Autism is a disorder of neural development characterised by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behaviour. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Ayurveda can help Autism very effectively.
A recent case
What's your view on the cause and process of various types of Autism?
A pathogen alters the gastro-intestinal functions in a child, unexpectedly, resulting in endotoxins. This results in a microbial infection. These microbes migrate to brain and distort the brain functions. The child's behaviour and development get worse progressively. Pathogen can be caused by strong chemicals such as immunisation, antibiotics, environmental pollution etc. or stress. Gut, brain and nervous system need to be addressed in all these cases.
How do we manage it?
Removing the external and internal stress by introducing more wholesome lifestyle, nutrition and social elements would be a start. There is plenty of support in this area. Removing the endotoxins and correcting the digestion and metabolism are the next steps.
What type of medication do you use?
Anything natural, minimal, safe, appropriate and fast acting.
How do you deal with social integration issues?
Education for the whole family is vital. Government and private organisations are great in this area.
How long do you need to bring some solid changes in the client?
It can vary from 1-3 months once the new routine is established for a child who is freshly diagnosed.
Do you think your clients can establish a normal life once they recover?
Almost normal. An Autism attack may kill some brain cells/functions. So, the best would be 'almost normal'.
How often should your client consult you?
It all depends. Once a month for 3 months and then bi-monthly for a year.
Do you give a diet plan?
What's the best time to treat this condition?
As soon as the diagnosis or the first Autism signs are observed.
Is it easy to follow?
Prepared well, it is.