A male child aged 10 years was diagnosed with autism 5 years back met our Vaidya for consultation, over the month of march 2016. The child was presenting the following symptoms.
Restlessness, aphasic – but was producing a hawking sound from throat as if a foreign body is stuck in voice cord. The eye contact was absent with inattentiveness to surroundings & irritable mood. Beating his mother, sleeplessness (hardly sleeps 2 hours in a day) & non cooperative to verbal command along with inattention in classes at special school were the other complaints.
Vaidya counseled the parents regarding, the fact that Autism is not to be considered as a disease in managing their special child, but to understand the uniqueness of the I.Q level of their child and create a viable environment for the child to face and live in the owrld of opportunities.Having made the parents undertood the intricacies of the pattern of the disorder our vaidya provided a set of medicines for 2 months since they had come from neighboring state. Medicines prepared, under the supervision of our Vaidya, following the protocols of Ayurveda Pharmacology, was selected and given based on the Ayurveda clinical parameters of doshapratyanika and vyadhipratyanika.
A specified pattern of posology followed for VacābrahmiRasayanam, AyabhrngarajaYastiKalpam & Anakas from Ayurveda was adviced based on the doshik & symptoms parameters. Help of Cypriped & Agar from homeopathy too was taken in this case.
On 2nd of April 2016 coincidentally being the World Autism Awareness day our Vaidya got a phone call from the patient’s father seeking for their 2nd appt with him.
During the call, he intimated that the child’s behavior had become calm along with stopping of the abnormal hawking sound the child was making. Eye contact is maintained now and that he sleeps undisturbed for nearly 6 hours at night. His social mingling has improved to the extent that he started playing with his fellow children without beating or being aggressive to them.
Finally with an overwhelming voice out of ecstacy, the father informed our Vaidya that the child started pronouncing articulated words like ‘Amma’, ‘Atthae’, ‘Anna’ etc 3 words. Further gave an input of his observation that he produces a snapping sound with his tongue touching his palate.
Vaidya convinced the father not to worry about the snapping sound, since the child is trying to phonate observing the conversations from his family members.He further adviced the family members to speak in a slow rhythm to the child, so that he observes the lip and tongue movement from them to later try with himself in phonating the words.
In their last visit over the month of October 2016, the input from the parents was that the child is trying to catch up registering and understanding new words and is trying to speak few more words with a little bit improvement in phonation and articulation. The social mingling has considerably improved and that the teacher in the special school has informed the status of improvement of social behaviour inside the classroom.
This article is for educational and awareness purpose only. The medications in Ayurveda is patient centric and differs from one person to other depending up on the prakrti,dosha, desha,vayas,kala, anala etc parameters. Consult the Ayurveda physician or vaidya for medications and exercise restraint from self medications.
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