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Stammering

Updated: Nov 7, 2023


Stammering

ABSTRACT


“The stammer was a way of telling the world that he was not like others, a way of expressing his singularity”, a very famous quote by Ted Morgan, An American writer who was initially a french but later on became an American citizen. This quote states very strong meaning and literally supports the people who stutter or stammer. Stuttering, also called stammering, is a speech disorder and is characterised by various factors. This article is all about stammering or stuttering and how it affects the life of a person. In the last part of the article, some Ayurvedic remedies are also shared or mentioned which can help the patient in case of stammering or stuttering.


INTRODUCTION


Stammering is a thing which a person cannot hide. It means that obviously when stammering is noticed by everyone to whomever the stammering person talks or speaks. Stuttering or stammering is a speech disorder or childhood onset fluency disorder. It involves frequent and significant problems with the normal fluency along with flow of speech. The people who stutter know what they want to say but face difficulty saying it. Like they may repeat or may prolong certain words, a consonant or a vowel sound. They may pause during a speech as they have reached a particular problematic word or sound.


The stammering or stuttering is common in young children as a normal part of learning to speak. The young children may stutter when their speech and language abilities are under development and can face problems to keep up with whatever they want to say. Most Of the children outgrow this developmental stuttering. But in some cases this stuttering is also seen in adulthood also. This type of stuttering can impact self-esteem and self-confidence. Such people can benefit from treatment such as speech therapy,using electronic devices. These methods help in improving speech naturally and can also be used as cognitive behaviour therapy.


CAUSES OF STUTTERING OR STAMMERING


THE CAUSES RESPONSIBLE FOR STUTTERING INVOLVES THE FOLLOWING :

  • Family history of stuttering. This cause typically explains the presence of genes or inherited abnormalities.

  • Intellectual disabilities

  • Problems with speech motor control like problems with the sensory motor system.

  • Due to brain injuries or severe medical conditions the stammering can arise.

  • Some emotional and mental problems also play a role in this.

  • In addition, some kind of stress can also result in stammering in youngsters or in adults.

SYMPTOMS OF STUTTERING OR STAMMERING


THE SYMPTOMS OF STUTTERING AND STAMMERING INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING :

  • Difficulty starting a word or a phrase or a sentence

  • Prolonging a word or a sound within words

  • Again and again repetition of sound, syllable and words

  • Speaking of brief sentences, for syllabus or words

  • Addition of extra words where they face difficulty in moving forward to the next word.

  • Excessive tightness, movement of face while producing a word, even excessive movement of upper body is also done to produce a word.

  • Anxiety before talking

  • Limited ability to effectively communicate

  • Moreover, the speech difficulties like stuttering can be accompanied with rapid eye blinking, facial tics, clenching fists, tremors present in lips and jaw.

The stuttering can become worse, when the person is excited, or is under stress. It can also happen when the patient is self-conscious, hurried or being pressured.


RISK FACTORS FOR STUTTERING OR STAMMERING

  • The first and foremost risk factor is stuttering or stammering is delayed childhood development.

  • Having relatives who stutter tends to have children with families with the same problem.

  • Stress in the family, or high parental expectations can result in stuttering.

DIAGNOSIS OF STUTTERING OR STAMMERING


Diagnosis is made by an expert health professional who is trained to evaluate as well as treat children and adults with speech and language disorders.


TREATING STAMMERING OR STUTTERING


Stammering stuttering can be treated using following therapies in adults as well as in children:

  • Speech therapy

  • Electronic devices

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

  • Parent-child interaction

AYURVEDIC VIEW POINT OF STAMMERING OR STUTTERING


Stammering or stuttering can be correlated with excess of vata dosha in the body. The excess of vata dosha can interfere with the nervous transmission of signals and thus can cause problems like stammering. Moreover, the causative factors like stress, anxiety, emotional problems, inappropriate reactions by families, speech and motor difficulties are the reasons for vata aggravation as well.​


So stammering can be well managed in Ayurveda using some medhya herbs. These herbs like brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), shankhpushpi (Convolvulus prostratus) and others really help in vata anulomana and also have their impact on enhancing neuron transmission.


HERBAL FORMULATIONS FOR STUTTERING OR STAMMERING BY PLANTBASED AYURVEDA


Planet Ayurveda is a herbal manufacturing company, which prepares effective Ayurvedic products. The products are vegan and do not contain any kind of additives, adulterants, dyes, preservatives, flavour enhancers and other chemicals. The products are prepared using effective Ayurvedic herbs which are effective in managing many conditions efficiently. The products by Planet Ayurveda in this condition can be of great help and helps in giving fruitful results. They enhance the body’s metabolism and also work as an immune modulator. The conditions like stammering can also be very well managed using Ayurvedic formulation. Formulations offered by Planet Ayurveda in Stuttering or stammering are kept under Stam care pack. These formulations are:

  • Medhya Churna

  • Brahmi Capsules

  • Ashwagandha Capsules

  • Memory Support Capsules

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION


1. MEDHYA CHURNA

Medhya churna is a formulation which has many useful ingredients in it. The formulation has ingredients like Vacha (Acorus calamus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Ajmoda (Carum roxburghianum), Shwet Jeerak (Cuminum cyminum), Krishna Jeerak (Carum carvi), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Marich (Piper nigrum), Pipali (Piper longum) and many others. The churna gives really good and great results in enhancing the working of neuron transmission. These ingredients are also really great as a vata dosha pacifier and helps in enhancement of brain functions. The formulation gives great results in anxiety and stress as well.​


Dosage: 1/4th tsp twice daily after meals with lukewarm water or with warm ghee or warm milk. In addition, scrubbing of churna over tongue is also guided.


2. BRAHMI CAPSULES

Brahmi capsules have only brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) as its key ingredient. These Capsules are prepared from the standardised extract of brahmi. Brahmi is known to enhance brain working and stimulates brain cells as well. The neuron working is also improved by this formulation and it can help in regeneration of neurons as well. In this case brahmi basically helps by fighting stress and anxiety which patients usually have or face in this condition. Most of the stammering problems are due to these two factors especially in adults. In addition, brahmi is also a marvellous vata pacifier as well.​


Dosage: Two capsules twice daily after meals with Lukewarm water.


3. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES

These capsulesare prepared using standardised extract of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) herb. The herb helps in improving the body’s capacity to maintain the physical effort.The herb works by decreasing the weakness and strengthening the nerves and transmissions in this condition. The ashwagandha capsules are effective for management of fatigue, body pain and strengthen all over the body. The ashwagandha is having its effect on tridosha and effectively pacifies vata dosha. The formulation has great results in stammering due to its nourishing effect on the body, nerve and nerve cells that are neurons.


Dosage: Two capsules twice daily after meals with Lukewarm water.


4. MEMORY SUPPORT CAPSULES

As the name says it is very effective in supporting and also increasing memory. The formulation has ingredients like Vacha (Acorus calamus), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) and Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) . All these herbs are effective enough to relieve mental stress and also rejuvenate brain cells. As the name suggests the formulation supports degrading memory and also helps by slowing the process of degeneration. In case of stammering it enhances the communication between the two neurons and as the electric impulses enhance so is the speech.​


Dosage: Two capsules twice daily after meals with lukewarm water.







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