This was a case where, although the primary complaint was stuttering, we
did not emphasize stuttering in making the prescription, since Calcarea
carbonica fit the essence, totality, and keynotes so well. However, here
is some more useful information about other homeopathic remedies to consider
Mercurius is considered a very important remedy for a
stuttering which comes out of hesitancy. Often there is a trembing of the mouth
and tongue. The person may feel quite agitated at being asked a question and
become overly excited, hurried, and embarrassed. This may be associated with an
overall hesitancy, lack of confidence, and shyness.
Stramonium is more appropriate for a violent, choppy type of
stammering, where the words seems to shoot out with harshness. The individual
may have to exert him or herslf a long time before uttering even a word. There
may also be facial contortions, grimaces, and tics and a generally violent
Causticum is another common remedy for stammering after
excitement or nervousness. This may be seen with hoarseness, chronic clearing
of the throat, and twitches of the face, particularly of the right side. There
may even be a paralysis of the vocal chords.
Belladonna is used in rapid, interrupted speech,
which may be accompanied by a kind of intoxication, and indistinct speech with
difficulty breathing and great tiredness.
Nux vomica is likely to be needed in a case of stuttering
after overwork or overindulgence.
There may be a considerable amount of irritability and frustration.
Selenium can be useful for a kind of stammering where
the person makes mistakes in talking, says the wrong syllables, and cannot
articulate some words at all. This may be seen in Alzheimer's.
Aconite should be the first remedy to consider when a
person is speechless from fright.
There is often little allopathic medicine has to offer in cases of
stuttering. As you can see, homeopathy may be a very effective answer in such
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