Most people probably don’t think of homeopathy as a treatment for the sensory disorders that often accompany autism spectrum disorder but in fact homeopathic remedies are often very effective in alleviating sensory issues. Sensory problems can take a wide variety of forms including under and over sensitivity of all the various sensory organs. There are homeopathic remedies to match each of these various conditions. For best results we need to choose the one that fits the overall profile of the child.
One of the most frequent sensory problems is oversensitivity to sound for which there are literally hundreds of different homeopathic treatments. One example is Theridion, a homeopathic remedy that is made from a spider. It’s a good medicine for children who are exquisitely sensitive to sound vibration and who are also physically very active and restless. Children who do well with spider remedies, including this one, tend to be very creative but may not do as well with analytical or mathematical skills. They often have a personal or family history of chronic lung disease such as asthma, pneumonia or tuberculosis. They tend to love music, especially very rhythmic music.
Another group of homeopathic medicines that can help with sensitivity to sound are the carbon remedies and others from the first row of the periodical table. Here the sensitivity is to sudden noises and the reaction is to startle. These children may be immature for age and dependent on others for support when there is any change in their environment. They also tend to have many gastrointestinal symptoms. One of the carbon remedies, Natrum carbonicum also treats sensitivities to sunlight. Children who need this medicine are very uncomfortable with sunlight in their eyes and may burn easily when exposed to the sun. The sound sensitivity in these children may take the form of a particular sensitivity to the sound of crumpling or crackling paper as well as sensitivity to certain types of music.
Another remedy for sensitivity to sound, chamomilla, is made from the common herb chamomile. Children who need this homeopathic medicine can be very difficult to deal with. They react with anger and tantrums and can be quite capricious. They might ask for something, and then when it’s given, throw it away in a fit of anger. They may also be very sensitive to open air and to drafts and have a particularly difficult time in cutting teeth. They may want to be constantly held and carried.
So this is just an example of how one needs to look beyond the particular sensory issue to the child’s full profile in order to find the best homeopathic treatment for the sensory problem. There are also homeopathic treatments for sensitivities to touch, vision, smell, taste and just about any sensory issue one could identify. A trained classical homeopath can guide families to the best treatment for their individual child.