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What is Autism ?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how an individual reacts with the world around them. It is characterised by difficulties with social interaction and communication, as well as unusual and repetitive behaviours.

There are several underlying causes that lead to a disconnect between the inner self (Atma) and the mind (Manas). This disruption affects the channels of consciousness (Manovaha Srotas). Additionally, an imbalance in the three bodily energies (Doshas) – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – results in the onset of a disturbed mental state (Unmada).

In simple terms, various factors cause a split between one’s true self and the mind. This disturbance, along with an imbalance in the body’s natural energies, manifests as autism. Though there’s no such reason of why autism happens, potential contributing factors may include:

  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Genetics
  •  Certain gene mutations
  • Advanced parental age
  •  Exposure to pollutants during pregnancy
  • Complications during pregnancy or birth
  •  Brain development differences
  •  Immune system issues during pregnancy
  • Excessive stress & screen time during pregnancy
  • Consumption of unhealthy food and irregular diet of mother
  • Pre and post-pregnancy depression
  • Social interaction and communication difficulties:
  •  Repetitive body movements or motions
  • Strict adherence to routines and resistance to change
  • Highly restricted interests or fixations on certain topics
  • Sensory sensitivities to sounds, textures, tastes, smells, or lights
  • Delayed speech development or complete lack of speech
  • Monotone or flat speech pattern
  • Repeating words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Difficulty understanding simple questions or directions
  • Difficulty with abstract thinking and problem-solving
  • Difficulty expressing or understanding emotions
  • Lack of empathy or difficulty understanding others’ perspectives

Autism Support Program

Kids with autism often lack observation, understanding and awareness abilities. At Sree Prathama Ayurvedam, our autism support program aims to help develop and improve these core skills through a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary ayurvedic approach tailored to each child’s needs which also helps in speech delay.

Dr. Santhisree Bheesetti follows a 4-pillar protocol to help parents understand autism, its underlying causes, and how our integrated ayurvedic treatments can address those root issues to improve the child’s cognitive, social, and behavioral development.

The program aims to restore balance to the body and mind, which can help alleviate the symptoms associated with autism and improve speech. The goal is to support the child’s overall health, development, and well-being by addressing the symptoms holistically.

Our Autism Support Program

The procedure begins with an initial assessment to monitor progress and make adjustments. We then perform an Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis (Nadi Pariksha) to identify imbalances in each child and select appropriate therapies.

 

Based on the results of Nadi Pariksha, Dr Santhisree Bheesetti provides a comprehensive treatment plan based on the 4 pillars of the treatment program.

Pillar 1: Panchakarma Treatment

Panchakarma is a set of a number of detoxification procedures in Ayurveda aimed at eliminating deep-rooted toxins (ama) from the body. Panchakarma therapy  helps in removing toxins that may contribute to the condition and its associated symptoms of autism and other neurological disorders.

Duration: 40 Days (as per the Doctor’s suggestion)

Pillar 2: Internal Medication

For internal medication, we have in-house made Ayurvedic formulations tailored to each child’s condition. These herbal compounds aim to balance the doshas (biological energies) and address underlying imbalances contributing to autism symptoms. The specific internal medications will be prescribed based on the individual child’s needs as determined by our Ayurvedic practitioner.

Duration: 1-3 Year (Depends on the symptoms)

Pillar 3: Dietary Modifications

While internal medicines and ayurvedic therapies are crucial, dietary modifications have an essential role in making a big difference in a kid’s overall health. We provide a diet chart including what to eat and avoid, based on the symptoms of the kid to provide them with proper nutrition. 

Pillar 4: Parent Support

We provide ongoing support to parents and kids including educating and training them on implementing home therapy, dietary changes, and lifestyle practices.

Abhyanga

Abhyanga is a traditional Ayurvedic massage that involves massaging the entire body with curated herbal oils. The massage is performed to improve blood circulation, balance the energies, improve vision prevent chronic diseases, and promote health.

Benefits

Abhyanga offers numerous benefits including:

  • Aids sensory integration
  • Improves communication and social interaction
  • Enhances stimulation of the circulatory and gastrointestinal systems
  • Reduces stress behaviour, positive effects on neurological and neuromuscular development
  • Strengthened infant-parent bonding, and better sleep quality

With careful selection of oil and appropriate precautions under medical guidance, Abhyanga can be safely practised from birth through infancy, delivering a vital message to the modern health world.

Duration: 45 Min

Takradhara

Takradhara is an Ayurvedic treatment that involves pouring medicated buttermilk in a continuous stream onto the forehead in a specific pattern. It is said to have a calming and soothing effect on the mind and can relieve stress and anxiety in people with autism.

Benefits:

Takradhara offers numerous benefits including:

  • Promotes sensory integration
  • Helps in processing stimuli and enhancing sensory-motor coordination
  • Fosters emotional well-being amidst environmental triggers
  • Aids detoxification for overall physical health
  • Enhance cognitive function and mental clarity
  • Empowers autistic kids to engage effectively in daily activities
  •  Addresses both physical and emotional needs
  • Provides a pathway to holistic wellness

Whether you’re seeking relief from sensory sensitivities or stress management support for kids with autism, this therapy provides offers a natural and effective solution.

Duration: 45 Min

Shiro Abhyanga

Shiro Abhyanga is an Ayurvedic head massage which involves massaging the head, neck, and shoulders with warm herbalised oil using a variety of massage techniques. The oil is selected based on your condition and the massage is intended to calm and balance your mind and nervous system.

Benefits :

Abhyanga offers numerous benefits including:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  •  Enhances mental clarity, concentration, and cognitive function
  • Targets marma points on the head, activating essential brain regions associated with speech and cognitive function
  •  Promote better sleep quality
  • Relaxed mind and body

Duration: 45 Min

Vasti

Vasti, an Ayurvedic therapeutic procedure, involves the administration of medicated liquids or oils through the anus, urethra, or vaginal canal. It is employed to address the gastrointestinal imbalances and toxin accumulation that often accompany this neurodevelopmental disorder. By introducing specific herbal formulations or oils, this therapy aims to cleanse and detoxify the body, promoting the expulsion of vitiated doshas (biological energies) and accumulated toxins.

Benefits

Vasti therapy can offer numerous benefits for individuals with autism.

  • Helps relieve constipation, abdominal distension, and chronic digestive issues
  • It improves overall gastrointestinal function and reduce toxin buildup,
  • Contributes to a sense of physical well-being and potentially mitigate sensory overload or anxiety.
  • Supports the gut-brain axis, promoting gut health and neurotransmitter balance
  • Positively impact brain function and stimulation in individuals with autism

Duration: 45 Min

Nasya

Nasya is an Ayurvedic therapeutic procedure that involves the administration of Nose-to-brain drops (hand curated by Dr Santhisree Bheesetti) through the nasal passage. It is employed to target the brain and central nervous system directly. It is believed that the nasal route provides a direct pathway for the therapeutic substances to reach the brain, potentially influencing the neurological imbalances associated with autism.

Benefits:

Nasya therapy can offer several potential benefits including:

  • Alleviates sensory processing issues, anxiety, and cognitive difficulties
  •  Eliminate toxins and doshas from the head region
  • Enhances mental clarity and focus
  • Improves vision, hearing, and smell functionality
  • Induces a calming effect on the mind and emotions
  • Stimulates both the primary and secondary speech areas of the brain
  • Supportes speech development in individuals with autism

Duration: 45 Min

Pizhichil

Also, known as King’s Treatment, Pizhichil is an ayurvedic therapy that is beneficial for disorders related to Shareerika doshas (body) and Manasika doshas (mind). It is a combination of 2 therapies Snehana (oil massage) and Swedhana (to induce sweat), involving pouring of medicated oil over the entire body systematic manner while the patient is massaged simultaneously.

Benefits

Pizhichil offers numerous benefits including:

  • Promote relaxation and reduce anxiety
  • Alleviate symptoms such as restlessness, irritability, and self-injurious behaviours
  • Enhance body awareness, improve sensory processing, and regulate the nervous system
  • Improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and promote overall physical well-being
  • Alleviate conditions like joint pain or digestive issues

Duration: 45 Min

Shashti Shali Pinda Swedana

Shashti Shali Pinda Swedana, also known as Navarakizhi or Shashtikashali Pinda Sweda, is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment that involves the application of bundles of cooked rice (shali) mixed with herbal decoctions and milk on the body. This treatment is beneficial for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including ADHD, cerebral palsy, global developmental disorders, paralysis, and similar conditionsdue to its potential therapeutic effects.

Benefits

Pizhichil offers numerous benefits including:

  • Improves sensory processing and provides a calming effect
  • Promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety and restlessness
  • Aids in detoxification and enhances overall well-being
  • Enhances sleep quality and duration
  • Alleviates muscle tension and stiffness
  • Improves blood circulation and bodily functions
  • Offers a gentle, soothing, and therapeutic experience

Duration: 45 Min

Thalam

Thalam refers to an Ayurvedic therapy where medicated oils and herbal paste is gently applied onto the center of the head (usually the crown area) using one’s hands and left alone for a few minutes to let the oils or preparations get absorbed into the scalp. This practice, originally designed to address conditions like lack of memory, willpower, and concentration arising from modern lifestyle factors, is now being used by ayurvedic doctors as a potential therapy to manage symptoms of autism.

Benefits:

Pizhichil offers numerous benefits including:

  • Facilitates sensory integration and regulation through rhythmic tapping
  • Induces relaxation and reduces anxiety, restlessness, and hyperactivity
  • Enhances focus, attention, and concentration through grounding effects
  • Promotes communication and social interaction in a therapeutic setting
  • Improves sleep quality by promoting a calm state
  • Alleviates muscle tension, discomfort, and pain through gentle massage
  • Supports overall well-being by balancing energy systems and promoting calmness

Duration: 45 Min

Shiropichu

Shiropichu is an Ayurvedic therapy where a cotton pad soaked in hand-made medicated oil is placed on the head of an individual, targeting areas of stress or tension, for a duration of 40 to 60 minutes.

Benefits:

Pizhichil offers numerous benefits including:

  • Treats psychological and neurological disorders like paralysis and facial palsy
  • Induces sleep
  • Improves memory
  • Supports healthy sense organs
  • Relieves headaches and migraines
  • Relieves stress and calms the mind
  • Decreases stiffness in the neck and eye strain
  • Reduces scalp burning and other scalp diseases

Duration: 45 Min

Thalapothichil

This ayurvedic therapy involves applying a medicated paste or oil on the head of the kid. The procedure includes a paste of hand-curated medicinal herbs in buttermilk applied over the scalp followed by banana leaves and cloth wrapped around the scalp.

Benefits:

Thalapothichil offers benefits including:

  • Enhance sleep quality and improves memory
  • Provide relief from the heaviness of the head
  • Stabilize the nervous system
  • Improves the luster and smoothness of hair

Duration: 45 Min

Swedana

Swedana is a form of therapeutic sweating induced by applying heat or steam, or using heated medicaments by the experienced ayurvedic practitioners.

Benefits:

Swedana offers benefits including:

  • Provide relief from stiffness, heaviness, and coldness in the body or body parts
  • Detoxify the body
  • Enhance metabolism and immunity
  • Rejuvenates the body and mind

Duration: 45 Min

Patra Pinda Swedana

Also known as Ela Kizhi, this involves massaging the body with heated herbal poultices/boluses made from leaves. This procedure is performed by the ayurvedic therapists after abhyanga.

Benefits:

Swedana offers benefits including:

  • Patra Pinda Swedana offers benefits including:
  • Relief from pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness
  • Strengthens muscles, joints, ligaments, and tissues
  • Promotes muscle and joint health
  • Improves circulation

Duration: 45 Min

Why Choose us

For over a decade, we have been committed to providing authentic Ayurvedic treatment and wellness services rooted in traditional practices. At our welcoming hospital, we blend Ayurvedic medical expertise with personalised care to support the health and healing of each individual who walks through our doors.

We are dedicated to providing the best quality treatment, offering an ancient holistic way of treating symptoms of virtual autism. 

Founded by Dr Santhisree Bheesetti, a dynamic and passionate Ayurvedic doctor, our hospitals have a team of experts in the field of Ayurveda.

We follow a philosophy of bringing balance between body, mind, spirit, and social well-being, which is central to Ayurveda.

With branches across India, including Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, and Karnataka, we have a wide reach and accessibility.

Our experienced team is dedicated to providing personalized and gentle care tailored to each individual’s needs.

Our noble aim is “Your Health Our Priority,” striving to apply Ayurveda philosophy for overall well-being.

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