EFFECTS OF AYURVEDIC THERAPY FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF AUTISM IN CHILDREN: A REVIEWAbstract
Introduction: Autism is a group of psycho-neuro-developmental diseases in which children fail to acquire social interaction and other regular motor and verbal milestones, and some developmental issues are suspected. According to recent reports, prevalence rates have risen drastically from 4-6/10,000 in the early 1960s to 40-60/10,000 now. According to Ayurvedic literature, Unmada is a term for psychotic issues that encompasses many mental conditions, including autism. Aims and Objectives: Critical review and analysis of the effects of various conventional Ayurveda treatment modalities in the management of Autistic children. Material and Methods: Various Ayurveda classics and studies published in journals, as well as PubMed, and Medline databases related to effect of Ayurveda drugs, therapeutic process, and supportive therapy in management of Autistic children, are reviewed and appraised. Review Results: Multimodal management approach of an Ayurveda comprising the herbal supplements, Ayurveda Compounds, Abhyangam, Shiropichu, Shirolepa and a very specific, controlled and wholesome diet and Sattvavajaya chikitsa (Psychotherapy) with supportive therapy. These Ayurveda therapeutic approaches are used to manage autism with respect to psychosomatic disorder Unmada. Discussion: These treatments benefit autistic children by a different mechanism of action and improve their quality of life. Conclusion: The children with autism can become functional with the help of Ayurveda medicine supplementation, contributing members to their families and communities and their lives become better than before.
Nitu Sinha * and Nisha Kumari Ojha,
Department of Kaumarbhritya, National Institute of Ayurveda, Deemed To Be University (De Novo), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
14 December 2021
09 February 2022
, 26 May 2022
01 August 2022