Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - ASPERGER SYNDROME

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Asperger Syndrome

General description and overview of Asperger Syndrome


Asperger syndrome (AS) is a neurobiological disorder that is part of a group of conditions called autism spectrum disorders. It is a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people.

The term "autism spectrum" refers to a range of developmental disabilities that includes autism as well as other disorders with similar characteristics. They are known as spectrum disorders because the symptoms of each can appear in different combinations and in varying degrees of severity, e.g. two children with the same diagnosis, though they may share certain patterns of behavior, can exhibit a wide range of skills and abilities.

As a result, general terms such as "low-functioning," "high-functioning," "autistic tendencies," "pervasive developmental disorder," and others are often used to describe children whose behaviors fall within the spectrum. Kids with AS share many of the same symptoms as those with "high-functioning autism".

While there are similarities with autism, people with Asperger syndrome have fewer problems with speaking and are often of average, or above average, intelligence. They do not usually have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism, but they may have specific learning difficulties. These may include dyslexia and dyspraxia or other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy.

People with Asperger syndrome come from all nationalities, cultures, social backgrounds and religions. However, the condition appears to be more common in males than females; the reason for which is unknown.

 

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What Exactly Is Asperger Syndrome?

The disorder is named after Hans Asperger, a Viennese pediatrician who, in 1940, first described a set of behavior patterns apparent in some of his patients, mostly males. Asperger noticed that although these boys had normal intelligence and language development, they had severely impaired social skills, were unable to communicate effectively with others, and had poor coordination.

According to the Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the United States, the onset of AS is later than what is typical in autism — or at least it is recognized later. Many kids are diagnosed after age 3, with most diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 9.

Overall, people with AS are capable of functioning in everyday life, but tend to be somewhat socially immature and may be seen by others as odd or eccentric. Experts say that AS follows a continuous course and usually lasts a lifetime. However, symptoms can wax and wane over time, and early intervention services can be helpful.

With the right support and encouragement, people with Asperger syndrome can lead full and independent lives.

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Symptoms of Asperger Syndrome


Asperger syndrome is mostly a 'hidden disability'. This means that you can't tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance. People with the condition have difficulties in three main areas. They are:

  • social communication

  • social interaction

  • social imagination

They are often referred to as 'the triad of impairments' and are explained in more detail below.

Because the symptoms of AS are often hard to differentiate from other behavioral problems, it's best to let a doctor or other health professional evaluate your child's symptoms. It's not uncommon for a child to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) before a diagnosis of AS is made later.

Herbal supplements & remedies for asperger syndrome - It's estimated that more than 400,000 families are affected by asperger syndrome in the U.S. There are over half a milion people in the UK with an autism spectrum disorder - that's around 1 in 100. Because milder cases are being identified more frequently, the incidence appears to be increasing. However, like other autism spectrum disorders, asperger syndrome is often difficult to diagnose and treat.

Difficulty with social communication

"If you have Asperger syndrome, understanding conversation is like trying to understand a foreign language."

People with Asperger syndrome sometimes find it difficult to express themselves emotionally and socially. For example, they may:

  • have difficulty understanding gestures, facial expressions or tone of voice

  • have difficulty knowing when to start or end a conversation and choosing topics to talk about

  • conversations almost always revolving around self rather than others

  • use complex words and phrases but may not fully understand what they mean

  • "scripted," "robotic," or repetitive speech

  • be very literal in what they say and can have difficulty understanding jokes, metaphor and sarcasm. For example, a person with Asperger syndrome may be confused by the phrase 'That's cool' when people use it to say something is good

In order to help a person with Asperger syndrome understand you, keep your sentences short - be clear and concise.

Difficulty with social interaction

"I have difficulty picking up social cues, and difficulty in knowing what to do when I get things wrong."

Many people with Asperger syndrome want to be sociable but have difficulty with initiating and sustaining social relationships, which can make them very anxious. People with the condition may:

  • struggle to make and maintain friendships

  • not understand the unwritten 'social rules' that most of us pick up without thinking. For example, they may stand too close to another person, or start an inappropriate topic of conversation

  • find other people unpredictable and confusing

  • become withdrawn and seem uninterested in other people, appearing almost aloof

  • behave in what may seem an inappropriate manner

Difficulty with social imagination

"We have trouble working out what other people know. We have more difficulty guessing what other people are thinking."

People with Asperger syndrome can be imaginative in the conventional use of the word. For example, many are accomplished writers, artists and musicians. But people with Asperger syndrome can have difficulty with social imagination. This can include:

  • imagining alternative outcomes to situations and finding it hard to predict what will happen next

  • understanding or interpreting other peoples thoughts, feelings or actions. The subtle messages that are put across by facial expression and body language are often missed

  • having a limited range of imaginative activities, which can be pursued rigidly and repetitively e.g. lining up toys or collecting and organizing things related to his or her interest.

Some children with Asperger syndrome may find it difficult to play 'let's pretend' games or prefer subjects rooted in logic and systems, such as mathematics.


Homeopathic medicines & remedies for asperger syndrome - Although kids with AS can have problems with attention span and organization, and have skills that seem well developed in some areas and lacking in others, they usually have average and sometimes above-average intelligence


Other general signs and symptoms which might be present in a child with AS are:

  • Lack of "common sense"

  • Problems with reading, math, or writing skills

  • Obsession with complex topics such as patterns or music - Sometimes these interests are lifelong; in other cases, one interest is replaced by an unconnected interest. For example, a person with Asperger syndrome may focus on learning all there is to know about trains or computers. On the positive side, with encouragement, interests and skills can be developed so that people with Asperger syndrome can study or work in their favourite subjects.

  • Average to below-average nonverbal cognitive abilities, though verbal cognitive abilities are usually average to above-average

  • Love of routines - People with Asperger syndrome may have rules and rituals (ways of doing things) which they insist upon. Young children, for example, may insist on always walking the same way to school. In class, they may get upset if there is a sudden change to the timetable.

  • Sensory difficulties - These can occur in one or all of the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste). The degree of difficulty varies from one individual to another. Most commonly, an individual's senses are either intensified (over-sensitive) or underdeveloped (under-sensitive). For example, bright lights, loud noises, overpowering smells, particular food textures and the feeling of certain materials can be a cause of anxiety and pain for people with Asperger syndrome.

  • Awkward movements - People with sensory sensitivity may also find it harder to use their body awareness system. This system tells us where our bodies are, so for those with reduced body awareness, it can be harder to navigate rooms avoiding obstructions, stand at an appropriate distance from other people and carry out 'fine motor' tasks such as tying shoelaces.

  • Odd behaviors or mannerisms - Some people with Asperger syndrome may rock or spin to help with balance and posture or to help them deal with stress.

It's important to note that, unlike kids with autism, those with AS might show no delays in language development; they usually have good grammatical skills and an advanced vocabulary at an early age. However, they typically do exhibit a language disorder — they might be very literal and have trouble using language in a social context.

Often there are no obvious delays in cognitive development or in age-appropriate self-help skills such as feeding and dressing themselves.

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Causes of Asperger Syndrome


Researchers and mental health experts are still investigating the causes of autism and AS. Many believe that the pattern of behavior that characterizes AS may have many causes. However, research suggests that a combination of factors - genetic and environmental - may account for changes in brain development. AS may be associated with other mental health disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Researchers are also looking into whether environmental factors that affect brain development might play a role. The exact cause of Asperger syndrome is still being investigated.

Contrary to the incorrect assumptions some may make about people with the disorder, AS is not caused by emotional deprivation or by a person's upbringing, his social circumstances and is not the fault of the individual with the condition.. Because some of the behaviors exhibited by someone with AS may be seen by others as intentionally rude, many people wrongly assume that AS is the result of bad parenting — it isn't. It's a neurobiological disorder whose causes are not yet fully understood.

Currently, there is no cure for the disorder — kids with AS become adults with AS. But many lead full and happy lives, and the likelihood of achieving this is enhanced with appropriate education, support, and resources.


Causes & natural remedies for asperger syndrome - There are diagnostic differences between conditions on the autism spectrum. Sometimes people may receive a diagnosis of autism or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), high-functioning autism (HFA) or atypical autism instead of Asperger syndrome. Alternatively, they may be given a diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder - not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) or semantic pragmatic disorder. However, people who have been given these diagnoses will have similar difficulties and similar support needs to those who have Asperger syndrome.


Diagnosing Asperger Syndrome

Because Asperger syndrome varies widely from person to person, making a diagnosis can be difficult. Children with AS function well in most aspects of life, and so it can be easy to attribute their strange behaviors to just being "different." It is often diagnosed later in children than autism and sometimes difficulties may not be recognized and diagnosed until adulthood.

If your child exhibits some of the symptoms and behaviors that are typical of AS, the typical route for getting a diagnosis is to visit a GP. He or she can refer you to a mental health professional or other specialist who can make a formal diagnosis. Most frequently they will be psychiatrists or clinical psychologists and, in the case of children, pediatricians.

When a specialist assesses your child, a thorough "psychosocial" evaluation will be performed. This includes a careful history of when symptoms were first recognized, the child's development of motor skills and language patterns, and other aspects of personality and behavior (including favorite activities, unusual habits, preoccupations, etc.).

Particular emphasis is placed on social development, including past and present problems in social interaction and development of friendships. A psychological evaluation and assessment of communication skills are usually conducted to determine your child's strengths and skills that may be deficient.

Some people see a formal diagnosis as an unhelpful label; however, for many a diagnosis:

  • helps the individual, families, friends, partners, caretakers, professionals and colleagues to better understand and manage their needs and behavior

  • is the key needed to open the door to specialized support, e.g. supported living or finding suitable employment.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Asperger Syndrome


While there is no specific treatment or 'cure' for Asperger's Syndrome, there are many interventions that can significantly improve the functioning and quality of life of people and children with Asperger's. It is important to properly classify the condition and remember that it is not Asperger's disease, but rather a syndrome.

Herbal and homeopathic remedies can be viable alternatives to synthetic drugs and may be just as effective, with far fewer risks and side effects.

It is important that you only use natural remedies from a reliable source, as the quality of herbs used as well as methods of preparation may affect the strength and effectiveness of the remedy.

Depending on the symptoms that need treatment, certain herbal ingredients such as St. John’s Wort,  Melissa officinalis, Passiflora, and Chamomile, among others, may be recommended as part of a holistic treatment plan.

Natural remedies may often contain a combination of ingredients for best effect. A holistic treatment plan aims to address the underlying cause of the problem and does not just treat the symptoms in isolation. In this way, it provides an all-around approach to greater well-being.

In children

  • To support brain health and maintain a healthy supply of blood and nutrients to the brain, herbs popularly & effectively used include Ginkgo Biloba,  Scuttellaria laterifolia (Skullcap), Matricaria recutita (German chamomile), Centella asiatica (Gotu cola), Avena Sativa, Urtica Urens, andAspalathus linearis (Rooibos)

  • To reduce routine impulsive, restless and erratic behavior, some of the most effective homeopathic remedies include Hyoscyamus (30C), Arsen iod (30C) and Verta alb. (30C)

  • To maintain emotional balance, a reasonable attitude and feelings of well-being in children, herbs such as Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort) and Passiflora incarnata (also known as Passion flower) have been found to be extremely beneficial.

  • To reduce the frequency and strength of common childhood tantrums, calm and soothe fiery tempers, you may opt for homeopathic remedies such asCina (6C) (Artemesia Cina) and Chamomila (6C).

  • For nervous system support herbs such as Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm), Lavandula augustifolia (Lavender) and Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower) have been proven to be quite effective.

In adults

  • For their supportive function in maintaining brain, nervous system, circulatory health, and overall well-being, herbs such as Centella asiatica (Gotu cola), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), and Panax Ginseng (Asian Ginseng) are quite popularly used.

  • To support emotional well-being and stability, lessen general feelings of the blues, support a healthy motivated attitude, a well-adjusted outlook and positive temperament, as well as support healthy sleep patterns, the two most effective herbs traditionally used are Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort) and Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower)

  • For relaxing and calming properties to assist with occasional routine sleeplessness and to relax and wind down at night, herbal & homeopathic remedies such as Avena sativa, Scuttelaria laterifolia, Passiflora incarnatais, Coffea (30C), and Nux vomica (30C) are quite renowned.

  • To lessen common feelings of being flustered, bothered or on-edge, and to soothe the nerves, you may go for herbal remedies such as Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm), Lavandula augustifolia (Lavender) and Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower)

   

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Focus Formula for asperger's syndrome - Promotes concentration, memory and ability to focus attention without distraction.

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Dietary recommendations in Asperger Syndrome

Although it has been found that most children with behavioral problems are not particularly affected by diet, some parents may notice that a particular drink or food does make their child’s behavior worse. A normal diet contains several things that can affect brain’s chemistry. For example, caffeine, found in tea, coffee and certain cold drinks, has an effect upon the behavior of many children, and tends to worsen irritability and restlessness.

If you suspect that a particular food upsets your child (according to the National Autistic Society, apples, oranges and tomatoes are frequently cited by parents as causing marked behavior problems), keep a diary of your child’s diet. Make a note of whether he or she has had any of the suspect food, and then remove it from the diet, checking ingredient lists to see whether it is included in any processed foods. If after a month the diet has had no effect, the food can be given again. Be aware, however, that restricting the intake of certain foods can also exacerbate the condition.

Some studies show that children who have Asperger's benefit from antioxidants like vitamin C. Vitamin C may play a positive role because of its known effects on a hormone pathway typically disturbed in children with autism. Vitamin C is richly found in citrus fruits (watch out for orange and tomato, possible allergens), blackcurrant, vegetables (broccoli, potatoes), red capsicums and chillies, strawberry, kiwifruit and rockmelon.

Research shows that vitamin B6 can be helpful for children with Asperger's. Supplemental amounts are widely considered to have potential toxicity that can damage the nervous system; hence, a doctor should only administer these amounts. Good dietary sources include chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, shrimp, beef liver, lentils, soybeans, nuts, avocados, bananas, carrots, brown rice, bran, pulses, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and whole-grain flour.

Some researchers have added magnesium to vitamin B6, reporting that taking both nutrients may have better effects than taking B6 alone. Foods rich in magnesium include shellfish, fish, whole grains, leafy greens, soya beans, bananas, beans, apricots


Helpful dietary habits in asperger syndrome - The most important dietary consideration for children with Asperger's is that they should have a balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables

Dos and don'ts and precautions in Asperger Syndrome

There is currently no cure and no specific treatment for Asperger syndrome. Children with Asperger syndrome become adults with Asperger syndrome. However, as our understanding of the condition improves and services continue to develop, people with Asperger syndrome have more opportunity than ever of reaching their full potential.

According to mental health experts, if your child has AS, early intervention is very important. Intervention involving educational and social training, performed while a child's brain is still developing, is highly recommended.

There are many approaches, therapies and interventions, which can improve an individual's quality of life. These may include communication-based interventions, behavioural therapy and dietary changes.

Treating Asperger Syndrome

Because AS can present patterns of behaviors and problems that differ widely from child to child, there isn't a "typical" or prescribed treatment regimen. However, your child may benefit from the following forms of treatment:

  • parent education and training

  • specialized educational interventions for the child

  • social skills training

  • language therapy

  • sensory integration training for younger kids, usually performed by an occupational therapist, in which they are desensitized to stimuli to which they're overly sensitive

  • psychotherapy or behavioral/cognitive therapy for older children

  • medications

It will help if you involve all of your child's caregivers in the treatment. The health professionals who are caring for your child should know what the others are doing, and you will often find yourself acting as the "case manager" in this scenario. Teachers, babysitters, other family members, close friends, and anyone else who cares for your child also should be involved.

Helping Your Child

Although AS presents challenges for affected kids and their parents, you can help your child adjust and offer support in many ways:

  • Learn all you can about Asperger’s Syndrome. Look into educational or training programs for parents. You're your child's first teacher and you'll continue to be the cornerstone in supporting his or her development. The more you know about your child’s problems and differences, the more you can do to help them.

  • Teach your child self-help skills. Learning these skills helps kids achieve maximum independence.

  • Help others to understand your child. Parents know their children best, and are aware of what sets them off as well as what comforts them. Inform educators and professionals of these things so that their time spent with your child is more productive and personal. Because it's not always obvious that a child has AS, alert others to the fact that your child has special needs. As a parent, you may have to take on the role of educator when dealing with teachers, medical personnel, and other caregivers. Depending on your child’s difficulties, therapists, teachers, and tutors will begin to play a key role in your child’s development. Make sure that a clear line of communication exists between you and all those working with your child. 

  • Find a program that addresses your child's specific needs or areas of "deficiency." The Autism Society of America (ASA) encourages family members to talk to the program director to determine if the curriculum or program addresses their child's particular issues.

  • Adapt their environment. Choose special programs or treatments that focus on long-term outcomes and that take the developmental level of your child into consideration. Respond to your child’s sensory needs by providing appropriate amounts of stimulation without overwhelming them. Small things such as buying soft fabrics, cutting scratchy labels off clothes, or dimming bright lights in the house can go a long way in helping a sensory-sensitive child.

  • Remember that your child is part of a family unit and that his or her needs should be balanced with the those of other family members.

  • Get support for yourself and other family members. You can't help your child if you are not meeting your own emotional and physical needs. Find a support network of health care professionals that suit your child. Your community may offer support groups at a local hospital or mental health center. There is considerable state-to-state variation in the types of government-sponsored services and other programs available to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

  • Concentrate on your child’s strengths. Asperger’s children usually develop extreme interests in certain subjects. Help your child develop these into constructive passions by providing reading and learning material in this area. Visit museums and galleries, and take trips to interesting places. If your child struggles with other learning difficulties such as math or spelling, it may be helpful to use their passions when teaching these other subjects.


Herbal & homeopathic supplements & remedies for asperger syndrome - Use rewards to motivate your child. For example, allow him or her to watch TV or play a favorite game or give points toward a "special interest" gift when he or she perform well.


Social Skills Training


This should be one of the most important components of a treatment program. Children with Asperger's Syndrome can be helped to learn social skills by an experienced psychologist.

Body language and nonverbal communication can be taught in much the same way as one would teach a foreign language. Provide clear explanations of why certain behaviors are expected, and teach rules for those behaviors. For example, hugging may not be appropriate at school but is usually fine at home. Children with Asperger's can learn to interpret nonverbal expressions of emotion and social interaction. This can assist them with social interaction, peer relationships, and prevent the isolation and depression that often occurs as they enter adolescence. Help your child understand others' feelings by role-playing and watching and discussing human behaviors seen in movies or on television. Provide a model for your child by telling him or her about your own feelings and reactions to those feelings.

In addition, recognizing that it is not Asperger's disease but rather a condition can go a long way in mentally accepting the characteristics associated with the syndrome. Encourage your child to learn how to interact with people and what to do when spoken to, and explain why it is important. Give lots of praise, especially when he or she uses a social skill without prompting. You should also practice activities, such as games or question-and-answer sessions, that call for taking turns or putting yourself in the other person's place.

Educational Intervention

Because children with Asperger's Syndrome may differ widely in terms of IQ and ability levels, schools should learn to individualize educational programs for these children. Some of them may cope well in a mainstream class with additional support, while others may need to receive specialized education. Ask your child's teacher to seat your child next to classmates who are sensitive to your child's special needs. These classmates might also serve as "buddies" during recess, at lunch, and at other times. Encourage your child's teacher to include your child in classroom activities that emphasize his or her best academic skills, such as reading, vocabulary, and art. In all cases, teachers should be aware of the special needs of Asperger's children, who often need a great deal more support than first appears necessary. Be aware of and try to protect your child from bullying and teasing. Talk to your child's teacher or school counselor about educating classmates about Asperger's syndrome.

At home, use visual systems, such as calendars, checklists, and notes, to help define and organize schoolwork. Orient your child to the school setting. Before the school year starts, take time to "walk through" your child's daily schedule. You can also use pictures to make your child familiar with the new settings before school starts. Set up homework routines for your child by doing homework at a specific time and place every day. This will help your child learn about time management. Some children with Asperger's have poor handwriting. Typing schoolwork on a computer may be one way to make homework easier. Using computers can also help children improve fine motor skills and organize information. Occupational therapy may also be helpful.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Asperger Syndrome

Asperger's Pack

Supports healthy brain functions, mental focus, and balanced moods.

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MindSoothe Jr.

Promote balanced mood and stability in children.

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Focus Formula

Promotes concentration, memory and ability to focus attention without distraction.

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Tula Tantrum Tamer™

Helps reduce tantrums, soothe fiery tempers and reduce frustration in young children.

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