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How Homeopathy can help Autism?

An autistic child is one who has lost or never achieved ‘contact,’ or a ‘connect’ with other people and is totally withdrawn, or preoccupied with his/her own fancies or stereotyped behaviour. Homeopathy can help bring about a positive change in the child and, in turn, the family, no less.

 

Contrary to popular perception, autism is not a mental disorder but a developmental behavioural disorder. It is usually seen in infancy or early childhood.

The disorder occurs along a spectrum with symptoms and characteristics hovering from the mild to severe. No two individuals with autism are alike, even in the way their disorder presents itself.

Catch early signs of Autism

The early signs of autism may emerge within the first three years of life

  • The child may look at one object constantly
  • Does not give eye contact on calling
  • Does not respond to their name
  • Does not give social smile
  • Does not recognise family members
  • Is steeped in their own world.

Look out for these later

  • Annoying inflexibility of behaviour
  • Poor verbal expression; uses gestures to indicate needs
  • Repeats words or phrases
  • Laughs or cries without apparent reason or cause
  • Prefers solitude
  • Throws tantrums
  • Difficult social interaction with kids of their own age and elders
  • No eye contact while communicating
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  • Failure to perceive danger, which could lead to jumping from a high place, or playing with pointed objects
  • Physical hyperactivity or under-activity
  • Underdeveloped fine motor skills
  • In spite of normal hearing, unresponsive to verbal instructions
  • Attracted to spinning objects
  • Inappropriate possessiveness for objects
  • Oversensitivity or under-sensitivity to pain
  • Screaming and shouting out of proportion
  • Repeats the same words (echolalia).

Healing With Homeopathy

Treatment, whatever the nature of therapy, is usually slow and gradual; it also requires careful case management skills. What often compromises treatment outcomes are extreme anxiety, desperation, and often dysfunctional elements in families having an autistic child. This is because of stress and financial pressures emerging from the complex situation. Impatience with treatment is also a factor that actually works against parental expectations and other realities.

Clinicians recommend a host of interventions, including diet, nutritional supplements, behavioural and auditory therapies, osteopathy and craniosacral treatment. Most treatments focus on the myriad symptoms (e.g., gut problems), rather than treating the underlying cause of  the disease.

Homeopathy is a relatively new mode of therapeutic intervention in the treatment of autism and its merits still remain outside of the realm of the general population for a variety of reasons - right from the politics of medicine to professional and informational bias.

All autistic children should ideally be treated with homeopathy primarily for three reasons.

  • First, conventional treatment with psychiatric drugs is meant to only calm the autistic child, not cure him/her
  • Second, autism is really a spectrum. It is caused by a variety of disorders, neurological, or biochemical. With precise homeopathic treatment, most cases could move in the right direction, although the degree of autism need not correspond with the degree of cure. In other words, some mild cases may experience only partial benefits whereas severe cases may benefit totally from homeopathic treatment
  • Third, most adjuvant (that which enhances medical benefit) therapies, such as diet and nutrition, seemto work much better after homeopathic treatment. Besides, the benefits of sensory integration therapy, which seeks to treat sensory processing disorders, are amplified by the action of a suitable homeopathic remedy.

Homeopathic medicines do not merely act on any one particular organ of the individual, but have a much deeper and central action on one’s psycho- endocrinological and psycho-immunological axis.

Homeopathy works well to correct the autistic child’s accentuated state of sensitivity. It helps to improve their fine motor skills as well as enhance their perceptual difficulties.

Behaviour modification through homeopathic medicines has been well-documented. Research suggests that carefully selected homeopathic medicines bring about a qualitative change for a wide range of symptoms in autistic children. It also helps in behaviour adjustment to reduce the child’s hyperactivity, irritability, or the urge for violence.

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