Authored by Malcolm Tatum in Child and Teen Health
Published on 12-29-2009
Autism is a situation that often manifests itself in early childhood and continues on into adulthood. Depending on the severity and type of symptoms experienced, the use of various homeopathic remedies can help alleviate discomfort and help the individual suffering with this ailment to find it easier to relate to other people and the world in general. Here are some suggestions.
One of the ways that autism manifests itself is the presence of sudden fits of rage and irritability. Here, the use of herbs can sometimes help soothe the mind and make it a little easier for the autistic child to process audio and visual data that otherwise triggers frustration and hostile outbursts. Chamomile is known for helping to alleviate the anxiety and desperation that is often the foundation of the hostile behavior, inducing a state that soothes overloaded nerves without interfering with the ability to process the sights and sounds that are occurring around the autism sufferer.
Depression is often found among people who live with autism. When this is the case, the use of homeopathic remedies that combine different types of herbs used to fight depression are sometimes helpful. A combination that includes St. Johns Wort, lemon balm, scullcap, or valerian root can go a long way toward not only helping to ease the troubled mind, but also promote more restful sleep. Since sleep deprivation is one of the potential causes for depression, remedies of this type not only help to address the immediate concern, but also help to treat the underlying condition that helped the depression develop in the first place.
Cognitive abilities are often impaired when autism is present. This means that the use of various remedies that help to feed the nervous system and the brain can be very beneficial. For example, herbal teas that make use of herbs rich in zinc and magnesium can have a noticeable effect on some autism patients. In addition, herbs that contain significant amounts of the B vitamins can also help make it easier to relate to the world in general, and allow the autistic child or adult to interact with others with greater ease.
Diet is also very important when treating patients with autism. A homeopathic physician is likely to recommend a diet that eliminates processed sugars. In addition, reducing or eliminating glutens as well as caseins can help minimize problems with irritability or sudden hostile outbursts. It is not uncommon for rice products to be substituted for other starches, as well as some dairy products. Another approach involves eliminating foods that contain dyes or any type of artificial ingredients. With this approach, the emphasis is on preparing meals that make use of organic vegetables and meats, rather than relying on frozen or canned foods.
Effectively creating the right homeopathic course of treatment depends on accurately assessing the condition of the patient. A competent homeopathic physician will rely on various methods to determine what treatments are in the best interests of the patient, as well as those that are likely to produce the most desirable results. In some cases, the recommendation may be to combine Western medical treatments with complementary homeopathic strategies, in order to allow the patient to enjoy the highest quality of life.