By Neepa Sevak
Are you or someone in your family struggling with starting a new word or in the midst of incessant talking, then you are most likely suffering from stuttering. Humans enjoy a privileged facility of unveiling their thoughts by talking. A thought is shaped in the brain, further comprehended into a language spoken by us, and then transmitted as a message to the muscles that influence speech, informing the mouth, face, neck, tongue and throat muscles to move and make the right speech sounds. Prior to speaking, the vocal cords that are positioned above the windpipe come together. The air that is held in the lungs is gradually released passing through the easily closed vocal cords thus causing vibration and producing the voice. In short, speech is produced through a sequence of synchronized muscle movements involving respiration, phonation and articulation of the throat, palate, tongue, lips and teeth. Stuttering is a communication hindrance not just a speech problem in which the normal flow of speech is disrupted by repetitions, prolongation, or stoppage of sounds, syllables or words by an individual’s ability to start a word. Stuttering can impinge on a person’s confidence, social, educational and employment potentials.
Causes of Stuttering:
- Developmental Stuttering in children, this does not need treatment
- Neurogenic Stuttering when the brain is unable to coordinate between the brain and muscles
- Vocal cord injury
- Brain injury
- Emotional dilemmas like lack of confidence, fear, denial, stress, teasing etc.
- Certain drugs as anti depressants, anti histamines, tranquilizers, etc taken by the mother during pregnancy can lead to stuttering in children.
- Alcohol intoxication
- Ill-fitting dentures
Symptoms of Stuttering
These are the expressions that a person may exhibit when attempting to speak.
- Difficulty starting a word or a sentence.
- Repetition of words or prolongation of speech sounds.
- Labored speech.
- Loud or high pitch voice.
- Rapid eye blinks.
- Quivering of the lips or jaw.
- Tension of facial muscles.
- Shallow breathing while talking.
- Talking before a group or on the phone can make stuttering worse.
Homeopathic Approach to Stuttering:
Homeopathy proposes a distinguished approach in the treatment of stuttering. Homeopathic treatment of stuttering is constitutional having a holistic approach and believing in the concept of treating the whole person. Homeopathy always considers a patient's mental framework in all cases and remedies are given acting at the level of mind and body together, thus eliminating the problem. Homeopathic remedies effectively deal with virtually every aspect of the problem simultaneously. Homeopathic constitutional treatment will help restructure defective muscle contractions and rejuvenate fluent speech. Homeopathic constitutional treatment will also help eliminate anxiety disorders, phobias, help build self-esteem and self-confidence, which may have contributed to stuttering. The remedies are harmless and effective for adults as well as children and will escort to a permanent long-lasting cure.
Another exceptional thing about homeopathy is that people on multiple medications can safely take Homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic drugs are non-habit forming and have no addictive characteristics. Homeopathy has an exceptional proven safety record with the FDA with 200 years of clinical effectiveness. Homeopathic remedies are natural, gentle, harmless, and easy to take, are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the homeopathic pharmacopeia of the United States.
Self-Care Measures to Improve Stuttering:
- Speak slowly and in a relaxed manner.
- Speak alone to yourself. This often helps improve fluency.
- for parents whose children are stuttering should provide a relaxed home environment.
- Provide many opportunities for the child to speak. Set aside specific times when you and your child can speak free of distractions.
- Do not react negatively and refrain from criticizing the child's speech.
- Do not ask the child to repeat stuttered words until spoken fluently.
- Listen attentively to the child when he or she speaks.
- Wait for the child to say the intended word. Don't try to complete the child's thoughts.
- Talk openly to your child about stuttering if he or she brings up the subject.
- Make talking pleasurable for your child.
- Promote confidence by showing patience and acceptance.
Hence, replace your stuttered speech with a new way of talking, and communicate better by improving your fluency of speech with the help of homeopathic medicine.