What is Oromandibular dystonia? – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


Oromandibular dystonia is also known as cranial dystonia in some instances where forceful contractions of muscles of jaw, face and tongue result in involuntary movements, interfering with the closing and opening of the mouth. Speech and chewing is affected due to them. There are various types of dystonia depending upon the part of muscles they affect. In this article we have discussed the detailed description of Oromandibular dystonia and herbal remedies offered by Planet Ayurveda to manage and treat it naturally.


Oromandibular dystonia affecting the face, mouth and jaw is a rare focal neurological disorder. There occur atypical and rhythmic movements due to severe and lasting contractions of muscles in the jaw, mouth and face. It is the focal type of dystonia which affects only two or three parts of the body. Oromandibular dystonia affects the oral cavity and lower facial muscles. There occur sustained or repetitive prolonged and involuntary spasmodic movements of facial, tongue and masticator muscles. Oromandibular dystonia is jaw closing and opening, lingual dystonia or jaw deviating dystonia or combination of any of these. When oromandibular dystonia is present along with the dystonic movements of the upper face and blepharospasm, this condition is known as Meige’s syndrome.

Oromandibular dystonia is common in women as compared to the men and its signs and symptoms usually appear in later stages of life like around 40-70 years of age.

Signs and Symptoms

Due to contractions of muscle of face, mouth and jaw there are certain signs and symptoms reported in Oromandibular dystonia patients

  • Involuntary opening of mouth
  • Unable to open clenched jaw
  • Lower side of jaw shifts toward the back side or one side
  • Tongue moves involuntarily
  • Involuntary movements occur in lips and face
  • Slurred speech
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty in swallowing or chewing


Oromandibular dystonia can occur idiopathically where there is no apparent cause of family history present in the case. Also there can be secondary oromandibular dystonia seen in many cases where due to disorders like Wilson’s disease or consumption of certain drugs, this form of dystonia can occur. Some cases of inherited oromandibular dystonia are also reported.


Detailed physical examination, thorough medical history and neurological examination will help in the diagnosis of oromandibular dystonia. No exact test is present yet for the confirmed diagnosis of this disorder, however certain laboratory tests can help in it, like

  • Blood and urine test
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)
  • CT (Computed tomography) scan
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Genetic testing

Treatment of Oromandibular Dystonia

Oromandibular dystonia is treated in a highly individualized way as symptoms may vary from one person to other. Conventionally, the injection of botulinum toxin is given into the lateral pterygoid masseter and temporalis muscles to improve the chewing and speech. However there are certain side effects of this injection like difficulty in swallowing, marked weakness and slurred speech.

In Ayurveda, there are certain amazing herbs which have been used since ancient times to treat neurological conditions like oromandibular dystonia that are too natural. These herbs possess natural therapeutic properties for preventing and treating neurological disorders and maintain the healthy functioning of muscle and nerves. Ayurveda is the science of life hence along with treating the disease it also focuses on the overall health of an individual. All the doshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha should be in balance in order to prevail health and prevent diseases.

Herbal Remedies for Oromandibular Dystonia by Planet Ayurveda

It is a herbal pharmaceutical company which indulges in the production of herbal medicines and products. Planet Ayurveda is a well known name now in the Ayurveda field throughout the world as medicines and products manufactured here are being used by the people in different parts of the globe. Authenticity and quality of these products is maintained by following several quality check and standardization procedures which makes them more safe and effective to be used. For Oromandibular dystonia. Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal medicines that help in management and treatment of the disorder.

Products List

  1. Vrihat vat chintamani ras
  2. Boswellia curcumin
  3. Aamvatantak churna
  4. Energo Plan syrup
  5. Amritadi Guggul
Herbal Remedies for Oromandibular Dystonia

Products Description

1. Vrihat Vat Chintamani Ras

It is prepared from a combination of various bhasmas like Swarna bhasma, Loh bhasma, Rajata bhasma, etc. As per Ayurveda neurological disorders are caused due to imbalance of Vata dosha and these tablets help in bringing back the balance of Vata dosha, hence treating the disorder from root cause.

Dosage– Take 1 tablet twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia curcumin capsules are prepared from standardized extracts of two medicinal herbs, i.e. Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and active compound of Haridra (Curcuma longa), i.e. curcumin. These capsules help in treating inflammation and pain of muscles and joints and hence provide relief from pain present due to Oromandibular dystonia.

Dosage- Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water

3. Aamvatantak Churna

This herbal blend consists of various therapeutic herbs like- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), etc. Aamvatantak churna possesses medicinal properties likeanti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic properties that give relief from pain and swelling present in jaw, face and tongue.

Dosage- Take 1 teaspoon twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Energo Plan Syrup

This herbal syrup is prepared from different therapeutic herbs that imparts the energy level of an individual naturally and relieves weakness. Energoplan Syrup re-energizes, restores and rejuvenates the vitality of a person which is damaged in oromandibular dystonia. Various amazing herbs are used in this herbal syrup like Jeevanti (Leptadenia reticulata), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) etc.

Dosage- Take 2 teaspoonful twice daily after meals with plain water

5. Amritadi Guggul

These medicinal multi herbal tablets are used to treat various ailments of joints and muscles. Amritadi Guggul is prepared from amazing medicinal herbs like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Danti (Baliospermum montanum), Maricha (Piper nigrum) etc.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

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Oromandibular dystonia is a neurological disorder which affects the muscles of the face, jaw and tongue. This can be a very painful condition resulting in difficulty in speech and swallowing. Herbal remedies discussed above can help in treating and managing this neurological disorder in a safe and gentle way.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.