Natural Treatment for Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)

| Modified on Jun 30, 2021
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Tardive Dyskinesia, a condition that affects the nervous system, is typically caused by long-term use of certain psychiatric drugs.  Certain supplements and natural remedies can sometimes help the condition.

The condition is characterized by Involuntary muscle tics, the unfortunate consequence of long-term antipsychotic medication use.

Natural Supplements for Tardive Dyskinesia

Below are a few of the natural remedies that are commonly used to reduce or treat the symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia.

  • Branched Chain Amino Acids
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Gingko Biloba
  • Lecithin
  • Melatonin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin E
  • Piracetam

Earth Clinic Reader Suggestions

Joseph from Stockton, CA has over a decade of experience treating Tardive Dyskinesia in his son, as you will read below in our reader review section. His remedies worked for a number of years.

His regimen includes:

  • Manganese
  • BCAA
  • B6

Please write to us and let us know the remedies that you have tried to help treat TD and whether or not they worked. Thank you!

Manganese, BCAA, B6

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Posted by Joseph (Stockton, CA) on 06/26/2021 33 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Tardive Dyskinesia:

I strongly suggest, if just starting on Antipsychotic meds, that you also take manganese 15mg 3X daily.

There was a study of hundreds of Drs and thousands of patients for approx., 10yrs and 0.5 contracted Tardive Dyskinesia, I think it was a Dr Dawkins study. If you have TD this formula worked significantly for my son.

Week 1:

  • Take 1,000mg of BCAA (branch chain amino acid) 3X daily.
  • Take B6 100mg once daily.

Week 2:

  • Take 2,000mg BCAA 3Xdaily.
  • Take B6 100mg 3X Daily.

Once you feel significantly better, take that same dosage of pills for 3 months, this helped with no relapse.

Unfortunately, 2.5 yrs later the same formula doesn't work. There is another protocol where you start with Vit E 400iu and titration to 1600iu under doctor supervision. I haven't tried that yet. I myself am now searching to reduce Tardive Dyskinesia again, to no avail.

Replied by Art
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Melatonin is definitely worth considering and discussing with his doctor. In addition, the use of a high-quality fish oil could be additive as can caloric restriction, if feasible, could also be considered.

If the melatonin causes daytime tiredness, using melatonin suppositories can be discussed with his doctor and these are available online. Probiotics that contain clostridium butyricum or other butyrate-producing bacteria could be considered alongside a broad spectrum synbiotic. These five things are worth discussing with his doctor.


Replied by Art
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In my reply, I forgot to mention that there are studies to support these supplements for TD and that fact may be helpful when discussing them with his doctor.