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Updated 2020    Suggestions for finding a practitioner

People frequently ask how to find a practitioner who can treat tic disorders along with, or without, standard drugs. It’s a difficult question to answer because there are important factors:

1) The severity and nature of the condition
2) The age of the patient
3) The location and willingness to travel
4) Insurance and financial resources

Also, because alternative research for tic disorders is lacking, most professionals in alternative or integrative health fields have not treated a lot of tic cases.

Sometimes people successfully help themselves or their child through self-education and basic wellness approaches. Others may decide to seek out a chiropractor, naturopath, or homeopath. Biofeedback is sometimes tried. You can search the Internet for a number of referral associations for these practitioners and receive explanations of their disciplines and services. Their backgrounds and training can vary greatly.

ACN has received the most positive feedback on the use of nutritional therapy, diet, and specialized allergy therapy for treating tic disorders including Tourette syndrome.  Avoidance of aggravating agents is key, whether in the diet or the environment. These types of practitioners can be of help to varying degrees depending on the issues involved. 

World Naturopathic Federation

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine

American College for the Advancement in Medicine

Functional Medicine

We regret that ACN is not in a position to offer personal referrals for families.

There are no hard and fast rules when looking for help. It is a matter of finding the right match for your situation. Word of mouth may be helpful. The search is often not easy, but it can be well worth the effort in many cases.

I sincerely hope every Forum reader finds the help they are looking for.

Sheila Rogers

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