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AUTISM & HOMEOPATHY

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on February 25, 2010


AUTISM & HOMOEOPATHY

(By Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad,BHMS)

*Director, LIFECARE Advanced Homoeopathy,Aligarh,INDIA

autism child

AUTISM:-

Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors which are markedly different from those of typical children. Less severe cases may be diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or with Asperger’s Syndrome (these children typically have normal speech, but they have many "autistic" social and behavioral problems.

Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.

Autism has a strong genetic basis, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is unclear whether Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) is explained more by rare mutations, or by rare combinations of common genetic variants.In rare cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects.

The prevalence of autism is about 1–2 per 1,000 people; the prevalence of ASD is about 6 per 1,000, with about four times as many males as females.The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress. Although early behavioral or cognitive intervention can help autistic children gain self-care, social, and communication skills, there is no known cure.Not many children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, though some become successful.

It is distinguished not by a single symptom, but by a characteristic triad of symptoms: impairments in social interaction; impairments in communication; and restricted interests and repetitive behavior. Other aspects, such as atypical eating, are also common.

Contrary to common beliefs, autistic children do not prefer being alone. Making and maintaining friendships often proves to be difficult for those with autism. For them, the quality of friendships, not the number of friends, predicts how lonely they feel. Functional friendships, such as those resulting in invitations to parties, may affect the quality of life more deeply.The limited data suggest that, in children with mental retardation, autism is associated with aggression, destruction of property, and tantrums.

Autistic individuals may have symptoms that are independent of the diagnosis, but that can affect the individual or the family.An estimated 0.5% to 10% of individuals with ASD show unusual abilities, ranging from splinter skills such as the memorization of trivia to the extraordinarily rare talents of prodigious autistic savants.Many individuals with ASD show superior skills in perception and attention, relative to the general population.Sensory abnormalities are found in over 90% of those with autism, and are considered core features by some,although there is no good evidence that sensory symptoms differentiate autism from other developmental disorders.

Autism is one of the five pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), which are characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, and severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behavior.These symptoms do not imply sickness, fragility, or emotional disturbance.

Related Disorders

  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Landau-Kleffner Syndrome
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Tardive Dyskinesia
  • Williams Syndrome

DIAGNOSIS:-

Diagnosis is based on behavior, not cause or mechanism.Autism is defined in the DSM-IV-TR as exhibiting at least six symptoms total, including at least two symptoms of qualitative impairment in social interaction, at least one symptom of qualitative impairment in communication, and at least one symptom of restricted and repetitive behavior. Sample symptoms include lack of social or emotional reciprocity, stereotyped and repetitive use of language or idiosyncratic language, and persistent preoccupation with parts of objects. Onset must be prior to age three years, with delays or abnormal functioning in either social interaction, language as used in social communication, or symbolic or imaginative play. The disturbance must not be better accounted for by Rett syndrome or childhood disintegrative disorder.

PROGNOSIS:-

No cure is known.Children recover occasionally, so that they lose their diagnosis of ASD; this occurs sometimes after intensive treatment and sometimes not. It is not known how often recovery happens; reported rates in unselected samples of children with ASD have ranged from 3% to 25%.A few autistic children have acquired speech at age 5 or older. Most children with autism lack social support, meaningful relationships, future employment opportunities or self-determination.

HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT:-

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed by symptoms rather than conditions, as each case of a particular illness can manifest differently in different people.

As per Murphy Repertory

Autistic, Children :Cannabis Indica, Carcinosin, Natrum Mur, Opium, Thuja

Except these there are a lot of drugs which can be chosen if selected as per the Similimum of the particular case.

KEY POINTS:-

  • We can definitely help & assist such autistic children.
  • Detailed history from Birth is required.
  • Differentiate closely related medicines & a thorough observation is needed to reach upto any medicine.
  • Medicine should not be changed too frequently.
  • Use Miasmatic drugs to break the hindrance if favorable response is not there.
  • Give the medicines till the patient is better.
  • Get the patient evaluated by a Psychiatrist and Psychologists.

THE END

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HOMOEOPATHIC SOFTWARES

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on January 5, 2010


1. RADAR –

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For more than 20 years RADAR helps homeopaths all over the world with their daily practice. RADAR is an easy to use and powerful tool at the same time – special modules add functionality for a variety of homeopathic techniques.

Radar 10 offers a great leap forward by giving easier access to more information than ever. It comes with the “Synthesis Treasure Edition“. Here are the features of this new Radar version:

  • The Concepts Finder
    Translate the language of your patient into the language of the Repertory. Use the Concepts Finder to add symptoms to your repertorization.
  • Radar Free Notes
    Download the latest seminar notes, videos, … Upload your personal notes to exchange with other homeopaths.
  • Live Update
    Automaticaclly upgrades you, free of chanrge, to Radar program updates, Synthesis Update Logfiles, Free Notes, etc.
  • Improved Multimedia
    200 new remedy pictures and 205 new sound clips. Visualize more remedies than ever before, listen to masters in homeopathy.
  • Improved families functions
    Limit your analysis by selecting from different family groups or create your own groups.
  • Luc De Schepper module

    Select the most important symptoms of your patient into the pyramid of Dr. Luc and differentiate remedies on the basis of the core delusion.

  • Ewald Stöteler module
    Offers a new method for homoeopathic analysis and practice, using Hahnemann’s classification of diseases.
  • Two miasmatic approaches
    The miasmatic analysis following Dr. Giampietro (Argentina) can be used with Radar 10 and Synthesis 9.2. Also, Sankaran’s miasmatic database has been updated for optimal use within Radar 10.
  • Two new clinical files
    Radar 10 links to KENBO and to HomeoPlus, 2 clinical practice management files.
  • Other miscellaneous improvements
    Right mouse click on any remedy abbreviation in the repertory screen, now offers a choice of shortcuts, etc.

Click HERE to download the DEMO Version of RADAR.

2- MAC REPERTORY SOFTWARE:

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Since 1986, Kent Homeopathic Associates has been at the leading edge of homeopathic theory and technology.  MacRepertory and ReferenceWorks, have transformed the way homeopathy is practiced around the world. Nearly all of the world’s great teachers prefer our software, and many of them serve on our design team.

MacRepertory is one of  the most important repertorization tool. It makes it easy to quickly select rubrics and analyze a case, check the materia medica and to feel confident about your prescription.

ReferenceWorks is a rich analysis system based on a huge library of more than 800 volumes of materia medica, provings, journals and more.

To the free demo DVD , send a request to http://www.kenthomeopathic.com/trial-dvd.html

 

3. MERCURIUS:

Mercurius

Mercurius is a modern repertorization and materia medica software for homeopathic practitioners, providing you the highest quality information on which you can base your prescriptions.
To date, Mercurius has users in 70 countries.
Download a FREE demo version of Mercurius homeopathic software and give it a try.


Mercurius demo (US server)

Mercurius demo (European server)

Why exactly Mercurius stands out of the crowd:

3. HOMPATH :

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The Classic version 8.0 is chiefly a product for the practicing classical Homoeopath. It contains more than 300 books covering a wide range of Homoeopathic subjects spread across 1  lakh pages ( 100000 pages ) . It has an easy and user-friendly interface.  Key features of Classic 8.0 include ‘Quik Repertorisation’,  ‘Intelligent Search’,’Advanced search options’,  ‘Confirmation of symptom’ ,’Quick Search’, ‘Creation of Custom repertories’ ,‘Group symptoms’ and many more.

DOWNLOAD FREE DEMO OF CLASSIC 8

Features :

  • Quik Rep
    A speedy Repertorisation  module. View simultaneous Repertorisation table,  apply Symptom  options , Remedy options and Repertorisation strategies from the same screen.
  • Intelligent Search
    Rubric hunting and Recording made simple and easy. Simplified meanings of complex words provided through ‘Word Meanings’. Improves your knowledge of rubrics, helps you to consider symptoms which you would have otherwise missed through:
    – Cross references
    – Themes
    – Similar words
    – Synonyms
  • Advanced search options
    Normal, Essential and Vital words to improve your search criteria, ensuring accurate and complete results .
    Inclusion of – American / British English, Singular / Plural words  in search results thereby not missing out on any results.
  • Confirmation of symptom
    Confirm the authenticity of symptom and its remedy (ies) of a repertory from the basic materia medica source books. Understand the context of the symptom and how exactly it has been manifested in the source books.
  • Quick Search
    This feature enables the user for a Quick View / Search / and Record of a rubric by accessing specific chapters and rubrics directly .
  • Create Customised Repertory like  ‘User repertory’ which provides a faster and easier access to all the symptoms commonly observed by the user in his practice, ‘Combined symptom Repertory’ where you can combine two or more symptoms to save it as a combined symptom repertory, and ‘Materia Medica Repertory’ which allows you to create a repertory from the materia  medica symptoms. 
  • Group symptoms
    Analyse symptoms based on Groups.Learn more about remedies by creating ‘group symptoms’ of specific groups Make statistical remedy and symptom analysis a feature significant to researchers.
  • Symptom(s) forwarding
    Forward symptoms from previous cases to new or current cases, thereby saving time on re-repertorisation.
  • Rubrics Related
    Thousands of Cross-references, Themes, Synonyms, Similar words, and Word meaning  for rubrics. Accessible from all the modules wherever the rubrics are present .
  • Remedy Related
    Keynotes, Basic Materia Medicae, Drug property and  Drug relations accessible from all the modules wherever the remedies are available.
  • Interlinked feature
    All modules are interlinked intelligently making it possible to jump from one module to
    another without having to close any module.
  • New Modules
    ‘Links Tresorie’ and  ‘Hompath Assist’ available with Classic 8.

Classic has a comprehensive Repertory and Materia Medica search which is intelligent, fast and provides in-depth insight and knowledge of rubric occurrences and  remedy portraits.  Repertories include basic repertories like ‘Kent’, ‘Boericke’ etc. , also  ‘5000′ pages of ‘Gentry’s Concordances’ and ‘Phatak’s’ repertory all of which  helps finding the true similium very easy. There are intelligent and practical repertorisation strategies some of which include Expert analysis based on rules laid down by Masters of Homoeopathy – Kent, Boenninghausen and Boger, Kingdom analysis by Animal, Mineral and Plant kingdoms, etc.

4. HOMOEOPATHY PRO :

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Homeopathy Pro is a professional computer program for those who practice classical homeopathy. It combines the advantages of time-proved case taking methods with advanced features of up-to-the-minute software. Take case notes in a friendly, convenient environment
enjoy most natural repertory search
get correct results from Repertories by recognized authors
read Мateria Medica to feel confident about your prescription. All this will help save your time and preserve quality of your work.

However I feel the limitations of this software as it’s limited to kent & Bonneinghausen’s repertory only. But for the newcomers in homeopathy it may be helpful.

To download the free trial version , click HERE .

5. ATMA HOMOEOPATHY SOFTWARE :

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AtamA is an entry level homeopathy software from ‘Anahata Software’. It is a standard repertorisation software with limited features. Some of these features are:

  • Basic repertorisation using Kent’s abridged repertory with about 10,000 symptoms.

  • The numerical and totality based results are given with the facility to weigh the symptoms.

  • The materia medica given for reference is Boericke’s abridged materia medica with 100 medicines.

  • Hahnemann’s Organon of Medicine is provided as a reference book for philosophy.

AtamA leaves a lots to be desired even as an entry level software. With so many cheap entry level softwares available with lot’s of features, using abridged versions of books is not a good idea. Even Kent’s repertorie’s 6th edition had more than 60,000 rubrics. And now a days when people are going in for new repertories like Synthesis, Combined, Complete, and Murphy’s Repertory with many more rubrics, the abridged version of Kent becomes a limitation.

The same goes for Boericke’s materia medica. The full version has more than 700 medicines and even these do not cover all the new remedies in vogue. So a software with 100 medicines to refer may be useful for students but not for a practicing homeopath.

To download the demo & for more details and recent changes visit the Anahata website.

Courtesy:- www.drprabhattandon.wordpress.com

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Mind Map Software

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on September 17, 2009


Mind map software is an important tool in studying Homeopathic Materia medica .

What is Mind Map ?

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.

It is an image-centered diagram that represents semantic or other connections between portions of information. By presenting these connections in a radial, non-linear graphical manner, it encourages a brainstorming approach to any given organizational task, eliminating the hurdle of initially establishing an intrinsically appropriate or relevant conceptual framework to work within.

A mind map is similar to a semantic network or cognitive map but there are no formal restrictions on the kinds of links used.

The elements are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts and they are organized into groupings, branches, or areas. The uniform graphic formulation of the semantic structure of information on the method of gathering knowledge, may aid recall of existing memories.

Some Examples of Mind Maps created by Irish School Of Homeopaths:

click http://homeopathytorrents.blogspot.com/search/label/Mind%20Map%20of%20Homeopathic%20Medicines to see  more examples of Mind Maps of homeopathic Medicines

Screenshot of Aconite ( Thanks : Roger Knight )

Screenshot Of Anacardium ( Thanks : Roger Knight )

Screenshot of Lycopodium ( Thanks : Roger Knight )

Source : http://drprabhattandon.wordpress.com/2008/06/03/mind-mapping-software-a-better-way-for-expression/

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Bach Flower Remedies

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on August 20, 2009


1. AGRIMONY: Humorous hides mental torture from others.
2. ASPEN: Fears of unknown things [feelings, vague].
3. BEECH: Order and discipline everywhere [intolerance].
4. CENTANRY: No individuality submits to [weakness of will power].
5. CERATO: Asking for advice doing their own talkative [doubt their own judgement, seeks confirmation of others]
6. CHERRY PLUM: Unable to resist impulse [temptation, emotion, desperation], [uncontrolled, irrational thoughts]
7. CHESTNUT BUD: Lack of observation repeated mistakes. Forgets the past easily.
8. CHICORY: Self love self pity- possessiveness. Cross when no attended.
9. CLEMATIS: Day dreamers, absent-minded-lack of concentration. Polite form of suicide. Prefers to be alone with his thoughts. Poor memory [brings down to earth] needs much sleep. Faintly Greediness Lake of interest.
10. CRAB-APPLE: Self dislike, concern of dirt.
11. ELM: Temporary lack of confidence in discharge of duties- trustee, doctor, family head.[overwhelmed by inadequency & responsibility.
12. GENTIAN: Depression for known cause discourage due to failure at school. Doubt discouragement.
13. GORSE: hopelessness pessimistic. ‘oh, what’s the use’
14. HEATHER: Self centred ness, making mountain of moles. Every talk about his owns ‘I’. egoistic
15. HOLY: Jealousy, hatred, suspicious, anger, worried, afraid, sex indulgence, sex mania.
16. HONEYS SUCKLE: Dwells in the memories of the past. Home sickness not living in present.
17. HORN BEAM: Monday morning feeling tiresomeness in thought & not due to physical exhaustion.
18. IMPATIENS: Quick & impatient extreme mental tension, irritability, excessive reaction.
19. LARCH: Lack of confidence a convinced after failure & no attempts though capable full of interest & ambitions.
20. MIMULUS: Fears of known things heard or seen. Nervousness, shyness.
21. MUSTARD: Depression & fear for unknown cause.
22. OAK: Optimistic, ease less efforts even in despair, fighting without loss of hope.
23. OLIVE: Exhaustion after exertion completes mentally & physically lack of interest- depression.[fatigued-drained of energy]
24. PINE: Putting blame on them feeling of guilt self blame.
25. RED CHEST NUT: Fear and anxiety for family & others.
26. ROCK ROSE: Extreme fear panic emergency.
27. ROCK WATER: Rigid minded, inflexible.
28. SCLERANTHUS: Lazy persons postpone doing now or afterwards. Uncertainity/ indecision/ fluctuating mood.
29. STAR OF BETHLEHEM: Many shocks in life. Mental or physical.
39. WHITE CHEST NUT: Persistent unwanted thoughts, preoccupation with some worry or episode. Mental arguments.
30. VERVEIN: Strain & tension.
31. VINE: Dominator or tyrant – Hitler type
32. WILLOW: For resentment put blame on others.
33. WILD OAT: Weak anaemic despondent.
34. WILD ROSE: Resigned- loss of interest- no efforts to improve.
35. WATER VIOLET: Proud / reserved / enjoy to be alone / aloof
36. WALNUT: To adjust [puberty, menopause, divorce, new surroundings]
37. SWEET CHEST NUT: Link breaker.[they feel that they have reached the limits of endurance]
38. RESCUE: cherry plum + clematis + impatiens + rock rose + star of bethlehem [shock, terror, emotional upset, stage fright]

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Homoeopathy Medicines

Posted by Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad on April 27, 2009


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