Although many therapies and treatments for autism are without any scientifically proven support, parents of autistic children are still choosing them and seeing many autistic symptoms improve within a reasonable time period.
Most Popular Unproven Therapies for Autism
Here is a list of the most popular unproven therapies for autism:
Melatonin Melatonin is an endogenous neurohormone which is released by the pineal gland when responding to reducing levels of light, causing drowsiness and setting the body’s sleep clock. Because autistic children have a high occurrence of sleep problems, melatonin is used increasingly to assist them fall asleep. Overall, melatonin is one of the most studied complementary and alternative treatments (CATs).
B6 and Magnesium They are among the oldest and most studies supplementation strategies for autism in supposedly remedying a metabolic aberration, but requiring a greater dosage. Improvements have been seen in communication, repetitive behaviors, and social interactions. Pfeiffer identified at least a dozen studies showing improvements largely in a controlled manner, but with several methodological flaws.
Methyl B12 Deficiency of B12 can happen in some ASD people due to poor diet, metabolic dysregulation, or poor absorption. Methyl B12 is usually given at high dose injections every 3 days. Improvements can be observed in behavior problems, social relatedness, and language.
Folic Acid Folic acid has been seriously considered because of a polymorphism in the gene, for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase doubles the danger of autism. A trial of B12 and folic acid in autistic children demonstrated significant improvement in both expressive and receptive language.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is vital to brain development, and being necessary for immune regulation and cell communication, and being part of well-working neuronal membranes, low levels have been reported in autistic children.
Probiotics & GI Medication Increasing evidence for a brain-gut link is connected with some ASD cases. This indicates benefit from a fair dosage of both probiotics and digestive enzyme with meals to assist digestion of disaccharides and exorphin peptides, specifically for those experiencing gastrointestinal disturbance. Probiotics are microorganisms believed to enhance digestive health, and some say these agents can also support in eliminating toxins and helping with immune function.
Iron Low iron and serum ferritin intake are reported in some kids with ASD. Such low levels are linked with both behavioral and neurological problems, poor sleep, and psychomotor retardation. Recent studies indicate that antipsychotic Tx, frequently used for irritability of ASD, is linked with decreased body iron stores.
Ascorbic Acid The thinking for ascorbic acid (vitamin C) supplementation in sizable doses is that it effectively blocks binding to DA receptors and even corrects redox balance, which lead to correcting metabolic stress, which can contribute to ASD symptoms.