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.

What is Fibromyalgia (FM)? | Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Diagnosis

A case of Fibromyalgia:-

Help!!! Doctor, please help me in getting rid of my pain, cried Mrs. Sharma*.   I keep getting these pains, my whole body aches, my body parts are so sensitive that I wince with pains with slightest of touch; I can’t sleep because of pain. I always feel tired and irritated. My family does not believe me, they have taken me too many doctors and got all sort of investigations done but they all say nothing is wrong with me.

This is the story of not only Mrs. Sharma but many others, especially women. They are suffering from Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (fibro= fibrous tissue, myo = muscles, algia= aches or pain) is a chronic rheumatic syndrome characterized by wide spread body pains, stiffness and tenderness. The pain may be so severe that the entire body appears to be hurt and bruised. Along with pain there is sleeplessness, fatigue and restlessness. There is a heightened sensitivity to pain and persons can complain about tender or sore points on the body.

Cause: The exact cause for fibromyalgia is not known though there are many theories floated towards it. However it is agreed that there is malfunction of brain and nervous system response to pain and pressure stimulus leading to over sensitiveness towards pain. The following factors are considered to trigger or increase fibromyalgia:

  • Stress– physical or emotional stress is one of the major factor to trigger
  • Traumaor Injuries especially repeated injuries
  • Hereditary– a positive family history is found in majority of cases leading to suspect genes playing a major role.
  • Gender– women are more prone to Fibromyalgia compared to men
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary life style
  • Smoking
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Psychological reasons like Depression and Anxiety
  • Irritable Bowel Disorder
  • Infections

   Symptoms:

The most important symptom of Fibromyalgia is wide spread pain. Besides pain the other symptoms experienced are:

  • Fatigue or constant feeling of tiredness
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Increased sensitivity to pressure with sometimes even a small touch may become unbearable.
  • Pricking and tingling sensation in extremities
  • Muscle cramps and spasms
  • Abdominal pain, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Weakness of memory
  • Depression
  • Low attention span
  • Dysmenorrhoea or painful menstrual cycles
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Increased sensitivity to light, sound, temperature and pressure

Diagnosis: There is no specific test for Fibromyalgia. It is suspected when there is wide spread pain for more than three months with no identifiable cause for the same and presence of tender spots along with eliminating other causes like Ankylosing spondylitis, Peripheral Neuropathy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypothyroidism, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Myasthenia gravis and Multiple Sclerosis.

Homeopathy Treatment:  is safe and effective way of treating patients suffering from Fibromyalgia without any side effects. Homeopathy medication is selected by careful individualization based on patient’s mental, physical and emotional symptoms. These medications act on the dynamic plane and help in not only reducing the pain but also improve the patient’s energy levels and overall quality of life.

Common Skin Flaws, Problems & Solutions

Homeopathy Treatment For Skin Problems:

Skin or integument is the outermost protective covering of our body and in fact it is the largest organ of our body. It not only acts as a mechanical barrier protecting us from various microbes lurking in the atmosphere, harmful radiations emitting from the sun and dangerous chemicals, it also helps our body to maintain its temperature, retain moisture, store fat in form of subcutaneous adipose tissue and synthesize vitamin D. Skin is also one of the five sense organ and conveys sensations of touch, pressure, pain etc. to brain. In addition skin also acts   as an excretory organ removing few harmful toxins from our body. Our external appearance, the way world sees us also depends on our skin.  As we can see skin plays a very important role in our life. All of us want a healthy glowing skin and get disturbed by even a small blemish on it but our skin is relentlessly bombarded with external and internal agents causing distress to it, leading to many skin disorders which not only causes physical discomfort but also emotionally. Some of the common skin disorders are:

Acne or pimples a most common type of skin condition affecting mostly teenagers though it may occur at any age. It is caused due to over stimulation of oil producing sebaceous gland due to male hormone androgen present in both men and women. They occur mostly on face but other locations like back, neck and shoulders may also be affected. The most common form of acne is acne vulgaris which usually occur in teenage and acne rosacea which occurs in middle aged woman. Though acne as such are quite harmless it causes emotional stress to the vulnerable teenager and may also leave behind blemishes, white heads, black heads or ugly scars.

Dermatitis or Eczema:  An inflammatory condition of skin in which areas of skin become red, inflamed and itchy. The affected area may have small fluid filled blister type eruptions or may have dry, flaky eruptions. There are many different forms of eczema and may affect at any age.

  • Atopic eczema- Commonly affects children below two. The tendency to develop this condition is usually inherited.
  • Contact Dermatitis-caused due to sensitiveness to certain substances when in contact, like the nickel strap of wrist watch, or rubber gloves.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis – Commonly known as cradle capin infants and dandruff it can affect people of any age. It is characterized by flakes resembling dandruff in the scalp and on examination red, itchy rash may be seen. Though scalp is the most common area of affection, back, chest, face, ears and in infants diaper area may also be affected.
  • Varicose eczema- which commonly occurs in old age due to stagnation of blood as the blood vessels lose their elasticity. Due to stasis of blood, the skin becomes dark, itchy and inflammation which ultimately lead to ulcer formation if not treated.

 Lichen Planus: a chronic auto immune skin disorder characterized by raised polygon shaped reddish-purple patches especially in back, ankles and wrists with itching. It may affect even mouth, genital areas and other mucous membranes. 

 Psoriasis: One of the common skin conditions in which the life cycle of skin cells speeds up leading to  formation of scales and red patches with itchiness. Sometimes it may affect nails also leading to pitted or ridged nails, skin may become dry and cracked, and may also affect joints leading to psoriatic arthritis. The cause is unknown and is generally attributed to auto immunity. Most cases of psoriasis have acute exacerbation followed by period of remission. It can occur at any age and as the skin look unhealthy causes social embarrassment to the sufferer. There are many types of psoriasis. The common being:

  • Plaque Psoriasis- most common form, the skin has dry, raised lesions which appear reddish in colour called plaques covered with silvery scales
  • Guttate Psoriasis- mostly seen in young adults and children characterized by small, red water drop type of lesions usually covered with fine scales and often triggered by a bacterial infection.
  • Inverse Psoriasis-which affects mainly the skin folds like arm pits, under breasts, groin area or genitals. The skin has smooth, red patches aggravated because of sweat and friction and most often is triggered by fungal infections.
  • Pustular Psoriasis- as name is suggesting, patches are wide spread marked with formation of pus filled blisters and are very painful accompanied with fever, chills and intense itching.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis– relatively rarer, skin shows a red, peeling rash with burning and itching.
  • Nail psoriasis- primarily affecting nails causing them to become deformed and discolored. Sometimes the nail may also separate from nail bed or the nail may simply crumble
  • Psoriatic arthritis- in which in addition to skin lesions joints swell and become painful and still. If left untreated it may also lead to joint deformities.

Hyperpigmentation: – in which areas of skin become darker than the surrounding area due to excess production and deposition of melanin pigment. The most common areas affected are face, arms and hands. Liver spots, melisma, freckles, age spots are common examples.

Hypopigmentation- in which areas of skin lose their melanin deposit leading to pale or white patches on skin. The cause can be many including injury, burns, infections, improper skin resurfacing treatments like chemical peeling besides other chronic skin conditions like vitiligo (leukoderma), albinism, pityriasis, and tinea versicolor.

 Urticaria: or skin rash usually an allergic condition triggered by food, perfumes and other allergens marked by temporary red, slightly raised wheal (papules) with severe pruritis (itching).

Warts:  skin growth caused by papillomavirus. They are usually small, rough and hard some pedunculated and some flat and can occur anywhere in our body. They are usually painless except for those on soles (plantar warts) or on fingers due to friction

As we can notice there are many disorders that affect the skin. It is being relentlessly bombarded with external and internal agents. Most often ointments, creams, lotions or other cosmetic agents are used to palliate a skin condition which only offers a temporary relief or suppression leading to more dangerous complications.

Homeopathic Approach:

Homeopathy is a system which believes in treating the individual as such and not the disease. Disease is the manifestation of internal disorder. What we see outside is the result of disturbances in our internal body physically or emotionally. In fact skin is such an organ, any disorder in the body emotionally or physiologically is reflected by your skin, like a woman suffering from PCOS may have dark patches on the back of the neck and a butterfly rash on face may indicate lupus. In fact more than 60% of skin ailments have got underlying emotional disturbances or stress as the cause and what appears as a simple skin disease has deep lying roots to it. Homeopathy does not believe in suppressing the external manifestation of the skin condition whether it is rash or lesions rather it goes to the root the disease, the emotional, hormonal, genetic or metabolic cause for the disease. Each person is individualized by assessing his emotional behaviour, reason for the disease, symptoms and only after this evaluation a Constitutional remedy is given which not only controls and cure the skin ailment but also the root cause for it instead of suppressing it by administering ointments or lotions. It’s simple medication works on the dynamic plane and helps the body to overcome the disorder without any side effects.