Individuals perceive everything using their senses: smell, taste, touch, sight and sound. However, children born with a disposition to develop autism, has these sensory systems turn off from the external world and go inward in an effort to protect them from the risky stimulation. Autism is a progressive developmental disorder that affects the ability of an individual to communicate and associate with others. Usually, the symptoms are detected in the first three years of the child's life.
Causes and use of Naturopathic Medicine in treating autism:
Reduced levels of vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, calcium, iron, chromium and magnesium continue to be the key causes for the autism in children. It has been found that children suffering from autism if treated with multivitamin and mineral nutrient supplements show a lot of improvement. By introducing these nutrient supplements into the diet of autism-affected children you can see a lot in the improvement in scholastic test scores, high scholastic test scores, and early neurological development.
The experts say that there is no universal treatment or therapy for autism, which makes things much more complicated. But, all treatment programs must address the three systems of the body that are compromised in this disorder, the digestive system, the immune system and the central nervous system. The major categories of naturopathic treatment for autism spectrum are listed below:
- Decreasing toxins from metals, foods, chemicals and infections. The naturopaths say that individuals with autism have higher degree of vulnerabilities to have difficulty removing toxins from their bodies
- Decreasing inflammation and allergy: It has been found that children with autistic-spectrum disorders are dealing with a level of neurological inflammation. Toxins have the ability to generate inflammation. The naturopathic treatment helps to reduce these various forms of toxins for the improvement of neurological inflammation.
- Detoxification: As the autistic child starts to get rid of the allergy and inflammation through supplementation and dietary control etc. the child can start the process of detoxification more efficiently. Detoxification is basically the procedure of cleansing toxins. It has been found that children with autism have weakened detoxification capacity. Therefore, helping their body with this process is vital.
Apart from this naturopathic treatment also includes the process of neurological healing and recovery.