Most people probably don’t think of homeopathy as a treatment for sensory processing disorder. In fact, homeopathic remedies are often very effective in alleviating various forms of sensory dysregulation. Sensory dysregulation can take a wide variety of forms, including under and over sensitivity of any of the sensory systems.
There are homeopathic remedies to match each sensory system that is dys-regulated. For the most optimal results, it is best to consult with a homeopathic practitioner to choose the remedy that fits the overall profile of the child.
One of the most frequent presentation of sensory dysregulation is over-sensitivity to sound. There are literally hundreds of different homeopathic treatments to address this over-sensitivity, but I will highlight a few common remedies.
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. They are also very, physically active and restless.
Children who do well with spider remedies tend to be very creative. However, they may not do as well with analytical or mathematical skills.
These children will often have a personal or family history of chronic lung disease, such as asthma or pneumonia. This child tends to love music, especially very rhythmic music.
Homeopathy: Carbon Remedies
Another group of homeopathic medicines that can help with sensitivity to sound are the carbon remedies.
Here, the sensitivity is to sudden noises and the reaction is to startle.
This child may be immature for his age. She may be dependent on others for support whenever there is any change in the environment.
This child may also tend to have many gastrointestinal symptoms.
Natrum Carbonicum – Sensitivity to Light
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. They may also burn easily when exposed to the sun.
The sound sensitivity in these children may take be particularly reactive to the sound of crumpling or crackling paper and display a 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.
This child might ask for something, and then when it’s given, throw it away in a fit of anger.
She may also be very sensitive to open air and drafts. He may have a particularly difficult time with cutting teeth.
He may want to be constantly held and carried.
The remedies mentioned above are just a few, small examples of how one needs to look beyond the particular sensory dysregulation. An exploration of the child’s full profile is warranted in order to find the best homeopathic treatment for the sensory dysregulation.
There are also homeopathic treatments for sensitivities to touch, vision, smell, taste and just about any form of sensory dysregulation one could identify. A trained classical homeopath can guide families to the most optimal treatment for their individual child. Homeopathic medicine is another therapy to consider when developing a treatment plan for children with sensory dysregulation.