Herbal remedies for Autism

Autism help!


This article discusses about herbal remedies for autism that can be tried easily at home.

The definition of Autism is “Absorption in self-centered subjective mental activity” as in daydreams, fantasies, delusions or hallucinations and when accompanied by marked withdrawal from reality. Autism is a mental disorder originating in infancy that is characterized by self absorption, inability to interact socially, having repetitive behavior and language dysfunction. Autism affects the individual brain’s normal development of social and communication skills.

Children suffering due to Autism have a unique set of symptoms in three areas. First Socialization, then communication and finally behavioral. Autism is a disorder of neural development. Children with Autism show repeated body movements and show unusual attachment to objects. Children with Autism generally tend to be loners from their birth. They usually do not seek cuddling, kissing, or other forms of attention and affection. In fact, parents of such children describe them as happiest when they are left alone, self sufficient and they act as if nobody is present around them.

Autistic children treat the people around them as objects. Generally, they do not participate in normal activities with other children; they play alone and use toys in a self stimulatory manner. When a child fails to develop speech, then this is the first clear indication that there could be something not entirely right with the child.

There is no cure for autism currently. Treatment options include educational, behavioral interventions medications and other therapies. Traditional psychotherapies are ineffective with autistic children and the use of medications remains  controversial.

Herbal remedies for autism that are helpful-        

Vitamin B6 has a potential effect on behavior in Autistic children. Some studies show that Vit B along with Magnesium is necessary for several neurotransmitters in the brain, which lead to interest in its use for Autism.

Herbs that have antioxidant properties may be useful for Autism like-

Bacopa monnieri - Several studies show that its antioxidants help to improve concentration and learning ability .

Gotu kola- In various clinical studies this herb produced behavioral improvement in mentally retarded children and increased consistency in IQ. The herb was also found to help with general debility.

Licorice- in China it is known  as a detoxifier. It is thought to remove toxins from the systems.

Ashwagandha has adaptogenic properties that might be helpful in Autism.

I hope the above herbal remedies for autism are useful to all people. Since this is a complicated condition one should always check with a Medical Doctor.

Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information and on supplements is provided for educational purposes only.


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