WHAT IS THE INCIDENCE AND THE CAUSES OF STAMMERING?
Most people who stutter begin to do so in early childhood (2-5 years). It is estimated that approximately 4-5% of all preschool children stammers. Many regain normal fluency, either spontaneously or following management with a speech therapist. It is estimated that about 1% of all students – an estimated 7,800 children and young people – stammer. In adults, the proportion slightly lowers (about 0.7 %). About as many girls as boys begin to stutter, but in adult stuttering occurs more often in men than in women. Girls get it more often to restore normal fluency. Although we do not know exactly why someone starts to stutter, many people believe that the difficulty has an innate neurological cause. The reasons why some continue to stammer, while others get back normal fluency, are complex.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF STAMMERING?
The symptoms of stuttering are the repetition of sounds, syllables and words, extension and blocking sounds, i.e. cessation of voice production. These basic symptoms called stammering. They appear in varying degrees in people who stutter. The core symptoms of stuttering are involuntary, and often perceived as unpleasant.
Many who begin to stutter, also develops additional symptoms, such as contraction of the muscles of the face or nodding. Such additional symptoms called secondary stuttering. These additional symptoms can be just as disruptive to fluency and communication as core stuttering.
It is also common for people who stutter to find strategies to avoid certain words or sounds or to avoid speaking in certain situations. Such avoidance behavior varies from person to person.
In early childhood (2-5 years), it is usual that a child stutters, that have breaks in their fluency in the form of hesitations and repetitions. It is not always easy to distinguish practice from stammering. When toddlers stutter, the repetitions and hesitations occurs because the child is unable to find the words to say as quickly as older children and adults. The words are not so well stored in the brain yet. When a child strain, it is not because it cannot find the right words, but because the words “get stuck “when they are spoken.
HOW CAN AYURVEDA HELP IN CASE OF STAMMERING?
Ayurvedic system of medicine is an ancient Indian system of medicine that uses the inherent power of herbs to help diseases in a natural and healthy way. We in Ayurveda believe that the body is controlled by three different energies which are Vada, Pitta, and Kappha. These energies maintain the balance in our bodies and any imbalance in these energies may disorient the body system.
The Ayurvedic herbs help remove stress and anxiety from our daily lives in a natural and herbal way. They are completely safe and help in attaining an easy, stress free life. All the medical conditions and psychological stress related conditions are helped in a better way by using Ayurvedic herbs.
HERBS IN AYURVEDA THAT HELP IN CASE OF STAMMERING
WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (ASHWAGANDHA)
The ancient Ayurvedic herb Ashwagandha is a multiple benefit herb. It has beneficial effects on human body in a natural way. Ashwagandha helps in cases stress, memory loss and many more chronic ailments. A look at these disorders tells us that they are all related to our life style. The increase in stress and manifold decrease in a healthy diet and lifestyle leads to stress induced disorders including many neurological disorders. People usually complain of stress, fatigue, memory and bodily weakness. Most of us face issues of low stamina and endurance power.
Ashwagandha herb plays a vital role in such cases. It is a great antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to promote overall well-being of the body and nourishes it with strength and immunity. Apart from these, the herbal product has potential powers to nourish the brain to make the functioning of the brain quicker and sharper. It has dynamic results on the male sexual system as it facilitates quicker and longer lasting erections. Ashwagandha herb is an indispensable part of many of our formulations owing to its benefits. Medhya churna and Ashwagandha capsules are prepared using Ashwagandha.
ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (SONTH)
Zingiber works wonderfully on the nervous and emotional ailments. The results are on the overall body system. The appetite is boosted, the brain functioning becomes sharper, and the memory becomes stronger. It acts well for weakness of body and mind, stresses of daily life, and improper brain functioning. It also has multiple effects on other organs. It is sued in Medhya churna.
INDIAN PENNYWORT (GOTU KOLA CAPSULES)
Gotu kola herb is an herb rich in nutrients. It is a wonderful herb that acts brilliantly on concentration power and helps cases of lack of concentration. This herb Gotu kola helps in the nerve related diseases. It helps in nervous exhaustion due to stress and anxiety. The case of neuropathy due to diabetes is relieve using Gotu kola capsules. It is a very effective herb in providing body vitality. The herb is used to prepare Gotu kola capsules.
BACOPA MONNIERI (BRAHMI)
The Brahmi herb is famous for its magnificent properties. It is a wonderful tranquilizer. It increases the brain functioning. A few of its astonishing effects have been proved on conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It is used by physicians for stress, post-natal depression, anxiety, ADD and epilepsy. Owing to its vast sphere of actions, it is a major constituent of a variety of products like health tonics, memory tonics, etc. Stress, anxiety, menstrual disturbances, hair loss and fatigue are a few conditions where the herb has shown positive effects. Another wonderful action of the herb is on the nervous system wherein it works to increase the coordination between the nervous system components thereby increasing the brain functioning. It is therefore used as a brain tonic. For its action on controlling the anxiety of the nervous system the Ayurvedic herb is used as a tranquilizer. The actions of the Brahmi herb over the brain area make it a wonderful tonic to help enhance the mental capabilities of the individual. It affects both the short and the long-term memory. It promotes a relaxed state of mind and nerves, spreading calmness. It takes care of the tension caused headaches, feeling of anxiety and depression. The herbal product is highly recommended for people suffering from ADD as it helps them analyze clearly. Brahmi is used in Medhya churna.
ACORUS CALAMUS (VACHA)
The root of this herb is used to relieve a number of nerve related disorders and increase speech coordination, speech ability. It helps to increase memory power and coordination. The retention power increases manifold. The Medhya churna has this herb in it.
CONVOLVULUV PLURICAULIS (SHANKHPUSHPI)
This plant bears beautiful white flowers. It helps the mind to recollect and remember things in an effective way. It is useful in relieving stress, improves mind ability and controls blood pressure. In India it has been given to children to increase their memory especially during exams. Medhya churna contains this herb.