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Manage ADHD with Homeopathy

Generally children are mischievous, inquisitive, exploring and can be easily distracted but when it crosses a threshold it can be quite taxing to the parents as these children may be suffering from a condition known as  ADHD or Attention Deficiency Hyperactive Disorder.

ADHD is a behavioural disorder in which the child has

  • Deficiency in Attention- child has very little focus, cannot complete a task because of his poor attention span. The child is not consistent in his efforts and is usually disorganized.
  • Hyperactivity- child is constantly restless, cannot sit in one place, always fidgety, always running here and there, pulling things, being busy fruitlessly. Impatient, he has difficulty in waiting for his turn. Quite impulsive in action, does things without thinking of consequences.

Why it occurs is not known but various risk factors have been identified, primary among them being:

  • Positive family history- where several studies show that ADHD runs in family establishing genetic link
  • Child born prematurely or with low birth weight seem to have increased risk
  • Injuries to the brain especially to the frontal lobe, the part of the brain which controls behaviour and emotions may lead to ADHD.
  • Impairment in Dopamine metabolism- a neuro transmitter material present in brain, is thought to be a cause for ADHD
  • Pregnancy history- antenatal exposure to smoking, drinking, environmental toxins, stress, infections etc are also suspected to play a role in ADHD.

How can we identify ADHD as generally children are known to be naughty? Diagnosis of ADHD cannot be established by any blood tests or scans. It is only diagnosed when the child persistently displays at least six to seven symptoms of ADHD in various settings for a period of more than six months and with the help of physical examination and detailed questionnaires based on DSM-V guidelines.  Depending on the primary symptoms displayed by the child, they may be grouped under:

  • Primarily Attention Deficiency: here as the name is suggesting child mainly lacks focus on performing an activity, gets easily distracted, they work may be incomplete or make careless mistakes in their work, are usually disorganized, forget their belongings or daily activities, cannot stay on a topic for a long time and in school going kids teachers frequently complain of incomplete class work or home work.
  • Primarily Hyperactive: where the kid is constantly on move, they have poor sitting tolerance, always move here and there, constantly fidgety, pulling things, jumping, running, so much so that parents or care takers may find it tiring to keep up with them.
  • Primarily Impulsive: the child finds it difficult to await his turn. They are always in a hurry, they may jump out of the lift even before it completely stops, blurt out answers even before teacher completes the question, tries to butt in between conversations, may appear clumsy as they may keep breaking/dropping things or falling because of their hurriedness.
  • Combined type: in which child may display both attention deficiency and hyperactivity.

How Homeopathy can help?  The principle behind homeopathy treatment is to cure the person not the disease. Medications are given after a detailed case taking based on person emotional, mental and physical symptoms along with assessing the birth and parental history and careful clinical observations including observing the child’s behaviour, social and communication skills and his reaction to stimulus.  There are many medications in homeopathy for helping in managing ADHD. Some of the important medications in are:

  • Merc Sol – well suited to restless, impulsive and anxious disposition constitution. Restlessness, anxiety increase in evening and night. Slow in answering questions. Inclination to contradict and quarrel. Prone to dysenteric stools. Profuse, offensive perspiration. Sensitive to any slight change in temperature.
  • Strammonium– constant restlessness and anxiety. Gets affected by trifles. Mischievous child, full of pranks alternating with sadness. Sudden bouts of laughter and crying. Violent rage accompanied with shrieking, hitting and biting. Tremendous fear especially of darkness.
  • Hyoscyamus– Restlessness. Loquacious kids, constantly blabbering, talks irrelevantly. Forgetful, weak memory. Immoderate or silly laughing. Prone to sudden violent anger, biting and hitting others. Jealousy and suspiciousness.
  • Tarentula– Much excited with music. Desire to run about, dance and jump. Constant motions of limbs especially lower limbs and head. Anger with violence, anger on contradiction.
  • Tuberculinum– Destructive child, prone to anger tantrums. Selfish, obstinate and aggressive children. Constant change in mood, one moment happy, next moment sad. Desires travel. Children prone to frequent colds and cough.

A Successful Case Study of Autism and Vaccination – Dr. A M Reddy

Autism and Vaccination A Case Study:

The role of vaccination and the development of autism in children has been quite controversial.  While the advocates of vaccinations claim that vaccination has no link in the development of autism and blame it more on genetics the nay sayers claim otherwise. In all these parents are caught in a dilemma to get their child vaccinated or not.  No doubt vaccines have played an important role in protecting children from many killer diseases like smallpox, polio, diphtheria etc, and helped to improve the overall immunity of the society but in some sensitive children, the same vaccines have created ill-effects. As the number of vaccines a child is receiving is increased, so is the incidence of autism among children. Though the exact cause for Autism is not known many factors have been suspected, primary among them being genetics and environmental factors. In some children, parents complain of severe regression of speech or speech delay, behavioural abnormalities, oversensitiveness to stimulus, social withdrawal or communication impairment have been noticed especially after MMR vaccine and the certain type of flu shots. It is suspected that Thimerosal, mercury-based adjuvant added to vaccines could affect the neurological system, though now-a day’s Thimerosal is avoided in vaccines. Homeopathically it is believed that in a few sensitive children having the predisposition, the vaccination seems to trigger their immune system in the adverse way leading to autism or other complications. It does not mean all vaccines are bad or all children suffer ill effects of vaccination, but certainly, the number of vaccines the child is being subjected to within first one year is certainly a cause for concern.

A Case study:

Five years old Pearl* was the first child of her parents. She was born by C- section and after birth, everything appeared to be normal. Pearl was growing fine except for some cold and cough once in three months. She was very active and could recognize alphabets, , and numbers, and use to babble few rhymes. She enjoyed the company and was usually very cheerful but as she was nearing two years parents observed that there was a sudden regression in speech and she was not responding to call. There were other behaviour abnormalities noticed like she became very restless, was frequently throwing tantrums and banging her head. Doctors diagnosed her condition to be moderate autism to their shock. They started therapies, gluten, and casein free diet and medications but the improvement was not much. She would not sleep in the night and doctors advised them mild sedatives. Parents were much depressed seeing their daughter’s condition.

Best Homeopathy Treatment for Autism:

On the recommendation of their friends, they visited Dr. A M Reddy for treating their daughter. A detailed case study as per homeopathy was taken in which history of vaccination with Hepatitis A and MMR given just prior to regression of speech and behavioural abnormalities was elicited. Basing this as cause for triggering autism in the child and the child’s desires, behaviour patterns a dose of Zincum Ars 10 M was given and was asked to come after fifteen days. In the subsequent visit when she came into the doctor’s chamber she was calm in contrast to her first visit when she created havoc in the room by throwing things around, pulling chairs and trying to hit the staff. She sat calmly in her mother’s lap observing her surroundings. Her sleep improved and she could sleep for few hours without sedatives, though head banging and excitability was still present. She was on a regular follow up on a monthly basis and there was steady improvement in the girl except for one episode of increased hyperactivity and head banging when Zincum Ars was again repeated. After 10 months of treatment parents were advised to start speech therapy to her, and at about one year of treatment she started speaking few words, her response to simple commands and social interaction improved.

What is Autism? How do You teach an Autistic child to talk?

Are there any treatments for Autism? Homeopathy Treatment For Autism!

Would my child ever call me ‘Mamma’? Cried Mrs. Paul*. John** was more than 3 1/2 years old and was the only child to his parents. When he was born five years after married life the parent’s happiness knows no bounds. John was delivered by C-section and apparently, everything was normal until John was 18 months old when it became obvious that he was not like any other kid. The usual social response to calls was absent; there was no eye contact and whatever few words he was babbling earlier also stopped. When John was diagnosed to be Autistic by the pediatricians, the world around them seems to have collapsed. Parents consulted many doctors; put him through various therapies and diet but they did not get any sustainable result. Finally, they visited our clinic after watching Dr. A M Reddy’s video talk on Autism and Homeopathy as the last hope. They had many questions in their mind, would homeopathy work when other systems seemingly failed. Here it is important to understand how homeopathy system works.

Homeopathy Treatment For Autism!

Homeopathy is a comparatively young system which believes that no two individuals are alike. Its medications are selected by careful individualization based on a person’s mental, emotional, physical symptoms including desires, sleep pattern, family history, birth history, vaccination history, reactions to any external stimulus like sound, music, light etc. and careful observation of body language of the patient. A complete case history on homeopathy pattern was taken and Calcarea Phos 10 M was prescribed. Calcarea Phos was selected based on the child’s desire for eggs and salt, history of frequent colds and cough, head sweat and physical structure and was asked to come after 15 days. When they visited the clinic after fifteen days, they reported that there was not much change in his behavior though now appetite seems to have improved and the bowels became more regular. As physically there was some improvement medication was not changed and now was asked to come after one month.

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Next visit when they came, mother complained that John seems to have become more mischievous though they were happy that he sees to be babbling few words. From then on they were on the regular visit every month to the clinic and we could assess the change in John. His speech became clearer, eye contact improved and sitting tolerance was developed. After six months of treatment, it was advised to admit John in a school. It is now more than a year since the treatment started and changes noticed in him are remarkable. He now addresses his parents, he is sitting calmly in the school, eye contact improved and he is now responding to simple questions though he does occasionally show excitement and sometimes appear to be lost in his own world. John continues to be in our treatment to sustain the development shown by him. Here it is important to remember that the response to treatment varies from individual to individual, while some kid’s response is very quick in some it may take months to bring about some change, but on the whole, it is noted that early the intervention better is the result.
Now let us discuss what Autism is and how to recognize the early signs and symptoms of autism and how homeopathy can help.

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disorder affecting the child’s social and communicative skills along with restricted and repetitive behaviour. The symptoms can range from mild to severe form and to cover this wide range of symptoms the word “spectrum” has been added to it and is now known as Autism spectrum disorder or pervasive developmental disorder. Though the first signs of autism may begin as early as six months of age the signs and symptoms are usually noticed by the parents when the child is two to three years of age and boys seem to be more affected than girls.

What Causes Autism?

Unfortunately, the exact cause for Autism is not known but several risk factors have been identified. Among them, the primary reason could be genetic. It has been observed in many studies that genes play a strong role in developing Autism. Fragile X syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities, Down syndrome have been found associated with Autism.

Besides genetic factor mother’s health during pregnancy like the age of the mother, thyroid, gestational diabetes, exposure to certain infections and drugs, emotional stress, smoking, drinking are also considered as risk factors.

Nature of child’s birth like delayed labor, aspiration of amniotic fluid or meconium by the neonate, premature birth, birth injuries, delayed birth cry also play a role in developing autism. Besides these factors they are other factors like vaccination, certain allergies like gluten and milk allergies, leaky gut syndrome, coeliac disorders, seizures etc. are also been found to be associated with autism.

What are the signs and symptoms of Autism?

Most often parents notice something is wrong with their child as he/she is about 2 to 3 years old. Most often the first thing they notice is the child’s lack of responsive behaviour and poor social interaction along with speech delay in many cases. In many cases, parents may notice a sudden regression inability of speech. The child most often likes to be alone and appears engrossed in their world, act unnaturally stubborn and show behavioural abnormalities like sudden excitements, flapping of hands, jumping, walking on toes, appear fixated with few items only like wheels, a particular toy etc. Socially also they lack eye contact and do not respond to their name call and are unable to relate with their peer group.

How Homeopathy Helps ?

The principle behind homeopathy treatment is to cure the person, not the disease. Medications are given after a detailed case taking based on person emotional, mental and physical symptoms along with assessing the birth and parental history and careful clinical observations including observing the child’s behaviour, social and communication skills and his reaction to stimulus. There are many medications in homeopathy for helping in managing Autism. Some of the important medications in Autism are:
Agraphis Nutans– Mutinism in children unrelated with deafness. Frequent colds and coughs, Adenoid and enlarged tonsils in children.
Aurum Met– Physical restlessness, always in a hurry, oversensitive, gets anger on least contradiction, absorbed in himself, scrupulous child.
Bacillinum– Arrested development, usually underweight, irritable child, frequent infections like ringworm etc.
Baryta Carb– Dwarfish mentally and physically. One of the most indicated remedy in children suffering from Down syndrome. Delayed milestones, weak memory. Lack of circumspection
Cina– children with wormy complaints. Very cross, irritable child, always whining and throwing tantrums, does not like to be looked at. Canine hunger, feels hungry almost immediately after meals
Calcarea Phos– Delayed milestones especially walking. Extremely fretful, sluggish mind, wants to be left alone
Carcinosin– One of the most frequently indicated remedy in Autism. Sensitive, precocious children. Marked restlessness, obsessive, temper tantrums, destructive, fantasies, family history of cancer
Thuja– Ailments from vaccination. Fixed ideas and routine, slow speech
Tuberculinum– Fits of violent temper, very restless, changeable mood, history of frequent cold and cough.

As mentioned earlier homeopathy medication is given based on the presenting symptoms, past, birth and family history, behaviour, interaction, etc. Such selected similimum gives good, sustainable result. Clinical observations show early intervention with homeopathy better is the result. The time period, progress and response to treatment varies from individual to individual with some children showing very quick improvement and in some it may take much time. Homeopathic medications besides helping in managing autistic conditions also help to boost the immunity of the child without any side effects.