Autism is a developmental disorder which normally manifests before three years of age affecting brain’s normal development of social skills causing deficits in communication, behaviour and cognition. The word means the children are locked within themselves. Nearly two million children are affected worldwide and is more prevalent among Boys. It was first described by Leo kanner .The child can be aggressive with unusual movements, unusual attachments to objects, not responding to parent’s affectionate behaviour, and with poor eye contact. The early warning signs can be delayed speech, repetitive body movements, and altered social activities. There are different variants of Autistic disorder with the severity ranging from mild to moderate intensities. It is a neuropathological condition with impaired brain signals affecting the information process in the brain.
The causes of autism can be genetics, prenatal, perinatal or post natal infections, biochemical factors like elevated plasma serotonin and environmental factors like air pollutions .Many researches has concluded that the pregnant women is affected with multiple chemicals in the body which can pass on to fetus which leads to immune disregulation and the oxidative stress. Studies show 88% of the autistic children is having chronic gastrointestinal inflammation.
Our experts from Ayur Healthcare carefully analyses the child for the body type and doshik constitution and Ayurvedic check lists for the deep analysis of the Autistic spectral Disorders. Their language, behaviour and social relationships will be carefully analyzed along with the necessary investigations like Thyroid function tests and child profiles. Special counseling sections are available at Ayur Healthcare with the help of expert hands in Ayurveda for the improvement of the skills in autistic child.
In Ayurveda body is explained in terms of Doshas and Dhatus. There are three Doshas namely Vata (air factor),Pitha(fire factor) and Kapha (water factor).There are seven dhatus namely rasa(lymph),Rakta(blood),Mamsa (muscles), Medas (adipose tissue), Asthi (bones),Majja(bone marrow) and Sukla(semen).the essence of all these are known as ojas.in case of autism there will the reduction in the quality and quantity of dhatus. The conduction of impulses is mainly done by Vata, especially in autistic child Udana Vata (sub type of Vata) is mostly affected considering the speech and aggressiveness. However if the child is in a depressive state an association of Kapha is also considered while planning treatments. Impairment of the sense organs can be successfully managed with Ayurvedic treatment in the autistic children.
Ayur Healthcare suggests that a good diet always helps with the autistic behaviour. Always gluten free diet is preferred over the normal one. Balanced protein and carbohydrate rich diet can be given with boiled eggs, lean meats, banana, rice, soy milk, tune fishes, almonds and peanut butter. Vitamins can be supplemented with tomatoes, peas, lettuce, celery, pineapple , orange, broccoli ,grapes, apples and kiwis. Adequate amount of fats can be received from using high quality olive oil or virgin coconut oil. It is very important to reduce the overweight in autistic children.
Ayur Healthcare treatments focus on Autistic spectrum of disorders by correcting the Agni (digestive fire) and Ojas. The Agni is the essential factors which maintain all the Doshas and dhatus.84% of the autistic children suffer with the gastrointestinal disorders like constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and dietary issues. By correcting the Agni the Doshas get corrected from the grass root level. The various herbs processed in oils and ghee’s, decoctions, tablet, powders available in Ayur Healthcare are specially designed to meet the gastrointestinal requirements of the autistic child. These internal and external therapies will help in regaining the Ojas of the body.
Ayur Healthcare special treatments for the autistic spectrum disorders are thalam (placing herbs mixed with oils or decoctions placed on the vertex of the head).Sirodhara (Pouring of herbal oil on fore head), Abhyanga (different types of massages using medicated herbal oils typically done to cure Vata. Udwarthana (specialised herbal massages done for elimination of Doshas and toning of the body), vasthi (A medicated enema to expel out the unwanted toxins in the body) Siropichu (treatment using a cap of oil on the head usually done to boost the nervous system. Nasya (medicated oil is instilled in the nostril and the Kapha is eliminated followed by gargling with medicated herbs.)
The herbal treatments are mainly focused on balancing the Tridosha and start with digestive medicines and end with Rasayanas. Rasayanas are a group of medicines intended to rejuvenate the body. The Ayur Healthcare treatments help in the neurological rejuvenation of the body once the whole course of treatment is over.
The intake of the medicated ghee is an important part of the treatment as ghee is considered as one of the main rejuvenators of the brain and brain cells. Proper screening of the child, the personalised herbal medications and therapies offered by the Ayur Healthcare makes its path different in the management of Autism.