Natural herbal and homeopathic remedies
As always, a holistic approach which addresses not only the tics themselves but the individual in his or her social, educational, and family context is always the best approach. There are a number of herbal and homeopathic ingredients which may be of assistance without the negative side effects of prescription drugs. Discuss this option with your doctor, or consult a homeopath or naturopath for advice.
Counseling and psychotherapy
Counseling can assist a person with tics by getting to the root of where the tics stems from, be it anxiety, stress, social anxiety, fear or any other psychological condition. This can be effective in helping patients deal with their tics by raising their awareness of certain "trigger" situations.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Widely accepted as an evidence-based, cost-effective psychotherapy for many disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy has been used with children and adolescents to treat a variety of conditions with good success.
Coping techniques: habit reversal training (HRT)
Intended to increase tic awareness, develop a response strategy to the tic, and motivate the individual to keep a consistent and positive attitude to treatment. Controlled trials have demonstrated that HRT is an acceptable, tolerable, effective, and durable treatment for tics.
Coping techniques: relaxation
Exercise, yoga, or meditation may be useful as drug-free approaches to relieving the stress that may aggravate tics. Frequently, the tics subside with explanation, reassurance, and understanding of the condition in a supportive environment.
Tics can be, and often are, overcome with time. A combination of effective natural remedies and counseling is often the best recipe for success.