Autism is defined as the neuro biological disorder characterized by severe deficiency in social skills, behavior and reciprocal social interactions; difficulty in language, arrangement of words and non verbal communication; intellectual and cognital deficiency; difficulty in identifying and remembering the names and nature of things.
It is a developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. Some children with autism appear normal before age 1 or 2 and then suddenly regress and lose language or social skills they had previously gained. It affects boys 3-4 times more often than girls.
- The most important cause is the impaired serotonin metabolism in the brain and central nervous system.
- Digestive tract changes
- Problems during pregnancy and birth
- Mercury poisoning
- Viral infections
- Allergies to specific food items such as milk and dairy products
- Inability of the body to use vitamins and minerals
- Vaccine sensitivity
- Genetic factor
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Abnormal social behavior and skills. Patient does not make friends, does not lay interactive games, may not respond to eye contact or smiles or may avoid eye contact, treat others as if they are objects, prefer to spend time alone rather than being with others, shows lack of empathy.
- Poor social communications
- Poor verbal and non verbal languages
- Has a short attention span, narrow interests, is overactive or very passive
- Show aggression towards others or self
- Lack of analytic abilities
- Poor reasoning
- Weak immune system
- Difficulty in speaking or any other speech related problem
- Increased sensitivity towards food
- Oversensitive towards sight, hearing, touch, smell or taste
- Have unusual distress when routines are changed
- Perform repeated body movements
- Show unusual attachments to objects
- Insensitivity to pain
- Mental retardation in some cases is also present
AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE
According to Ayurveda, it is caused due to vata dosha imbalance. Poor eating habits, dominance of doshas, influence of rajas and tamas in an individual’s mind, poor health condition and other diseases, extreme feelings like anger, fear or anxiety, deep regret or grief or a deep sense of attachment keep a person’s mind busy and affects it negatively causing loss of intellect and nervous imbalance. This gives rise to dosha imbalance and the possibility of the person being affected by autism increases.
Panchakarma therapies advised in autistic patients are:-
- Sarvanga Abhyanga
- Patra Pinda Sweda
- Anuvasana vasti
- Niruha vasti
Single herbs recommended in this case are:-
These herbs increase the blood circulation to the brain, protect and repair neurons, improve mental strength, concentration and memory; enhance concentration, intelligence, attention and overall cognitive ability.
Ayurvedic formulations that are beneficial in this case are:-
- Brahmi Ghrit
- Panch Gavya Ghrit
- Ashwagandha Ghrit
- Brahmi Vati
- Manas Mitra Vati
- Ashwagandha Avaleh
- Ashwagandha Churna
- Brodley Syrup
- Brainomed Syrup
- Brainomed tablet
- Triphala Syrup
- Trikatu Syrup
- Tagaradi Churna
DIET AND LIFESTYLE
- Avoid intake of night shade vegetables, including tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes and peppers.
- Include fruits and green leafy vegetables in your diet.
- Avoid intake of much of dairy products. However, intake of ghee and milk is strongly recommended in patient suffering autism.
- Practice deep breathing excercises
- Drink boiled water whenever feel thirsty.
- Increase the intake of vitamin D & C in your diet.
- Avoid all foods made with wheat such as bread, pasta and wheat cereal.
- Avoid heavy, junk, oily, processed, baked and preserved food items.
- Avoid any form of concentrated sugar including candy, desserts, soda or fruit juices.
Have turmeric in your diet. Turmeric offers antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects to the body. This helps in improving the health of the gut and ensure proper nutrient intake.