Autism Spectrum Disorder and it’s homoeopathic treatment approach

Autism Spectrum Disorder and it’s homoeopathic treatment approach


Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social communication and interaction, as well as restricted interests and repetitive behaviours. While there is no known cure for autism, various approaches are used to manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life for individuals with this condition. One such approach that has gained attention is homeopathy. 

Overall, this review underscores the holistic nature of homeopathic interventions for ASD and suggests that they may offer valuable support to individuals on the autism spectrum. While acknowledging that homeopathy does not present a definitive cure, it provides a promising avenue for symptom management and the promotion of overall well-being in individuals with ASD.

Keyword: Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Homoeopathy, Behavioural therapy, Individual.

Abbreviation: ASD (autism spectrum disorder), PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified), ADHD (Attention-deficit hyperactive disorder), Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts social interaction, communication skills, and behaviour. It is characterized by social and communication difficulties, repetitive behaviours, and restricted interests. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) includes a range of related conditions, such as Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)[1]. Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that focuses on treating the individual as a whole, rather than just the symptoms.[2] While there is no cure for autism, homeopathic remedies can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall wellbeing in individuals with ASD.


The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the international prevalence of ASD at 0.76%; however, this only accounts for approximately 16% of the global child population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 1.68% of United States (US) children aged 8 years (or 1 in 59 children) are diagnosed with ASD. [3]

Causes and Risk Factors:

The exact cause of ASD is not entirely understood. It is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is evidence of a genetic component, as ASD tends to run in families. However, not all cases have a clear genetic link[4].

Early Signs and Diagnosis:

Signs of ASD often become noticeable in early childhood, typically around the age of 2 or 3. However, some children may show signs earlier. Diagnosis is usually made through a combination of behavioral observations, interviews with parents or caregivers, and standardized assessments[1].


Many individuals with ASD may have other conditions or co-occurring disorders, such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, or gastrointestinal issues[5].

Interventions and Treatments:

Early intervention is crucial. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and social skills training are common approaches. Some individuals benefit from medication to manage specific symptoms or co-occurring conditions.

Education and Support:

Many children with ASD benefit from specialized educational settings, such as inclusive classrooms or schools with a focus on special education.

Support groups and resources for parents and caregivers are widely available and can be very helpful.

Lifespan and Outcomes:

Autism is a lifelong condition, but with early intervention and appropriate support, individuals with ASD can lead fulfilling lives.

Some individuals with ASD have exceptional skills or talents, often referred to as “autistic savants.”

Advocacy and Awareness:

Autism advocacy organizations work to raise awareness, promote acceptance, and provide resources for individuals and families affected by ASD.

It is important to approach individuals with autism with acceptance, understanding, and accommodations. Every person with autism is unique, and their strengths and challenges may vary. Therefore, tailored approaches to support and interventions are crucial. Additionally, ongoing research is being conducted to better understand ASD and develop effective treatments and interventions. In this context Homoeopathic has better effective treatment and interventions for ASD.

Here are some common symptoms of autism and the corresponding homeopathic remedies[1, 4, 5]:

1. Social challenges: Difficulty with social interactions, such as making eye contact, understanding social cues, and developing and maintaining relationships. Homeopathic remedies like Calcarea Carbonica and Natrum Muriaticum can help improve social interactions in individuals with ASD. Calcarea Carbonica is beneficial for individuals who are shy, socially withdrawn, and have difficulty adapting to new situations. Natrum Muriaticum is helpful for those who isolate themselves, feel rejected or have difficulty forming connections with others.

2. Communication difficulties: Delayed language development, repetitive or unusual speech patterns, difficulty in understanding sarcasm or abstract language, and trouble initiating or maintaining conversations. Homeopathic remedies like Stramonium and Baryta Carbonica can help improve verbal and non-verbal communication in individuals with ASD. Stramonium is particularly useful for those who have difficulty expressing themselves or suffer from speech delays. Baryta Carbonica is beneficial for individuals who are shy, introverted, and have difficulty making eye contact.

3. Repetitive behaviors: Engaging in repetitive movements (e.g., hand flapping, rocking), sticking to strict routines, and having a strong resistance to change. Homeopathic remedies like Tuberculinum and Hyoscyamus can help manage behavioral problems such as aggression, tantrums, and hyperactivity. Tuberculinum is useful for individuals who are restless, impulsive, and constantly seeking sensory stimulation. Hyoscyamus is beneficial for those who exhibit erratic behavior, jealousy, or attention-seeking behavior.

4. Sensory sensitivities: Heightened sensitivity or aversion to certain sounds, textures, tastes, or lights. Many individuals with ASD have sensory sensitivities. Homeopathic remedies like Chamomilla and Phosphorus can help manage hypersensitivity to light, sound, touch, or taste. Chamomilla is useful for individuals who are irritable, fussy, and have heightened sensitivity to pain. Phosphorus is beneficial for those who are highly sensitive, imaginative, and easily overwhelmed by sensory stimuli.

5. Restricted interests: Intense focus or preoccupation with specific topics or activities, often at the expense of other interests.

The following remedies mentioned below are commonly used in homoeopathic treatment for autism, but their selection should be based on a thorough understanding of the patients 

1. Stramonium: This remedy may be considered for individuals with severe behavioural problems such as aggression, violence, and fears.

2. Tuberculinum: It is indicated for children with a familial or personal history of tuberculosis. Children who need Tuberculinum may be restless, impulsive, and have difficulty concentrating. They may also display hyperactivity, restlessness, and have a strong desire for stimulation.

3. Baryta carbonica: This remedy may be indicated for individuals who have delayed development, both physically and mentally. They may have difficulty with social interactions and may be shy or anxious in social situations. Poor memory and limited understanding are also common symptoms.

4. Carcinosin: This remedy may be helpful for individuals with a strong family history of cancer or other chronic diseases. There may be a tendency towards perfectionism and sensitivity to criticism. Children requiring Carcinosin may have a fear of change and exhibit obsessive-compulsive behaviours.

7. Lycopodium: This remedy may be indicated for individuals with low self-esteem and a fear of failure. They may exhibit clinginess, jealousy, and have a tendency to manipulate others to avoid confrontation.

It is important to note that homeopathic treatment for autism work in conjunction with other therapies and interventions for autism, such as behavioral therapy and speech therapy, for a well-rounded approach to treatment.


It is important to approach the treatment of autism with an individualized and holistic approach. While there is no cure for autism, there is evidence shows that certain homeopathic drugs can help improve the symptoms and behaviors associated with the condition. It focuses on promoting overall well-being and balancing the body’s internal energy.

However, it is important to note that there is limited scientific research and evidence supporting the effectiveness of homeopathic treatments for autism.

In addition to homeopathy, it is crucial to incorporate other evidence-based interventions and therapies, such as behavioral therapies, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and educational support, to help individuals with autism reach their full potential.

Overall, while homeopathy can be a part of a comprehensive treatment plan for individuals with autism, it is important to approach it with caution and in conjunction with other proven interventions.


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About Author:

  1. Dr Ravi Kumar,

PGT, Deptt. of Practice of Medicine,

 RBTS Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur.

  1. Dr Prince Kumar, 

PGT, Deptt. of Practice of Medicine,

RBTS Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur.

  1. Dr. Priyanka Priyam, 

PGT, Deptt. of Materia Medica, 

RBTS Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur.

About the author

Ravi Kumar

Dr. Ravi Kumar PGT, Department of Practice of Medicine, R.B.T.S. Government Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur, Bihar.