Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Role of Homeopathy in the Management of Autism

M.A. Rajalakshmi BHMS, M.S.
Consultant Homeopathic Physician and Psychotherapist
Anjana Homeo Clinic
Faculty, Gokula AYUSH Arogyadhama, Center for Holistic Well-Being of M.S. Ramaiah Medical College & Hospital

Address: Bangalore

Source: The Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine™ ISSN: 1540-2584

Citation: M. Rajalakshmi : Role of Homoeopathy in the Management of Autism: Study of Effects of Homoeopathic Treatment on the Autism Triad . The Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine. 2008 Volume 6 Number 1
Autism is a disorder with a wide range of severities. The major issues that come up while dealing with autism are in the following areas: Firstly there are the behavioural issues such as hyperactivity, temper tantrums, poor attention span, decreased concentration and poor focusing. Secondly there are the speech, language and communication issues that are a major concern for parents. Thirdly there are the social skills impairment such as poor eye contact and poor interaction with peers. It has been seen that it is not possible to manage the above mentioned problems with just training alone. Learning is not possible when the child is hyperactive or is not able to focus or concentrate. Also the behavioural and communication problems may stem from an internal rather than an external cause that needs to be rectified. In such a situation it has been observed that with homoeopathic treatment the child's understanding, eye contact and in the long run, communication also improve. For example: In one case, a parent mentioned that she was trying to train her son in self care activities that was very tedious, as she had to make him do it step by step and he would forget it immediately. She would then have to repeat the whole process every day. But after homoeopathic treatment, she just had to ask him to do that activity and he would comply without making any mistakes as his understanding and receptive language skills had improved.
Homoeopathy and other natural treatments have recently come into focus as possible effective treatment modalities for autistic spectrum disorders. The book, Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homoeopathy by Amy Lansky is a case in point.
This study aims to throw light on how Homoeopathy can be used as an effective tool for the management of Autism.
In this paper I attempt to highlight the effectiveness of Homoeopathic treatment for autism with case studies, based on my experiences of treating Autism Spectrum Disorders in a special school setting where I worked as a consultant for four years and in my private practice.