Tic Disorders

tourettesTourette’s syndrome is an extremely uncomfortable condition for a child. Whether the tic is motor, vocal, or both, it is out of their control and can bring unwanted attention, making social interactions difficult. Parents usually adapt to this attention, but still desire a life for their child where they can fit in easily, and receive attention for things that make them feel good about themselves. Tic disorders are further complicated by the common occurrence with other disorders, such as ADHD or OCD, which bring their own set of trials, including additional medications. At Fountainhead Clinic, we find it very rewarding to treat these kids, especially those who suffer from multiple conditions.

How do you treat Tourette’s syndrome and tic disorders naturally?

Aside from the relief we see in our patients, the reason we find it so rewarding to treat these conditions is that we are able to do it primarily with a single therapy, even when there are multiple conditions. The therapy we have found to be the fastest and most effective treatment to bring long-term relief is homeopathy. With homeopathic medicine we are able to individualize treatment based on all of the symptoms the child is experiencing.

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that stimulates the body to heal itself, leading to sustainable improvement in overall health. This improvement is achieved with little to no side effects, and when prescribed properly, occurs quickly, giving rapid relief of symptoms. At Fountainhead clinic we feel very strongly that homeopathy is the most effective treatment and the most vital step to our success in helping someone achieve perfect health.

Do you use any other treatments?

Occasionally there are “obstacles to cure” that must be dealt with for homeopathic treatment to be its most effective. These may include nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, or stressful social relationships. Our doctors routinely assess for the many factors contributing to disruption of mental and physical health, and remove obstacles when possible, in order to continue the healing process. Supportive therapies are therefore identified and prescribed on a strictly individual basis.

How do you manage my child’s current medications?

We are happy to work with your psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician regarding current medications. For more information about medication management click here.

Patient Story

Molly (name changed) had been experiencing motor tics for approximately 2 years before she was brought to our office by her mother. About one month prior to meeting her, Molly had started to have vocal tics as well. Molly’s parents were concerned because the motor tics seemed to be worsening, and had begun to cause her some distress. Her motor tics involved involuntary movement of her hands, usually in a rhythmic motion. Her vocal tics were a constant, regular clearing of the throat.

Molly’s case was somewhat difficult in that there wasn’t anything unusual about her presentation of Tourette’s syndrome. It took some further exploration into her as a whole person to determine the best remedy. It turned out that aside from her tics, Molly also frequently suffered from eczema. During an eczema flare she was very restless and unable to sleep well. The eczema itched and burned after she scratched it, and was only relieved by a hot washcloth or hot shower. She was also extremely neat and organized for a child, and had a fear of robbers breaking into her house. These symptoms helped to narrow down the field of remedies and made it clear that Arsenicum was best suited for her case.

Molly’s mother was worried about giving her daughter a remedy made from such a toxic metal. With some careful explanation about the dilution process and taking the time to address all of her concerns, Molly’s mother left feeling very comfortable giving the medicine to her daughter. Molly was given homeopathic Arsenicum 200C to be taken once daily. After several follow-ups, and a few changes in potency, Molly’s tics and eczema resolved. It took about a year and a half in total, but Molly and her parents were both thrilled with the results.


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