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Tics & Homeopathy
Tics & its homeo-managements
What are Tics?
Tics are semi-voluntary, sudden, repetitive and non-rhythmic motor movements or phonation (sound productions) involving one or more muscle groups. Examples: eye blinking, shoulder shrugging, throat clearing, sniffing, facial grimacing etc.—there may be many many varieties of Tics.
One should clearly understand that these movements are quite different from the movements displayed by patients suffering from Stereotypic Movement Disorders like chorea, epilepsy, dystonia, obsessive compulsive disorder (O.C.D.) etc. A distinctive aspect of Tics is that they are suppressible yet irresistible, they are experienced as irresistible urges.
Since, most of the tics appear normal and natural, one may question what these have to do with Medicine. The answer to this question would be clear, if we know about different type of Tics.
What are different types of Tics?
Tics are classified as i) Motor and Phonic/Verbal/Vocal, and then again as i) Simple and ii) Complex.
From Medicine point of view, the Complex Motor Tics and Complex Phonic Tics require special attention.
Complex Motor Tics: These are typically purposeful-appearing gesture of longer duration like i)touching people, ii)pulling at clothes, iii)touching objects, iv)mimicking other person’s actions (Echopraxia), v)involuntarily performing obscene gestures(Copropraxia) etc.
Complex Phonic Tics: These refer to repeating words just spoken by someone else(Echolalia), repeating words after reading them(Lexilalia), spontaneous utterance of socially objectionable words(Coprolalia) etc.
How are cases of Tics managed with Homeopathy ?
Homeopathic Materia Medica contains the pharmaco-dynamics of various medicines proved on healthy human beings. Critical study of these medicines shows that there a lot of medicines which can be applied on individuals suffering from Tics after studying the totality signs and symptoms of the patients under consideration. Names of following medicines are worth-mentioning here : i)Zincum met., ii)Hyoscyamus nig., iii)Nux mos., iv)Agaricus mus., v)Argentum met., vi)Stramonium, vii)Cuprum met.