Scope Of Homeopathy In The Management Of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Symptoms of AUTISM vary widely in individuals. Impairment in social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior are the CHARACTERISTICS of autism, which reflect a disorder of ‘neural development’.
Autism Spectrum Disorders are considered to affect information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize, but the exact causes and biological mechanism of this process is not so far well understood.
Even though autism has a strong genetic basis, it is not an INHERITED GENETIC DISEASE. It is not associated with any inherited chromosome abnormality. Rather, it is the ‘mutational’ outcome of EPIGENETIC factors influencing the neuron development during the early stages of fetal development and post natal period. Many factors known to be taratogens that cause BIRTH DEFECTS are also associated with development of autism.
Environmental causes, drugs, heavy metals, pesticides maternal and childhood vaccines, maternal and pre-natal infections, emotional shocks in mothers, alcoholism, illicit drugs, smoking – there are a lot of factors belonging to EPIGENETIC SPECTRUM of causes that lead to autism in a child. Certain foods, solvents, diesel exhaust, phthalates and phenols used in plastic products, pesticides, insect repellents, brominated flame retardants are also supposed to be implicated. ANTIBODIES formed in maternal body against diverse types of infections and alien proteins also have to be included in this list, which from a homeopathic angle indicates strong MIASMATIC basis for autism.
Any chemical molecule that may bind to enzymes involved in bio-molecular processes of genetic expressions associated with DEVELOPMENT OF NEURONS and SYNAPSES during pre-natal and post-natal phases of infants may lead to development of autism.
RADIATIONS that are composed of particles that carry enough kinetic energy to liberate an electron from an atom or molecule, can produce changes in various biological molecules and liberate hyperactive super oxides. These super oxide radicals bind to enzymes associated with GENETIC EXPRESSION, chromosome folding, histone methylation etc, leading to various EPIGENETIC errors. If these EPIGENNETIC errors happen during developmental stages of NEURONS and SYNAPSES, it may lead to AUTISM
Symptoms belong to Following characteristics:
Stereotypy is repetitive movement, such as hand flapping, head rolling, or body rocking.
Compulsive behavior is intended and appears to follow rules, such as arranging objects in stacks or lines.
Sameness is resistance to change; for example, insisting that the furniture not be moved or refusing to be interrupted.
Ritualistic behavior involves an unvarying pattern of daily activities, such as an unchanging menu or a dressing ritual. This is closely associated with sameness and an independent validation has suggested combining the two factors.
Restricted behavior is limited in focus, interest, or activity, such as preoccupation with a single television program, toy, or game.
Self-injury includes movements that injure or can injure the person, such as eye poking, skin picking hand biting, and head banging.
Homeopathic prescriptions should be based on TOTALITY OF SYMPTOMS, combined with a CAUSATIVE and MIASMATIC approach.
Symptoms in autistic child varies widely, and should be carefully recorded by directed OBSERVATIONS by the physician, and talking to CARE GIVERS.
Symptoms noted during earlier stages of disease development should be carefully collected. Emotional disturbances, infectious diseases, vaccinations and drugs to which mother has been exposed to during pregnancy have to be considered.
Peculiar GESTURES are most important in deciding the prescription. Emotional symptoms, symptoms associated with sleep positions and patterns, eating habits and peculiar cravings, abnormal fears and forebodings, thermal responses etc also are important.
You can never deal with autism by SINGLE DRUG approach. Multiple drugs will be required, depending up on symptoms, miasms and causative factors. Do not hesitate to use any number of drugs if indicated, and repeat doses frequently for long periods. Use only potencies 12c or above. Never use low potencies and mother tinctures. According to my view, 30C is the ideal potency. I use to mix all indicated drugs together to dispense as a single preparation.
Since AUTISM is not associated with chromosome abnormalities, it is CURABLE with homeopathy. It is an EPIGENETIC disease. Only problem is, the disease should be diagnosed and treatment started at very early stage of development. Earlier we start, better the chances of complete cure.
We can effectively prevent the birth of autistic children by regular administration of homeopathic drugs selected on the basis of physical generals and mentals to mothers right from the early months of pregnancy. Molecular imprints contained in appropriately selected homeopathic drugs can deactivate the exogenous and endogenous pathogenic molecules that act as epigenetic factors affecting the genetic expression processes associated with the development of neurons and synapses in infants, thereby preventing autism. This knowledge should be widely propagated and practiced as part of routine homeopathic pregnancy management protocol by homeopathic physicians.
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