves by the habit of making futile gestures. Verbal tics are manifested by coprolalia or the tendency to utter obscene or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks and may be accompanied by a tendency towards exhibitionism. As for phonic tics , they often result in a echolalia or mechanical repetition of vocalizations made by another person. Finally, the main symptoms of motor tics are jerking head movements, wincing, and lip biting among others. Motor tics may be accompanied by obsessive compulsive disorders.

Selective treatment of tics

To deal with a tic, homoeopathy usually provides ad hoc care in order to eliminate the various symptoms. Indeed, most tics disappear on their own once the subject reaches adulthood. Thus, a disease-modifying treatment is only indicated when the disease is persistent. Since most symptoms are accompanied by involuntary muscle contractions, the most commonly prescribed remedies druing treatment are Ignata and Cuprum Metallicum.  They are also indicated in cases of painful facial tics. In general, it is advisable to take 5 granules of Agaricus muscarius 9 CH twice a day over the course of one month to allevaite the tics.

Alleviating a child’s tics

Homoeopathy provides a number of remedies that may be taken to eliminate certain disorders linked to tics that occur during childhood. Tics that are characterized by eye, mouth, hand and leg movements can be treated with Zinc Metallicum. In regard to nervous and agitated children, as well as those infested by worms, it is recommended to administer them  a daily 5-granule dose of Cina 15 CH. If tics are accompanied by lethargy and spasms, the use of Agaricus muscarius may be indicated. Finally, if tics manifest themselves by coprolalia, a Hyoscyamus-based treatment is recommended.

Treating involuntary movements

Motor tics primarily manifest themselves by unconscious movements. Thus remedies like Lycopodium, China and Zinc are the most commonly used forms of treatment in such cases. If tics are characterized by back and forth head movements, it is advised to resort to Sepia. In case of a worsening due to anxiety, Gelsium-based treatment is indicated. Finally, when the tic is accompanied by a hysteria fit, know that it may be alleviated with the help of doses of Staphysagria.

When should you consult a doctor?

It is generally advisable to consult a doctor or a homoeopath as soon as a tic proves to be bothersome in everyday life. However, a medical consultation is also recommended when a tic lasts for more than six months. It is also important to seek medical attention if the treatment proves to be ineffective.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “tics”

Associated treatments

  • Agaricus Muscarius
  • China Rubra
  • Cina
  • Cuprum Metallicum
  • Hyoscyamus
  • Ignata
  • Lycopodium Clavatum
  • Sepia
  • Zincum Metallicum

Good to know: In some cases, Parkinson’s disease may be accompanied by tics. Certain patients suffering from these Parkinson-related tics react well to homoeopathic treatments and notice that their tics subsequently disappear.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.