Stammering

Stammering is a condition in which a person hesitates in the act of speaking and being unable for a time to pronounce certain syllable or repeating the same syllable over and over.

Stammering is not due to any defect in the brain or in the speech organs, and may be described as! functional disease, or a bad habit, or a sign of diffidence, It begins in childhood and is a practice which one child learns fromanother, just as any peculiarity of speech in one person is liable to be unconsciously mimicked by another. The actual cause of stammering is lack of co┬Čordination between the various parts concerned in speech. The organs or speech are the chest, correspond┬Čing to the bellows of a harmonium, the larynx, corresponding to the keys and the changes in the mouth effected by the tongue, palate, lips, etc. which correspond to the stops of the organ which modulate the notes. Just as all the three parts of the organ must work in co-ordination, so should the chest, the larynx and the production of sound by the lips, the tongue and the palate.

So much for the traditional view of stammering. The defect is due to a nervous state in reality and must be psychologically treated. The first step is to see that the nervous system is in perfect shape and is in full control of bodily functions as it should be. For that, one has to get rid of the malfunctioning of the body.

The cause of stammering is not known. Brain damage, anxiety and genetic factors play a role in the development of stuttering in certain cases. Stammering may occur when a combination of factors come together and may have different causes in different people. The current research is focussed on the connection between stammering and the neurological coordination of speech. Lot of research has been made about the factors, which contribute to its development in the areas of genetics, neurophysiology, child development, and family dynamics.

Stammering can take the form of repetition of syllables or words, or of blocks in the production of speech. This condition is not usually associated with a psychiatric disorder. However, it can cause stress and embarrassment to the individual. In younger children, attention should be diverted away from the stammer, in the expectation of spontaneous improvement. In older children speech therapy may be necessary; formal exercises, such as syllable timed speech, may be taught. Stammering is a communication difficulty, not just a speech problem it can undermine a childs confidence as well as affect social, educational and employment potentials. Boys are four times more likely to stammer than girls.

Treatment:

Stammering is also due to, though in a lesser measure, lack of co-ordination among the three organs of speech. Establish that co-ordination. If there is any involuntary tremor in your tongue or jaw in the process of pronunciation, let it pass before you articulate your words. The best way to tone up the muscles of the jaw is to put your index finger in the throat and move your lower jaw. Move it slowly in a downward motion; relax the tension of the jaw muscles. Continue this exercise till the mouth does not open without your larynx coming into action.

Sit with a mirror and let the light be on your back. Reflect the sunlight through the mirror into your open mouth. Breathe deeply and open your mouth slowly. Reflect the mirror on your tongue. It should be sticking to the lower part of the mouth, if you have been doing your exercises properly. Loosen your tongue: it should never be stiff. If it is, stammering will result. Articulate the Hindi words Kya ho. It is a good exercise to improve the functioning of your tongue.

Home Remedies:

1. Eating a fresh Goosebery daily is helpful in curing stammering. A Spoon of dry Gooseberry powder with a spoon of pure Ghee taken in the morning is also helpful in curing Stammering.
2. Dip 12 Almonds overnight and peel them in the morning. Grind them and eat with 30 grams of pure butter. Continue this for few months to overcome stammering.
3. Grind 10 Almonds and 10 whole Black peppers with a piece of Sugar candy and take it for some days to overcome Stammering.
4. Eating dry Dates before going to bed but avoid drinking water for a least 2 hours, also helps to clear the voice and cures Stammering.

Diet tips for stammering:

Cinnamon : Chewing and sucking cinnamon provides relief from stammering.

Amla : Chewing fresh amla is helpful in curing stammering of children. The tongue becomes thinner and the speech becomes clear. Mix a tsp. of amla powder with clarified butter and lick it daily. It will help overcome stammering.

Ayurvedic Home remedies for Stammering:

Vallarai is a herb that is found in shades in villages. A few coriander seeds and palm candy are placed inside 3 or 4 vallarai leaves and chewed. Also vallarai leaves can be dried in shade and powdered. This powder taken regularly helps reduce stammering. Paste made by grinding the leaves can also be taken with milk. It is surprising to note that the shape of vallarai leaf resembles the human brain.

Cows ghee is also recommended by Ayurveda to cure stammering. According to Ayurveda texts cow’s ghee acts positively in the sphere of memory, speech, knowledge, wisdom etc. To sense things, store them in memory, express things coherently from memory etc all belong to this domain. Hence cows ghee is used in preparation of medicines that help improve memory, cure stammering, stuttering etc.

Saaraswatha choornam half a teaspoon and brahmi kirutham one and half teaspoon are mixed in honey. This mixture is then placed inside rice balls and taken internally and masticated well. For this purpose it is recommended that you have rice along with hot sambar and rasam as breakfast. After breakfast, saraswatharishtam 30 ml should be taken.

Apply warm brahmi oil on top of head and allow it to soak for about 30 to 45 minutes. Afterwards bathe using warm water. This process helps improve memory as well clear stuttering and stammering.

Reference: HealthOnclick