Homeopathic Treatment for Stuttering/stammering

Stuttering, also called stammering, is a speech disorder where an individual repeats or prolongs words, syllables, or phrases.

A person with a stutter (or stammer) may also stop during speech and make no sound for certain syllables.

Fast facts on stuttering

  • Stuttering affects more boys than girls.Uploaded Image
  • In some cases, stuttering completely blocks an individual from producing a sound.
  • For an official diagnosis the individual will meet with a speech-language pathologist.
  • Most children with a stutter grow out of it.
  • Sometimes, a stutter can be the result of a head injury.

Stuttering is a common problem, but in most cases, it can be overcome.

We all have the capacity, it may happen during a stressful job interview, talking to emergency services on the telephone, or during a presentation to a large crowd.

Stuttering is common when children are learning to speak and is an estimated five times more common in boys than girls. However, the majority of children grow out it. The speech disorder affects less than 1 percent of all adults.

For some, however, the problem persists and requires some kind of professional help, such as speech therapy.

Symptoms of Stuttering/Stammering

A person who stutters often repeats words or parts of words, and tends to prolong certain speech sounds. They may also find it harder to start some words. Some may become tense when they start to speak, they may blink rapidly, and their lips or jaw may tremble as they try to communicate verbally.

“Blocked” is when their mouths are in the right position to say the word, but virtually no sound comes out. This may last several seconds. Sometimes, the desired word is uttered, or interjections are used in order to delay the initiation of a word the speaker knows causes problems. Examples of interjections include such words as “um,” “like,” “I mean,” “well,” or “umm.”

Common signs and symptoms associated with stuttering:

  • Problems starting a word, phrase, or sentence.
  • Hesitation before certain sounds have to be uttered.
  • Repeating a sound, word, or syllable.
  • Certain speech sounds may be prolonged.
  • Speech may come out in spurts.
  • Words with certain sounds are substituted for others (circumlocution).

Also, when talking there may be:

  • rapid blinking
  • trembling lips
  • foot tapping
  • a trembling jaw
  • the face and/or upper body tightens

Causes of Stuttering/Stammering

Experts are not completely sure what causes stuttering. We do know that somebody with a stutter is much more likely to have a close family member who also has one, compared with other people. The following factors may also trigger/cause stuttering:

Developmental stuttering

As children learn to speak, they often stutter, especially early on when their speech and language skills are not well developed. The majority of children experience fewer and fewer symptoms as this developmental stage progresses until they can speak flowingly.

Neurogenic stuttering

This is when the signals between the brain and speech nerves and muscles are not working properly. This may affect children, and can also affect adults after a stroke or some brain injury. The following may cause neurogenic stuttering:

  • stroke
  • head trauma
  • ischemic attacks – temporary block of blood flow to the brain
  • tumors
  • degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s
  • meningitis

Psychological Factors

Stress can make stuttering worse for some individuals.

It used to be believed that the main reasons for long-term stuttering were psychological. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.

However, psychological factors may make stuttering worse for people who already stutter.

For instance, stress, embarrassment, and anxiety can make the stutter more pronounced; but they are not generally seen as the underlying cause.

In other words, anxiety, low self-esteem, nervousness, and stress do not cause stuttering; rather, they are the result of living with a stigmatized speech problem, which can sometimes make symptoms worse.

Risk factors

Family history – many children who have a stutter that persists beyond the developmental stage of language have a close family member who stutters. If a young child has a stutter and also a close family member who stutters, their chances of that speech disorder continuing are much greater.

Age when stutter starts – a child who starts stuttering before 3.5 years of age is less likely to stutter later in life. The earlier the stuttering starts, the less likely it is to continue long-term.

Time since stuttering started – about three-quarters of all young children who stutter will stop doing so within 1 or 2 years without speech therapy.

The longer the stuttering continues, the more likely it is that the problem will become long-term without professional help (and even with professional help).

Sex – long-term stuttering is four times more common among boys than girls. Experts believe there may be neurological reasons for this, while others blame the way family members react to little boys’ stuttering compared with little girls’ stuttering. However, nobody is really sure what the reason is.

Homeopathic Medicine for Stuttering/Stammering

The Homeopathy system provides a very effective and safe treatment for stammering. In fact, Homeopathy is known to have a range of natural medicines that are highly effective in bringing about good recovery in stammering cases. There is, however, no one medicine universally applicable to all stammering cases. The appropriate medicine is selected based on individual case study. 

 Stramonium and Lachesis – Top Grade Medicine for Stammering

Stramonium and Lachesis are top grade medicines for stammering. Stramonium works best in stammering cases when a person has to exert strain for a long time before a word is uttered. Lachesis is another on the list of wonderful medicines for stammering. Lachesis is well indicated when a person stammers over certain specific letters while speaking.

 Lycopodium : Lycopodium is one of the most effective medicines for stammering and shows remarkable results where a person stammers while speaking out the last words of a sentence. Apart from stammering, Lycopodium is also greatly helpful for persons with a weak memory, indistinct sleep, lack of self-confidence and poor self-esteem. Fear of public speaking may also prevail among persons in need of Lycopodium.

 Spigelia : Spigelia is yet another reliable prescription among Homeopathy medicines for stammering. The characteristic indication for use of Spigelia is stammering on the first few words of a sentence followed by normal, clear, uninterrupted speech. A person who needs prescribing Spigelia repeats the first syllable around three to four times before he can go on to the next part of the sentence.

Causticum, Lac Caninum, Staphysagria : Causticum, Lac Caninum and Staphysagria rate among the best Homeopathy medicines for stammering. Causticum is well indicated in cases where stammering is noticed when a person is mentally or emotionally excited. Lac Caninum is the most appropriate among Homeopathy medicines for stammering to prescribe where a person starts to stammer when he talks fast. Staphysagria has shown remarkable results in cases where stammering appears while talking to strangers.e.t.c