An autistic child is one who has lost or never achieved ‘contact,’ or a ‘connect’ with other people and is totally withdrawn, or preoccupied with his/her own fancies or stereotyped behaviour.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.
The early signs of autism may emerge within the first three years of life
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.
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.