All about Naturotherapy Treatment for Autism
Naturotherapy is one of few natural, non-drug treatments for Neurodevelopment Disorders (NDD). These types of treatments help the child achieve mental balance and inner peace, which increases the child's capacity to focus. Naturopathy includes several natural therapies in tandem that help aid the body to heal itself. The most commonly used naturopathy therapies are Mud therapy, Reflexology, and Acupressure.
Mud therapy can be employed as a mud pack on the abdomen and around the eyes. The pack can also be used as a full-body mud bath. Mud is an important natural element that contains vital minerals that have a positive effect on human health. It is known to have the ability to absorb toxins from the human body and thus, prevents the body from getting affected by diseases. Furthermore, mud is renowned for its healing effects. It also comes with the beneficial effects of relaxing and cooling the body. In Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mud therapy is organized as a form of outdoor play activity. The activity is not only beneficial but is also enjoyed by the children.
Mud therapy has many proven advantages. It improves the immune system, relaxes muscles, helps maintain body metabolism, positively impacts the digestive system and improves blood circulation. Mud therapy also prevents a lot of modern diseases that are caused by poor exposure to nature. It is useful for people who are suffering from nearsightedness, vitamin D deficiency, obesity and related diseases, asthma, allergies, depression, ASD and ADHD.
The mud for the therapy should be pure, taken from at least three to four feet below the surface of the ground. It should be free from any impurities or contaminations like stones, leaves, roots, etc. Before application, the mud is dried, powdered and sieved to separate it from impurities like stone particles. The procedure is further divided into three categories. The first type of mud therapy is the Mud Pack Local Application therapy. In this therapy, soaked mud is kept in a wet, thin muslin cloth to convert it into a thin flat brick. It is then applied to the abdomen of the patient. The duration of this therapy is 20 to 30 minutes. If performed in cold weather, a blanket should be used to cover the body.
Mud Pack for Face is another type of Mud therapy in which soaked mud is applied on the face and left for 20-30 minutes till it dries up. This therapy is used to improve the complexion of the skin and aids in reducing pimples and open skin pores. The face is then washed with cold water. Mud Bath is the third and most popular type of Mud therapy. In Mud Bath, mud is applied to the patient in a sitting or lying position. Mud bath is useful for improving blood circulation. The duration of this procedure is 45-60 minutes.
One of the major health benefits of reflexology is its ability to stimulate nerve functions. Other significant advantages include increased energy levels, enhanced joint mobility, deepened states of relaxation and boosted immune responses. Reflexology also facilitates the smooth functioning of the endocrine system. Specific treatment plans are designed for specific patients depending upon their problems and conditions. Maintaining the regularity in sessions is highly important to address the client's well being and health issues.
Reflexology is also beneficial for complex behavioral patterns in children like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It reduces the state of anxiety, improves sleep patterns, releases tensions, enhances attention span and improves focus. Brain, spine, kidney, thyroid, pituitary, solar plexus and the liver are the major reflex areas that require utmost attention. Since it is a complementary therapy, it can be used as a combination with other therapies like Aromatherapy.
In reflexology, appropriate pressure is applied to certain points of the body parts like feet, hands and ears. These points are considered to be reflex points and are associated with different organs in the body. Pressurizing these points have real benefits on the health of the person. For example, a specific point on the arch of the foot is associated with the bladder. Therefore, if appropriate pressure is applied to these points, the functioning of the bladder improves. Reflexologists usually have foot maps with them, which indicate different points on the body and their corresponding organ. Reflexology is similar to acupuncture and acupressure, but the points in all these therapies are different and have different functions.
Acupressure therapy involves applying pressure on the scalp area, especially over the Governing Meridian (GV) point. It helps in boosting language skills in children suffering from ASD. Many pieces of research have been made on why acupressure is more effective on children than on adults. According to this research, acupressure is highly effective in children because of the fast rate of development in the cerebrum, which reciprocates with Acupressure therapy to provide better results.
A considerable improvement in overall attention and learning in patients of ASD was noticed after Acupressure therapy. Progress in non-verbal aspects like understanding new concepts, recognizing different semantic groups like body parts, food, animals, utensils, colors, and recapitulation of memory were also noticed. Receptive language of the receivers was improved as they were able to comprehend new nouns, verbs and isolated words. They were also subsequently able to form short sentences according to the instructions given. As the therapy progressed, a few receivers even tried to utter speech sounds.
Acupressure is a technique that resembles reflexology and acupuncture. In acupressure, physical pressure is applied to certain points in the body to clear blockages in the respective meridians. Acupressure is a process that is used to send signals to the body to promote its self-healing mechanism. In scalp acupressure, Governing Vessel 20 (GV 20) point is the most important as they are used to treat Disc prolapses, headache, dizziness and low energy. GB 20 is another point located on the upper neck, which is used to treat neck pain, headaches and dizziness.
Acupressure experts use their fingers, palms, elbows, feet, or sometimes special devices to apply the desired pressure to the acupoints on the meridians of the body. Acupressure also includes acupressure stretching and acupressure massages. In an acupressure session, the patient is made to lay fully clothed on a soft table. The practitioner then gently presses the acupressure points. A normal acupressure session lasts for 45 to 60 minutes. Multiple sessions are recommended for best results.
Autism is a complex, incurable disorder that affects every 6 of a thousand people. Being such a common problem, many drugs and prescribed treatments are being used to treat autism. Since autism cannot be treated, these drugs do more harm than good. Therefore, the best way to combat autism is to go for natural methods. Natural therapies not only help the patient get relief from the symptoms of autism but also includes other benefits. Naturopathy is one of the most popular natural treatments used for treating autism. To know more about this effective method, visit us at Buddhi Clinic and make good mental health a daily habit.