Last Modified on Feb 26, 2014
Tics are so upsetting, especially if a child is suffering from them, that home remedies are tirelessly sought. Tics may disappear with no treatment, but can also become chronic. A magnesium deficiency, which can be treated with a supplement, may cure the tic. Homeopathic medicine is another safe, non-invasive alternative cure. Finally, dietary triggers, if found and eliminated, can also prevent the tics from occurring.
What are Tics?
Tics are involuntary and repetitive movements related to distinct muscle groups; the tics can be motor tics (eye blinking or twitching) or vocal (involuntary sounds, words or throat clearing). The exact cause is unknown, but may be triggered in the brain by abnormal neurotransmitters. There is also a link to stress and sleep deprivation. Many tics are temporary, but chronic tics can indicate Tourette’s Syndrome.
Natural Remedies for Involuntary Movements
Many natural cures for tics were discovered when searching for a cure for Tourette’s Syndrome. Magnesium proved to be effective as part of a treatment program. Homeopathic remedies offered a solution to the involuntary movements for many who relied upon that alternative treatment. Searching and eliminating a dietary trigger or candida problem can eliminate the tic.
Magnesium has been successfully used as part of a natural treatment regimen for the involuntary movements (tics) of Tourette’s Syndrome. This natural cure is required by every organ in the body, especially the heart, but most people in the U.S. are magnesium deficient. Too little magnesium has been linked to increasing the risks for obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Magnesium is a natural remedy for asthma, depression, migraines and helps with heart problems; it also helps to detoxify the body. The amount of magnesium the body absorbs is determined by the B6 level in the body, so a B complex vitamin may be needed. Natural magnesium is found in foods that are high in fiber. If taking medications, check with a physician as magnesium is a powerful supplement and has adverse interactions with many common medications.
Homeopathic health practitioners find the unique remedy for their patient’s ailment that will activate the body’s natural healing mechanisms. This alternative treatment for tics has reported successes with curing tics. Some homeopathic practitioners said that the tics disappeared quickly, while others found it to be a chronic condition.
Find the Trigger
There are reports of people curing their tics naturally by identifying a trigger. Gluten-free diets helped cure tics completely in some cases. Too much sugar and Candida albicans have proven to be connected to tics in some families. Research linking a healthy digestive tract to a well-functioning central nervous system may explain the food/tic connection.
Finding an effective home cure for tics can be frustrating, but others have successfully eliminated tics. Treating a magnesium deficiency and discovering anything that might be triggering the tic may be the solution. Homeopathic medicine can also prove successful.
09/19/2013: Xyrus from Benguet, Philippines: "Good day everyone! My name is Sai from Baguio City, Philippines. I am in search for a cure to my son's nervous tics. I found out that Transdermal Magnesium Therapy might be of great help. In this regard, I would like to ask if laboratory grade magnesium chloride can be used to make magnesium oil? This is the only form of magnesium chloride readily available to us. By the way, a colleague is asking if sodium thiosulfate (also in laboratory grade form) can be used for household medications? Thank you so much and God bless everyone."Replies
09/21/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Xyrus (aka Sai)... concerning your son's tic problem, you ask if magnesium chloride will work for a subdermal application...
Well, why don't you just use epsom salts which is magnesium sulfate; that's drinkable and is the salt used for "bath" purposes. If you drink a tablespoon in a glass of water, likely you will spend some time in the bathroom contemplating whether a tablespoon was too much. At that level it is a laxative.
Now if you want to get the MgSO4 (mag sulfate or epsom salt) to go INTO the skin, by itself it will indeed soak into the body but for real absorption, you'd add a little DMSO to the "paste" which would carry the magnesium more efficiently. You can read about DMSO by googling: youtube 60 minutes DMSO Dr Jacobs and get a three part explanation.
I know epsom salts are available in the Philippines. Epsome salts are worldwide."
09/21/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Xyrus, I don't know about the sodium thiosulfate, but the magnesium chloride, mixed with water IS magnesium oil."
[YEA] 09/22/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "To Xyrus: If you google "magnesium oil" you'll find it is magnesium chloride and added water. That doesn't make what most people think of as an "oil" but rather just a watery looking liquid. Just like magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) which must be diluted in water. That makes a liquid too, not an oil.
So you have what you need to make your own transdermal application. Either will absorb into the skin. The main point is the magnesium deficiency can be overcome with regular applications of either.
Magnesium is a wonder worker. In times of our grandparents the by word about magnesium was that if a person was anxious or tense or irritable, a comment would be made, "He needs his salts. " Meaning an epsom salts bath to absorb the magnesium. It is a calmer; a heart critical mineral; a brain enhancer and on and on.
If I'm ever asked about the key to heart health, by the way, I'll emphasize two things; natural Vitamin E, and magnesium."
09/22/2013: Xyrus from Benguet, Philippines replies: "Hi Dave. Thank you so much for your reply. I appreciate it so much. Do you think laboratory grade MgCl2 can be made into the MgCl2 Oil? Again, thank you so much."
09/23/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello again Xyrus,
Yes the Magnesium Chloride is made into the so called Magnesium Oil, by merely adding water. There are a number of web sites on this; just google "making magnesium oil" and you'll find what you are looking for.
Best to you and your son, Dave"
[YEA] 06/08/2011: Adk Mama from Long Lake, Ny-usa: "Just a note regarding magnesium and Tourettes.... A friend of mine has a little boy who began exhibiting tics with his head and neck. He and his parents were frustrated because they were reluctant to keep him on the meds prescribed for him as he became more irritable and clumsy. His parents took him off the meds and began supplementing his diet with a magnesium supplement every evening. I had recommended they check with their doctor to try magnesium and fish oil as we use these supplements for our family (but not for tics, only muscle cramps etc. ). He is not taking fish oil yet.
The very noticable tics have disappeared, he is now able to sleep through the night, has no headache complaints now and is performing better academically. He seems like a different child... Happier. He has only been taking the magnesium for around 2 weeks now. Best wishes to you all!"Replies
06/08/2011: Earth Clinic Fan from Grateful, Usa replies: "What kind of magnesium? Bless you for posting this wonderful information!"
06/09/2011: Adk Mama from Long Lake, Ny-usa replies: "Hello! I believe she purchased basic magnesium supplements at a pharmacy-250 mg... He takes one crushed up in applesauce in the evening. It has been remarkable thus far!"
11/29/2012: Tiffany from Mason replies: "I am 48 years old and have some for of tic issue all of my life. I read about taking more magnesium from different web sites and within a few days of adding it along with zinc to my diet and reducing my caffeine intake I feel like a different person. No more embarassing facial expressions, sounds etc. Kudos to the people who shared this priceless information."
08/04/2013: Vineet from India replies: "Does this really work. I have facial tics for the last three years. I need to get rid of them. Please help me out!!"
02/22/2014: Tewald from Detroit, Mi replies: "I've had Tourette's for 50+ years. Some people outgrow it - mine has gotten much worse in recent years. Unfortunately, I also have a medical condition that keeps me from sleeping well, so I need caffeine during the day. That's probably aggravating it. I do take magnesium for leg cramps at night; I will try increasing it."
11/22/2012: Theresa from San Diego, Ca: "Hi, my son has had motor tics (eye blinking, neck to chest, shoulder twitch) on and off since he was 7 (he's 17 now). There is no known cure and it is caused by a disconnect of the nerves (synapsis). Some call it Tourette's Syndrome, but it actually isn't (Tourette's is both motor and verbal). It is hereditary, and more common in males as you probably know. Stressful situations seem to make the tics happen more frequently. We have tried medications (guanfacine and _) which did not help. I brought him to a habit reversal therapist who diagnosed him as having an "overactive brain" meaning he needs more stimuli than most people to function normally. I've read recently hypnosis and magnesium help. Any input is appreciated."Replies
11/22/2012: Citizen from Amsterdam, Netherlands replies: "I remember reading years ago that tics are a result of an extreme zinc deficiency... maybe muscle testing will help determine this...."
11/22/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Theresa, I found what you had to say about your son quite interesting. My son began to show tics at about 7 as well. I always thought it was interesting because they would change over time- from one tic to a different one. He was very different as a person but I never thought of anything as a disorder but rather, that he was unusual. Socially, I could see he felt awkward often but I worked to help him integrate.
The tics seem to heighten when he felt stressed. I noticed that they wouldn't be quite as apparent when he'd done a lot of physical exercise. He was an avid rollerblade hockey player in his youth and then at about 10 became intensely interested in skateboarding. He was always an exceptional student and as your therapist said, I think he always had an "overactive brain" and has always needed a lot of stimuli both physically and mentally.
At any rate, he is now 27, has been happily married to a very wonderful young woman who is gentle and sensitive and he is now at UCLA studying English as his major. He helps run a very successful skateboarding company in charge of both media and sales. All of us who are family and close friends see his tics as just part of his package and we have all learned to laugh about them, including himself.
Anyway, I just thought I'd give you this input- just be there in support of him and help him to learn to be comfortable with himself. He will be fine. Best to you, Lisa"
11/25/2012: Tapike from San Augustine, Texas replies: "If there is a disconnect between the synapses in the brain, it could be because the nerves are not getting the proper nutrition. There are some good herbal nerve formulas (usually in tincture form) available to take internally & to massage in at the base of the brain. Several well-known herbalists have such formulas available (tho you can make your own). I won't mention names, but formulas by J. R. C. & R. S. are supposed to work very well.
There are other herbs & supplements that are supposed to help improve brain functioning & they may help to correct the "imbalance" your son has.
You might also try other forms of therapy such as brain entrainment (several forms are available including combinations) which consist of regularly listening to special CDS or MP3s.
Electronic Rife treatments may also help to relieve the tics & correct the "imbalance. " There are several low cost alternatives available using the Rife treatments, without having to purchase one of the over-priced machines sold online.
I will also mention magnetic treatment as another alternative, but please take the time to read up on this & other natural treatments from a variety of written sources & don't rush into anything.
I know a young man locally who has suffered tics for a long time. I noticed that he also suffered from a very bad case of acne, especially on his back & shoulders. He grew up on a farm, working in chicken houses. I've never approached him about it, but I've always had a feeling that the reason for his tics could possibly be due to some type of contamination his body picked up working in the chicken houses & that the severe acne he had might be some type of reaction of the body trying to get rid of the contaminaton, just as the tics were a reaction.
So, you might also check with a naturopath or allergist to rule out substances that could cause severe allergic reactions such as a tic. This should include both food & environmental substances."
03/18/2011: Healthy Momma from Wonder Puddle, Usa: "Greetings! I love this website and visit frequently for suggestions and feedback on ways to treat my family's illnesses and issues, but this time I'm not finding much! Please help!
My husband, who is currently in his early 30's, was diagnosed with Tourettes around the age of 8. The Tourettes went away on its own when my husband was around 11. He had multiple tics, such as excessive eye blinking, throat clearing, shoulder jerking, etc. He feels that the tics are coming back now.
I have no idea if the following is in any way related, but he was recently very sick with what a Dr. diagnosed as a bacterial infection, but seemed like a horrendous flu. My husband is never sick. He usually has a very solid immune system. An illness that has everyone dropping like flies doesn't usually touch him. Well this time it did and he was given the Z-pack. After that had no results the Dr. then diagnosed him with a urinary tract infection on top of the bacterial infection and gave him two different muscle relaxants and Levaquin. It just seems very suspicious to me that for a man who has never been sick throughout our 13 year relationship/marrige, that the one time he is sick, not only is he terribly ill, but his tics begin to resurface.
We would really appreciate some advice on natural ways to control or mitigate these tics! Please help!"
08/11/2012: Jo from Spanaway, Wa: "Wanted to share, I found that if I have my son soak in a epsen or sea salt bath (sea salt seems to work better) after he has gone swimming it seems to get rid of the chemicals from the pool and the facial tics don't become a problem. Hope this helps!"
Vitamin D, Magnesium, Vitamin A
[YEA] 12/11/2009: Sid Davis from Springfield, Missouri, Usa: "While visiting my daughter at Thanksgiving time 2008, we noticed my then 7 year old grandson was making strange involuntary movements with his head. He would with some frequency jut his chin forward and upward, and then move it a little from side to side to stretch his neck. Again when we returned at Christmas time it was even worse, being more frequent when he was quiet than when active. It continued until summer of 2009 and suddenly by mid summer disappeared.
We noticed that the head movements began again by the end of October, 2009, this time with the addition of movements with his fingers like he was hand milking a cow. He complained of his fingers hurting from the movements which he could not stop.
My first thought was that there might be a seasonal factor or possible either the physical or emotional environment at school. One thing I thought about was the florescent lights in the school which are not full spectrum.
As an experiment in early November, 2009, we began giving him 2,000IU vitamin D3 capsules, three a day since he weighed about 80lbs. Our thinking was that maybe he was getting enough vitamin D from the sun in the summer, but not in the autumn and winter. An after some more research we added one 250mg Magnesium tablet per day beginning a few weeks later and a 5,000IU vitamin A capsule every other day.
So here we are 10 days into December, and for the last week we have not noticed any tics. I realize it is harder to observe something that isn't there than to notice something that is, so we are tentative in our certainty about this cure working, but excited nonetheless.
I will post again in two months, hopefully to confirm that this truly has worked. If anyone else is experiencing this problem, please post your results if you try the vitamin D3, Magnesium, Vitamin A treatment."
04/08/2010: Mary from San Antonio, Tx replies: "Sid Davis from Springfield, Missouri could you give me an update on your grandson? Have the supplements alleviated his tics? Thank you, I hope he is doing well."
09/16/2010: Tina from Dayton, Oh replies: "I am curious why vitamin A would help? Anyone have any other remedies that have helped with tics? my son is having problems with facial tics and there isn't a lot of reference on here with tics."
02/16/2011: Joe from Spanaway, Wa replies: "My son started to have facial tics about three years ago. All the doctors told me that there was nothing I could do and to ignore it. As a mom I knew somthing was not right. He was sensitive to everything food, chemicals etc. I took him to a natural path and he had a over growth of candida and fungal. After getting rid of the over growth the facial tics and be sensitive to everthing disappeared. When he is low in magnesium he does start to have mild facial tics and a ton of spinach seems to do the trick. Another thing I have noticed when he goes swimming in a chlorinated pool he starts to have tics, has anyone had this happen?"
06/27/2011: Sparklyfox from San Antonio , Tx replies: "I am a 34 yo female and my first observed tics were in a pool. That was a very profound statement I've always wondered why did my tics start randomly then. I was swimming which was a pleasant summer activity at my grandmother's pool with friend. It was low in the way of stress and I was about seven."
03/28/2012: Nmarie from Tampa, Florida replies: "Yes, my son's tics were made worse when he was in a chlorinated pool. Wondering if the chemicals exasperated the problem."
03/17/2013: Christine from Charlotte, Nc replies: "I found that there was a particular television show that was causing my son's tics. It was not that fast paced or crazy, but it did something to him. Once we stopped allowing him to watch that show, the tics dissappeared. We also just stopped all television for awhile, for good measure."