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DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1768045
Case Report

A Case of Autism Spectrum Disorder Treated with Theridion currasavicum Prescribed on the Basis of Group Approach

1   Psychiatry National Homoeopathy Research Institute in Mental Health, Kottayam, Kerala, India
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2   Centre for Disability Management Studies, Kerala University of Health Sciences, Kerala, India
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Preema Edavilayil Pareed Pillai
3   Department of Organon and Philosophy, Government Homoeopathic Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
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Funding None.

Abstract

Background Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder of unknown aetiology. There is a growing prevalence of ASD globally. Currently, there are no specific treatments that can address the core impairments of ASD.

Case Summary A 5-year male child was brought to outpatient department with complaints of irritability, restlessness, howling, repeating words spoken to him, repeating phrases, hand flapping, self-hurting and hurting others, climbing stairs repeatedly, repeated drawing of squares everywhere, poor social interaction, poor peer-play and inappropriate playing with toys. The case was diagnosed as ASD and was assessed with the autism treatment evaluation checklist (ATEC) at baseline and follow-up visits. The case was treated with Theridion currasavicum in centesimal scale. ATEC score at baseline of 118 turned to 69 at the 12th month and 42 after 24 months of treatment. The remedy was repeated during monthly visits in ascending potencies. The child improved in the domains of social interaction, communication, repetitive stereotype movements, restricted interests and general health. The likelihood of causal relationship between intervention and outcome has been discussed as per modified Naranjo criteria for homoeopathy. This case report highlights the usefulness of the group approach and aetiological prescription as one way of arriving at the similimum in children with autism.

Ethical Approval

The child's parents gave consent for the publication of the case report. They have been explained that the identifying details of the patient shall be kept confidential, yet anonymity may not be maintained.


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Publication History

Article published online:
24 June 2024

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