Classical homeopathy has been used with some success to both alleviate mental and physical symptoms, and sometimes to cure individuals with autism. Many parents have reported significant improvement in their autistic children after the children received homeopathic care.
In classical homeopathy, remedy selection involves addressing the person in totality by looking at the following:
- Physical Symptoms
- Emotional Symptoms
- Genetic weaknesses (also identified as miasms or constitutions)
- Environmental factors such as vaccinations, drugs or other environmental toxins
If the remedy is correctly selected on the totality of symptoms, then improvement may be seen in all areas. Homeopaths try to determine the individual’s susceptibility, ie. Individual weaknesses in the vital force, to both cure and prevent a re-occurrence of symptoms. The first effort should be to take a full case and give the remedy that most closely matches the individual’s expression of their disease. It is a widely held belief in many circles that the MMR vaccine has catapulted ASD to its current level of epidemic proportion. To the extent that vaccines have been involved in a particular case, the potentized vaccine may also help.
Though many ADD/HD individuals have been helped by homeopathy, it is still believed that a full recovery through homeopathy is not usual. However, many homeopaths see big improvements in the symptoms and behaviors of ASD individuals, even when there is not complete recovery. Starting treatment as early as possible improves the chance of a successful recovery from autism. Ideally treatment should begin before age 5. It has been observed that as children with ASD age, they seem to become more distant and it is harder to bring them back. Cases are also often complicated by other interventions such as allopathic drugs, vaccinations, behavioral therapies, etc.
Curing autism can be a long term project, taking months or even years, as the homeopath deals with various layers and tries to understand the individual well enough to select the true simillimum. When a remedy is found that resonates, the effect is usually quite evident and significant improvements can be seen. Homeopaths ask parents to not introduce other treatments or interventions in the earlier stages of homeopathy, so they can observe the direct effects of the homeopathic treatment.
Below are several homeopaths who have contributed greatly to our knowledge of treating autism:
Amy Lansky, PhD
Amy Lansky is the author of the well known book “The Impossible Cure”. Amy’s own son was cured with homeopathy, which led her to study homeopathy and write this book. Amy does not personally treat autistic individuals, but is very active in promoting and educating people about homeopathy. Her book is a wonderful introduction to homeopathy and helps parents of children with autism to understand homeopathy’s course of treatment and to select a homeopath.
Dr. Luc De Schepper
Dr. Luc De Schepper is a classical homeopath who has contributed much to our knowledge of treating ASD. He has had success in working with ASD as well as ADD/ADHD. His website contains links to many articles he has written on treating autism and ADD with homeopathy. He has come up with new perspectives, such as the susceptibility to vaccines being linked to the syphilis miasm. He also theorizes that this susceptibility explains why ASD children are more susceptible to mercury and why mercury has been a prominent remedy in treating autism. He also stresses the importance of treating the mother and is interested in the mother’s experience during pregnancy and possible events, traumas, and a family history that might lead to the emergence of the syphilitic miasm.
Pierre Fontaine, RSHom., CCH
Pierre Fontaine focuses on finding the individual qualities of the autistic child. He tends to use mainly animal remedies, although he does use minerals and plants as well. Basing his work on Temple Grandin’s work in her book “Animals in Translation,” he observes that rather than being hypersensitive, children with autism are hyper perceptive like animals, taking mental pictures and remembering minute details. This can be what leads to the need for routine in their lives and the difficulty in adapting to change. These characteristics are also perceived in the animal kingdom. Remedies are prescribed on each animal’s extraordinary and individual hyper perception and how it links to that child’s individual perception. He also stresses the need to “feel” the child rather than to base remedy choice on a mechanical rational approach.
Dr. Tinus Smits
In his treatment of autism, the late Dr. Smits worked mainly with potentized forms of the vaccines that seemed to trigger the autism. He also worked with potentized forms of antibiotics and other allopathic medicines that had been administered to the children.
In his general work with homeopathy he explored the idea of layers of human experience leading to the use remedies in sequence. As explained by Dr. Smits:
“In this regard a distinction has to be made between the individual layer with eventually sub-layers, caused by vaccination, allopathic drugging or important emotional afflictions, and the universal layers, treating lack of self-confidence, affective problems, incarnation problems, lack of boundaries, old traumas (victim problems), guilt (bully side) and duality, the last obstacle to our unification with our higher self our soul. In totality there are seven universal layers. At the individual layer everybody needs his individual remedy, but once arrived in the universal layers, only a few remedies can be used. These remedies are: Carcinosinum, Carcinosinum cum Cuprum, Cuprum metallicum; Saccharum officinale; Lac maternum; Vernix caseosa; Rhus toxicodendron; Anacardium orientale; Hydrogenium. This aspect of universal layers, where the individuality of the patient seems to be lost, can be for the classical homeopath a big obstacle. But once the patient enters these universal layers, practice proved to me that these remedies were the best ones to resolve their problems and to help them to evolve to deeper awareness and more stability in physical and emotional, mental and spiritual health“.
His work appears to be a crossover between the Timeline or Sequential method, and the classical approach.
Judith Reichenberg-Ullman, Robert Ullman
The Ullmans have been instrumental in bringing awareness about the use of homeopathy in ASD and ADD/HD. Their books on the subject are “Ritalin Free Kids”, and “The drug free approach to Asperger Syndrome and Autism”. They have classical homeopathic approach to working with autism. They tend to look at the case in a psychological way, working predominantly at the level of emotion, and looking at the child’s behavior and fears, aversions, modalities. They have been very successful in their work with ASD individuals and have contributed greatly to this area of research in homeopathy.
Looking forward to the MICH Method
As we move forward into practicing Classical Homeopathy with the MICH method, we look forward to seeing further success in the treatment of ASD individuals. By providing a compassionate space for the client to express their inner world, in whatever way they choose (including non verbal), the MICH method allows full exploration of the individual’s disease or suffering at the energetic level of vital sensation. This is important, not only in bringing us to the simillimum, but in allowing the client to participate in their own exploration and healing as they become more aware of their own perceptions and disease expression.
Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy
6th Feb 2008
Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, by Amy L Lansky.
Ritalin Free Kids: Safe and Effective Homeopathic Medicine for ADHD and Other Behavioural and Learning Problems, by Judith Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman.
A drug Free Approach to Asperger Syndrome and Autism: Homeopathic Care for Exceptional Kids, by Judith Reichenberg-Ullman, Robert Ullman, Ian Luepker, and Bernard Rimland.