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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 Presenter. Natural healing field- 37 years Herbalist, Nutritionist

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herbal remedies for autism
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

karta purkh singh khalsa presenter
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

conditions and concerns
Conditions and Concerns
  • PDD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Seizures
  • Immune Support
  • Acute Infections
  • (Cold and Flu, Ear Infection)
  • Yeast
  • Healthy Respiratory System
  • Safety

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traditional medicine
Traditional Medicine
  • No traditional diagnosis called “autism”
  • Often called vague term (“insanity”)
  • Traditional terms hard to interpret
  • Ex.: Chinese “Phlegm in the heart orifice”

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traditional medicine1
Traditional Medicine
  • When we understand the indications,
  • traditional natural medicine quite effective
  • Better used in holistic, therapeutic context
  • not isolated remedies

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natural autism treatments
Very beginning of understanding

Mechanisms often not known

Safety profile- children

often not well established

Natural Autism Treatments

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natural autism treatments1
Preliminary results are very promising

Consult expert practitioner

Natural Autism Treatments

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areas of improvement
Areas of Improvement
  • Brain circulation
  • Neuron health
  • Protecting nervous system from damage
  • Detoxification
  • Enhancing digestion
  • Allergy
  • Sensory regulation

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Ginkgo

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ginkgo
Ginkgo
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Circulation
  • Nerve repair
  • Cognition
  • Circulation
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Ginkgo
  • Main treatment for cognitive disorders
  • Depression
  • Mood improvement
  • Protects cell membranes and neurons
  • Increases circulation to brain and other tissues

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ginkgo2
Ginkgo
  • Dose
    • standardized extract (24% flavone glycosides) 120-240 mg per day
    • whole powdered leaf in capsules- up to 6,000 mg per day

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Gotu Kola

Superior for nervous tissue, function

Intellect, cognition

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gotu kola
Gotu Kola
  • Main nerve and brain herb in world
  • Major herb in Ayurveda
  • Used and studied in Europe since 1880’s

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Gotu Kola
  • Ayurveda claims:
    • Strengthens memory, concentration intelligence
    • Promotes longevity
    • Used to treat epilepsy, senility

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Circulation
  • blood vessels of skin
  • mucous membranes
  • Major skin healer
gotu kola2
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

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gotu kola3
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

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brahmi bacopa
Brahmi (Bacopa)

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brahmi bacopa1
Brahmi (Bacopa)
  • (Bacopa monnieri)
  • Colder, stronger analog to gotu kola
  • memory, cognition, epilepsy

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Brahmi (Bacopa)
  • Improved word memory recall, distraction, attention, depression, anxiety scores, cognitive performance
  • (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2008, prepublication)

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bacopa
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

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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

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bacopa2
Bacopa
  • Indian research (1980)
  • Open trial with Bacopa
  • 35 adult anxiety neurosis patients
  • 12 g per day, syrup form, for four weeks.

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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

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bacopa4
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

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bacopa5
Bacopa
  • Dose- 4 g per day, capsules or tea

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relaxants
Relaxants
  • Treat
    • Insomnia
    • Anxiety
    • Muscle spasm
    • Stress
    • Mood

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rauwolfia root
Rauwolfia root

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

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Rauwolfia
  • Dose
    • 50 to 300 mg daily
    • Increase incrementally
    • Throughout day for anxiety
    • Bedtime for sleep
    • More, if supervised
    • Monitor blood pressure

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shankapushpi herb
Shankapushpi herb
  • Evolvulus alsinoides
  • Characteristics- warming, nervine, sedative, brain tonic
  • Uses- anxiety, insomnia, improving mental clarity, nervous debility, mental or emotional exhaustion, epilepsy

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Shankapushpi herb

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Photo credit Prashanti deJager

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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

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Photo credit Prashanti deJager

shankapushpi
Shankapushpi
  • Mild relaxant
  • Throughout day- anxiety, or
  • Bedtime for sleep
  • Major herb in Ayurveda for epilepsy

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250 mg to 1 g per day,

  • As decoction (tea), or capsules

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Photo credit Prashanti deJager

seizures
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

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Gastrodia Tuber

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gastrodia
Gastrodia
  • Gastrodia elata (Tian Ma)
  • Sweet, warm
  • Pacifies liver, stops wind
  • Headache, migraine, dizziness, convulsions, seizures, epilepsy
  • 3-9 grams

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Gastrodia
  • 3-9 grams

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chinese peony root
Chinese Peony root
  • Bai Shao
  • Paeonia lactiflora
  • Very sour, bitter, cool Yin and blood tonic
  • Epilepsy, increases circulation

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“Soften and comfort the liver”

Great anti-epileptic remedy in Greek medicine

Sedative and anti-spasmodic

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peony
Peony
  • Chinese herbalism
    • Insomnia, mood swings
    • Lowers blood pressure, relieves hypertensive headaches, reduce muscle pain, allows comfortable night’s sleep

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Peony
  • Japanese research shows neuron protective and anticonvulsant

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Peony
  • Dose- 6-15 g per day, tea or capsules

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Calamus Fresh Roots

Major herb for mind and brain- Ayurveda

Promotes awareness and increases communication and self-expression

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Calamus Fresh Roots

Combined with gotu kola, which is cooling and mild- complementary benefits

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Powder 1-4 grams

Nauseating

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Calamus (Acorus)
  • Saraswat Churna- Ayurvedic brain combination (ashwaganda, vacha, shankpushpi, ajwain, cumin, trikatu and rock salt)- 1- 3 g bid with honey and ghee- epilepsy

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lobelia herb
Lobelia herb
  • Lobelia herb (Lobelia inflata)
  • Classic for preventing and treating seizures
  • Exceptional success
  • Often, this herb alone, with daily preventive doses, will be curative over a few months

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Seizure
  • Tincture sublingually
  • and massage into base of skull
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Lobelia herb
  • Therapeutic dose in tea, tincture or capsules for prevention (be aware of the nausea)

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lobelia herb2
Lobelia herb
  • Acidified seed tincture stronger than
  • acidified fresh herb tincture, which, in turn, stronger than dry herb

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triphala
Triphala

“Three fruits”

Amla, bibitaki, haritaki

Every tissue

Liver, skin, eyes

Glandular balance

Building and detoxifying

Mild pediatric laxative

2 capsules per day for life

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fresh triphala fruits
Fresh Triphala Fruits

Photo credit Prashanti deJager

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Golden Temple

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Triphala

Haritaki

Amla

Bibitaki

Photo credit Prashanti deJager

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Triphala

Photo credit Prashanti deJager

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allergy
Allergy
  • Treatments
    • Long-term is possible
    • Short-term often effective
    • Requires diligence and consistency

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nettle leaf
Nettle leaf
  • Anti-histamine effect- acute reaction only
  • No side effects
  • Must use specially processed
nettle
Nettle
  • Procedure
    • Take at first sign of histaminic allergy symptoms
    • Take 1 capsule
    • Wait 5 minutes
    • Take 1 capsule every 5 minutes until relief
    • Total capsule count is regular dose

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immune support
Immune Support
  • General Immune “Tonics”
  • Slow acting
  • Mild
  • Usually easy to take
  • Few side effects

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Huang Qi

Astragalus membranaceus

Root

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astragalus root
Astragalus root
  • Mildly warming, stamina enhancing
  • Long-term immune support

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astragalus
Astragalus

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Astragalus

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Astragalus
  • Minor adaptogen (slow acting tonic)
  • Immune support (new Western concept)
  • 1 ounce- chronic, 3 ounces acute

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astragalus root1
Astragalus root
  • Daily dose for immune building
  • High dose for acute flu
  • Tea tastes good
  • Dose- 1 ounce, dry herb weight, brewed, per day, tea

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acute infection
Acute Infection
  • Herbs very effective
  • Few side effects
  • Well tolerated
  • Virus and Bacteria

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Chinese Isatidis root

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chinese isatidis root
Chinese Isatidis root
  • Ban Lan Gen
  • Isatis tinctora
  • Cooling
  • Acute infection (cold, flu)

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isatidis root
Isatidis root
  • Broad spectrum antimicrobial
  • Activity against many types of virus and bacteria
  • Used to reduce fever
  • Synergistic with Astragalus
  • Fortifies the lungs

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Isatidis root
  • Tastes bitter as tea
  • Dose
    • 5-15 g per day, capsules

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yeast
Yeast
  • Chronic yeast infection common in autism
  • Use berberine containing herbs
  • Goldenseal- expensive, very effective
  • Oregon grape root- substitute
  • Amur cork tree bark- Chinese
  • economical, effective

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Goldenseal

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Oregon Grape Root

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Amur Cork Tree Bark

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respiratory support
Respiratory Support
  • Elecampane root
    • Main European lung herb
    • Warming
    • Increases expectoration
    • Acute- all lung diseases- 1-2 ounces per day as tea
    • Chronic- lung builder- half to one ounce per day as tea

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Elecampane

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ear infection
Ear Infection
  • Acute bacterial infection
  • Internal
  • Goldenseal root
    • High dose
    • Tincture or capsules

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goldenseal
Goldenseal

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Ear Infection
  • Ear Oils- Insert in ear
    • Bacteria
      • Goldenseal
    • Pain
      • Willow bark
    • Soothe membranes
      • Mullein leaf
      • St. Johnswort leaf
      • Calendula flower
      • Vitamin E

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safety
Safety
  • Interactions
  • Truthfully, we don’t know
  • Interactions is statistically a non-issue
  • Herb and drug mixes common in Europe
  • Physicians don’t know
  • Cautious confidence- use common sense
  • Compare to results if doing nothing

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safety1
Safety
  • Most potential interactions between drugs and dietary supplements are not serious
  • University of Pittsburgh study (2004) Researchers cross-referenced supplement consumption with information about patient prescription drug use
  • Potential interactions identified
  • 458 outpatients, researchers found interactions were not serious in 94 percent

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Safety
  • On the whole, excellent record of safety
  • Safety regulations in place
  • Not “unregulated”
  • Favorable benefit-risk ratio

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sources
Sources
  • International Integrative Educational Institute
  • (541) 242-3314
  • Integrative_education@msn.com
  • Herb Pharm
  • In retail stores

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international integrative educational institute
International Integrative Educational Institute
  • K.P. Khalsa, Director
  • 4627 Fox Hollow Road
  • Eugene, Oregon 97405
  • (541) 242-3314
  • Integrative_education@msn.com

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