What is turret syndrome?
Tourette’s syndrome is a nervous system problem that causes a sick person to suddenly make a sound or sound, called ticks. They cannot control it. Such as frequent blinking of the person suffering from turret or clearing the throat. In this, some people can also say such words, which they do not want to speak.
Is turret syndrome a common disease?
According to the first report by the CDC on neurological disorder, Tourette syndrome occurs in three out of every one thousand children aged between six and 17 years of age in the United States. According to the MMWR study, Turret’s syndrome is three times higher in boys than girls. This syndrome affects children aged 12 to 17 more than children aged six to 11 years.
Its main symptom is ticks. Stress, excitement, getting sick or tired can make them worse. These are of two types:
Some examples of physical ticks:
- Hand or head jerking
- To blink eyes
- Face making
Examples of oral ticks –
- Cleaning your throat again and again
Some ticks can be simple or complex. A simple tick affects one or some part of the body, such as blinking an eye or making a face. Whereas, a complex tick involves repeating multiple parts of a body or a spoken word. Examples are jumping and swearing repeatedly.
About half of people suffering from turret also have symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Which can cause you to pay attention, remain stable and have trouble completing tasks.
People with Turret problem may have the following problem:
- Learning disability like dyslexia
- OCD – Thoughts and behaviors that you cannot control, such as frequent hand washing.
When should I see a doctor?
If you notice your child doing involuntary activity or noises, see a pediatrician.
Not all ticks are indicative of Tourette’s syndrome. Many children develop ticks that go away on their own after a few weeks or months. At the same time, whenever a child behaves abnormally, it becomes necessary to identify the cause and detect serious health problems.
If you have any of the problems described below, you should contact your doctor. Everyone’s body functions differently. It is best to consult your doctor about your condition.
What causes Tourette’s syndrome?
Turret has been linked to various parts of the brain including the basal ganglia region. Its function is to control body movements. This difference can affect the nerve cells and the chemical carrying the message between them. Doctors speculate that disturbances in this part of the brain network may lead to torate. It is not yet known what causes these problems in the brain, however, genes probably play a role. There can be other reasons for this. People who suffer from Turret have a higher chance of developing the disease in their family but, people in the same family may have different symptoms.
What causes increased risk of Tourette’s syndrome?
There are several risk factors for the syndrome, such as:
- Family history of the disorder: If someone in the family (blood relations) has Tourette’s syndrome or other tick related disorder, it increases the risk of the disorder in the family.
- Gender: Compared to women, the risk of this problem is three to four times higher in men.
Diagnosis and treatment
The information given is not a substitute for any medical advice. Always consult your doctor for more information.
How is Tourette’s syndrome diagnosed?
If you or your child have Tourette’s symptoms, a doctor may ask you to see a neurologist or specialist. There is no test to confirm this syndrome but, he will ask you some questions like:
Your doctor may perform an imaging test of your brain so that Turret’s symptoms can be accurately detected. These can be-
A test in which pictures of organs and structures inside the body are visible through magnets and radio waves.
How is Tourette’s syndrome treated in allopathy?
Many times, ticks are very few and do not require treatment. If ticks become a problem, doctors may prescribe some medications. Medications include:
Haloperidol (haldol), fluphenaz (prolixin) and pimozide (orap), these drugs work on a brain chemical called dopamine to control ticks.
Clonidine (catapress) and guanfacine (Tenax, Intuniv), these are high blood pressure medications, which can also treat ticks.
Fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Joloft) and other antidepressants, which may relieve anxiety, sadness, and OCD symptoms.
Along with medication, you can also take therapeu. A psychologist or counselor can help you deal with social problems caused by ticks.
Behavior therapy can also help.
Habit reversal training is a special type of test that teaches how to manage ticks.
Lifestyle changes and home remedies
The lifestyle and home remedies described below can help you deal with Tourette’s syndrome:
- Seek help: Your family, friends, doctors or support group can help you meet the challenges of Turret.
- Be active: Activities like playing, painting etc. Will take your mind away from your symptoms.
- Relax: Read a book, listen to music, meditate or do yoga. Do activities in which you enjoy. This can help in coping with stress.
- Take information: Know everything about your condition so that you know what to do if you have symptoms.
If your child has Tourette’s syndrome, talk to their school about it.
Being socially fit can also be difficult for a child with an illness. Teach the child how to manage comments from other children.
If you have any questions about your problem, do not forget to consult your doctor.
Ayurvedic treatment from CAC
1. Vata Balance Tablet:
Vata balance tablet is a rejuvenating blend of herbs is specially formulated to balance Vata doshas without aggravating Pitta or Kapha doshas. It may be used to support overall health and well-being by Vata constitutions with or without food. For those with a dual constitution that includes Vata or a tridoshic constitution, it is an excellent formula for the Vata season, which in most parts of the world is autumn and early winter.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
2. Brodley Syrup:
This syrup is prepared from the extract of various herbs that deal with the delusion, hallucination, disorganized behavior, lack of emotions, & inappropriate posture, etc. The syrup is prepared from herbs such as Shankhpushpi, Brahmi, Jatamansi, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Saunf. These herbs show antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulator, & mind relaxant properties.
Recommended Dosage – Take 2 teaspoonful twice daily.
3. Brain Relaxant Churna:
This churna is pure Ayurvedic which helps to rejuvenate the brain cells, improves memory, give strength to the body, & increases the concentration by calming down the brain. It is prepared from herbs that show calming effect on brain and gives you relaxation. Brain relaxant churna shows antioxidant, Neuroprotective, carminative and anti-inflammatory properties. Ingredients present in this churna are Amla (Emblica officinalis), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), Marich (Piper nigrum), Haldi (Curcuma longa), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Suddha Gandhak, Lauha Bhasma. It helps to Maintain blood sugar level, Anti-depressant, Insomnia, Increase Haemoglobin levels, Cures indigestion, Helpful in Ulcerative colitis, and Nerve tonic. It helps in dealing with health conditions such as feeling delusion, hallucinations, disordered thinking, disabling, & impair daily functioning related to schizophrenia patients.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablespoon of this churna twice daily.
4. Nerve up tablet:
It is a herbo-mineral tablet and is the purely ayurvedic formulation. Nerve up tablets helps in balancing the Vata doshas. It reduces Kapha dosha and acts as a nervine stimulant. It shows effective results in improving the central nervous system. It contains natural ingredients like shudha kuchala, shudha shilajeet, abhrak bhasma, praval pishti, shankh bhasma etc. It acts as a convulsant that is producing sudden and involuntary muscle contractions. It can be used to reduce the stress, mental fatigue, increases the memory, boosts mental capabilities and intelligence, alleviates stress and produces calmness in the mind, to boost the retention power and improves the quality of sleep.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice a day with normal water.
5. Nerve plus tablet
Cac nerve plus tablet contains Ghritkumari, kalimirch, Giloy satva, Shudha shilajeet, Shudha Kuchala, Shudha Vatsnabh etc. These herbs might be beneficial in improving appetite by increasing intestinal motility as well as gastrointestinal functions and also help prevent constipation. It might be good for diabetics due to the presence
of certain constituents that help lower blood glucose levels. Kuchla also helps to manage insomnia by controlling the functions of the brain and reducing stress. It is also beneficial in managing urinary problems like burning sensation or irritation during urination due to its diuretic activity.
According to Ayurveda, the administration of Kuchla is recommended only after its purification (shodhana) in different media like cow’s urine (Gomutra), cow’s milk (Go dugdha) or cow’s ghee (Go ghrita). The final purified product is known as Sudha Kuchla. Sudha Kuchla helps to manage sexual problems like erectile dysfunction due to its Vajikarna (aphrodisiac) property. Kuchla oil can be applied on the joints to provide relief from inflammation and pain associated with rheumatism due to its anti- inflammatory property.
Dr. Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1 Lakh Plus patients worldwide.