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  1. Herbal Remedies for Autism • Autism One • 2009 • Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, D.N.-C., R.H. • International Integrative Educational Institute • Eugene, Oregon • Integrative_education@msn.com Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  2. Karta Purkh Singh KhalsaPresenter • Natural healing field- 37 years • Herbalist, Nutritionist • Industry consultant • Product development specialist • Daughter, 16 years old, Asperger’s Syndrome Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  3. Conditions and Concerns • PDD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders • Seizures • Immune Support • Acute Infections • (Cold and Flu, Ear Infection) • Yeast • Healthy Respiratory System • Safety Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  4. Traditional Medicine • No traditional diagnosis called “autism” • Often called vague term (“insanity”) • Traditional terms hard to interpret • Ex.: Chinese “Phlegm in the heart orifice” Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  5. Traditional Medicine • When we understand the indications, • traditional natural medicine quite effective • Better used in holistic, therapeutic context • not isolated remedies Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  6. Very beginning of understanding Mechanisms often not known Safety profile- children often not well established Natural Autism Treatments Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  7. Preliminary results are very promising Consult expert practitioner Natural Autism Treatments Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  8. Areas of Improvement • Brain circulation • Neuron health • Protecting nervous system from damage • Detoxification • Enhancing digestion • Allergy • Sensory regulation Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  9. Ginkgo Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  10. Ginkgo • Ginkgo biloba • Circulation • Nerve repair • Cognition • Circulation

  11. Ginkgo • Main treatment for cognitive disorders • Depression • Mood improvement • Protects cell membranes and neurons • Increases circulation to brain and other tissues Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  12. Ginkgo • Dose • standardized extract (24% flavone glycosides) 120-240 mg per day • whole powdered leaf in capsules- up to 6,000 mg per day Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  13. Gotu Kola Superior for nervous tissue, function Intellect, cognition Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  14. Gotu Kola • Main nerve and brain herb in world • Major herb in Ayurveda • Used and studied in Europe since 1880’s Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  15. Gotu Kola • Ayurveda claims: • Strengthens memory, concentration intelligence • Promotes longevity • Used to treat epilepsy, senility Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  16. Circulation • blood vessels of skin • mucous membranes • Major skin healer

  17. Gotu Kola • Dose • Mild, food-like herb • Tea- Up to 1-2 ounces per day • Recipe: Cooked into food, like spinach, broth, soup base, pesto Gotu kola pesto Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  18. Gotu Kola • Study (1992) in rats • Impressive improvement in memory • Treated rats able to retain learned behavior • 3 to 60 times better than the control rats Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  19. Brahmi (Bacopa) Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  20. Brahmi (Bacopa) • (Bacopa monnieri) • Colder, stronger analog to gotu kola • memory, cognition, epilepsy Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  21. Brahmi (Bacopa) • Improved word memory recall, distraction, attention, depression, anxiety scores, cognitive performance • (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2008, prepublication) Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  22. Bacopa • Over 61 studies in scientific literature • Built up a solid base of scientific support • Many functions • Nerve tissue builder • Sedative • Heart tonic • Anti-stress benefits • Diuretic Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  23. Bacopa • Australian research • Seventy-six adults, aged 40 to 65 years • Double-blind randomized, placebo control • Various memory functions and anxiety levels tested • Numerous memory tests before and after • Bacopa significantly improved retention of new information • Follow-up tests- reduces the rate of forgetting of newly acquired information Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  24. Bacopa • Indian research (1980) • Open trial with Bacopa • 35 adult anxiety neurosis patients • 12 g per day, syrup form, for four weeks. Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  25. Bacopa • Improved significantly • Concentration • Immediate memory span • On-the-job mental fatigue • Nervousness, insomnia, irritability • Some disabled by their anxiety overcame their disability • Mean total anxiety level significantly decreased Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  26. Bacopa • Safe and effective for children • Indian schoolchildren take it at home • Single-blind trial (1987) • 40 schoolchildren aged 6-8 • Improved in maze learning, immediate memory and perception, reaction/performance times • 1 gram per day, syrup form • No side-effects were recorded Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  27. Bacopa • Dose- 4 g per day, capsules or tea Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  28. Relaxants • Treat • Insomnia • Anxiety • Muscle spasm • Stress • Mood Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  29. Rauwolfia root Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  30. Sarpaganda • Rauwolfia serpentina • Bitter, sedative, hypotensive • Blood pressure • Insomnia, Anxiety • Seizures

  31. Rauwolfia • Source of valued hypertension drug, reserpine • Main Ayurvedic medicine for epilepsy • Very effective in autism • Anxiety • Insomnia Source valued hypertension drug, reserpine Main Ayurvedic medicine for epilepsy Very effective in autism Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  32. Rauwolfia • Dose • 50 to 300 mg daily • Increase incrementally • Throughout day for anxiety • Bedtime for sleep • More, if supervised • Monitor blood pressure Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  33. Shankapushpi herb • Evolvulus alsinoides • Characteristics- warming, nervine, sedative, brain tonic • Uses- anxiety, insomnia, improving mental clarity, nervous debility, mental or emotional exhaustion, epilepsy Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  34. Shankapushpi herb Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One Photo credit Prashanti deJager

  35. Evolvulus alsinoides • Characteristics- warming, nervine, sedative, brain tonic • Uses- anxiety, insomnia, improving mental clarity, nervous debility, mental or emotional exhaustion, epilepsy Evolvulus alsinoides Warming, nervine, sedative, brain tonic Anxiety, insomnia, cognition, epilepsy Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One Photo credit Prashanti deJager

  36. Shankapushpi • Mild relaxant • Throughout day- anxiety, or • Bedtime for sleep • Major herb in Ayurveda for epilepsy Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  37. 250 mg to 1 g per day, • As decoction (tea), or capsules Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One Photo credit Prashanti deJager

  38. Tricky area Much overlap with medical practice Requires medical overview Epilepsy is a clinical diagnosis, not EEG Great potential for drugs, natural medicine combination Seizures Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  39. Gastrodia Tuber Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  40. Gastrodia • Gastrodia elata (Tian Ma) • Sweet, warm • Pacifies liver, stops wind • Headache, migraine, dizziness, convulsions, seizures, epilepsy • 3-9 grams Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  41. Gastrodia • 3-9 grams Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  42. Chinese Peony root • Bai Shao • Paeonia lactiflora • Very sour, bitter, cool Yin and blood tonic • Epilepsy, increases circulation Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  43. “Soften and comfort the liver” Great anti-epileptic remedy in Greek medicine Sedative and anti-spasmodic Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  44. Peony • Chinese herbalism • Insomnia, mood swings • Lowers blood pressure, relieves hypertensive headaches, reduce muscle pain, allows comfortable night’s sleep Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  45. Peony • Japanese research shows neuron protective and anticonvulsant Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  46. Peony • Dose- 6-15 g per day, tea or capsules Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  47. Calamus (Acorus)

  48. Calamus Fresh Roots Major herb for mind and brain- Ayurveda Promotes awareness and increases communication and self-expression Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  49. Calamus Fresh Roots Combined with gotu kola, which is cooling and mild- complementary benefits Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One

  50. Powder 1-4 grams Nauseating Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa Autism One