More on Tourette’s Syndrome
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: May 21, 2006

I recently saw an article you posted about Tourette’s syndrome. In it you recommended the use of Chamomile, Hops, Skullcap, Wood betony, or Valerian. I’d like to know more about this. Pure herbs, a mix of herbs? Which herb or mix is best? Anything else you can tell me about this would be appreciated. I’m seeking an herbal solution for this problem.

The best herbs for an individual with Tourette’s syndrome depend on the neurological make up and symptoms of the person. Some remedies work well for some people and not at all for others. You would be best to work with a natural health practitioner who has had experience working with this syndrome. To find a practitioner, please see our website

Here is some additional information, from the files of herbalists who have treated Tourette’s, that you can use in your research for a herbal solution, keeping in mind that herbal protocols are most effective when formulated for the individual patient. If the patient is taking drugs, you will need extra care in choosing natural remedies.

*for information on Tourette’s: David Coming’s book, "Tourette Syndrome and Human Behaviour"

* Melvyn Werbach, M.D. in "Nutritional Influences on Mental Illness" (Third Line Press, Tarzana, California, (800) 916-0076 or (818) 996-0076) suggests that Tourette’s may be related to cholinergic underactivity. Thus, supplemental choline may be recommended to enhance acetylcholine production. Choline is a nutrient found within the B-complex which is essential for manufacturing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It’s found in grains, legumes and egg yolks and especially in lecithin.

* Two anecdotal cases in Werbach suggest a link between food sensitivities and symptoms, so look at leaky gut syndrome and using probiotics as a first step.

* Research has shown in good success with, nicotine patches. A 7mg/24 hour patch worn for 24 hours was successful in 85% of cases. The positive effects of one patch lasted for from 3 days to a month.

* Antispasmodic herbs: ashwaghanda tincture, and Verbena hastata tincture.

* Homeopathic stramonium has been used with a herbal protocol, to help control tics.

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