Autism is a lifelong neurological and developmental disability which affects an individual’s way of perception and interaction with others. World to the autistic people is very different from other people. To some autistic people, the world is perceived as overwhelming which can cause anxiety in them. They see, hear and feel everything around them differently. Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a broad term which covers the challenges with speech, social skills, nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. All autistic people do not have the same problems instead they suffer differently which means every autistic person needs support differently.
For autistic people, daily activities like school, everyday family, social life and work is harder than others. They do not appear to be disabled. Usually, people think that the child is naughty. An autistic person may develop this feeling of being misunderstood and may develop social differences.
How Much Common is Autism?
A number of autistic people have been growing since the last few years. More than 1 in 100 people are autistic in the UK according to the survey conducted. Autism appears to affect men more as compared to women. However, it can affect anyone with any race, religion or nationality.
What are the Causes of Autism?
The exact cause of autism is not known yet. Researchers have found a combination of genetic and environmental factors to play a major role in the causation of autism. Exposure of a pregnant woman to certain drugs or chemicals may increase the chances of her child to be autistic. It is a myth that an individual’s upbringing or social circumstances cause autism.
What can be the Signs and Symptoms of Autism?
The signs of autism usually can be seen by the 2-3 years of age. The earliest autism can be diagnosed when the child is of 18 months by age. Presence of certain signs and symptoms that may indicate the autism are:
- No or few big smiles
- No joyful, warm or engaging expressions
- No or limited eye contact
- No or little sound sharing, facial expression or smiles.
- No or little continuous murmuring sound
- No or little gestures such as showing, pointing, waving or reaching
- No or little response to name
- No or very few sounds.
- Very few meaningful or may be no two-word phrases.
At Any Age
Continuous murmuring sounds
- Eye contact avoidance
- Continuous preference to live alone
- Difficulty in understanding others emotions or feelings
- Continuous repetition of phrases or words
- Delayed language development
- Resistance to even minor changes in daily routines
- Intense or unusual reactions to smells, sound, tastes, light or colors
How Can Autism be Diagnosed?
Autism affects different people in a different way. Presence and interpretation of any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above will be the basic line of diagnosis. Usually, it is diagnosed on the basis of persistent social interaction and social communication difficulties, repetitive behavioral patterns and limited and restricted in daily routines.
Can Autism be Cured?
A big “No” is given by modern science for the treatment of autism. They have said it to be incurable and will remain lifelong with the autistic person. Few basic things are said to be done in order to manage the patient’s condition like certain behavioral therapies, nutritional therapies, occupational therapies, social skills, and training.
What is Ayurvedic Interpretation of Autism?
Meaning– In this shloka, it is stated that the things which are similar to the qualities of the Vata dosha aggravate the Vata dosha. Hence, consumption of dry, cold, rough, non-slimy, hollow and coarse things causes diseases due to Vata dosha.
Reference- Charak Samhita, Sutra Sthan, Chapter no. 12, Shloka no. 6
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine originated basically in India. According to Ayurveda, all the diseases are caused due to an imbalance of the three doshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Dosha. In the case of autism, Vata dosha gets aggravated or increased. Due to the increase in Vata dosha, there appear certain symptoms like difficulty in concentrating and focusing, restlessness, slow learning, and anxiety. These symptoms characterize autism. Ayurvedic treatment of autism can help to increase and improve the life quality of a person that too naturally. In Ayurvedic treatment, it is done by medicines prepared from natural herbs. These herbs gently and effectively treat health ailment. Ayurvedic treatment of autism will help to improve the body functions, decrease anxiety and apprehension. It can help your child to live a much better life.
Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda for Autism
Planet Ayurveda has come up with the most natural and herbal formula for managing autism. These herbal remedies not only treat the troubling symptoms gradually but also increase the life quality of an autistic person. Planet Ayurveda offers Autism Pack for this ailment. All the remedies present in this pack are completely ayurvedic and herbal. These remedies are prepared from best quality of herbs under the strict Ayurvedic principles. No additives, colors, chemicals or preservatives are present in these medicines. They do not have any side effects if taken properly under the guidance of a physician. These medicines are purely vegetarian and none of them are tested on animals.
Herbal Remedies for Autism are:
1. Kumar Kalyan Ras
This is an herbal blend of various herbs like Kumari Rasa (aloe vera’s juice), Shuddha Parada (purified mercury), Abhraka bhasma (purified and processed mica), Loha bhasma (iron bhasma), Mukta bhasma (pearl bhasma), Makshika bhasma (copper bhasma) and Swarna bhasma (gold bhasma). It is a wonderful combination of herbs, and bhasams enriched with their medicinal properties. These tablets are usually used for pediatric and heart complaints. It helps in the all-round development of a child. It prevents and treats nervous debility and also relieves various health ailments in children like jaundice, fever, cough, asthma, indigestion, and vomiting.
Dosage- Take one tablet once a day after meals with honey, sugar or milk.
This an amazing tonic containing many medicinal herbs. Many herbs are used to prepare this tonic but Arvind (Nelumbo nucifera) is its main ingredient. Some of the herbs present in it are:
Arvinda (Nelumbo nucifera), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), etc. Arvindasava improves the digestion and appetite of children and also helps in proper assimilation and absorption of food. This tonic gives strength and nutrition to the body.
Dosage– Take one teaspoon two times a day after meals.
It is known as nervine tonic due to its ability to treat and manage mental disorders like the weakness of memory and epilepsy. Saraswatarishtha improves strength and voice tone. Pronunciation can be improved by its regular consumption. It also treats speech difficulties. Some of the herbs present in it are Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Vidari (Pueraria tuberosa), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), etc.
Dosage– Take 1 teaspoon two times a day after meals.
4. Brahma Rasayana
It is considered to be very effective in tiredness and stress. This herbal formulation is full of medicinally rich herbs. Some of the herbs used to prepare it are Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bilwa (Aegle marmelos), Shyonaka (Oroxylum indicum), Gambhari (Gmelina arboera) etc. It consists of almost 45 herbal ingredients. It naturally rejuvenates hair and skin. Memory, intelligence and immunity can be improved effectively by its consumption. It fights stress, fatigue, aging, and tiredness and slows the aging in a very natural way without causing any harm to the body.
Dosage- Take half teaspoon once a day after meals.
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