Integrative medicine uses a holistic approach that combines conventional medicine with complementary and alternative therapies to address a person's health's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects. In the case of children with autism, integrative medicine can help in several ways, including:
- Improving gut health: Many children with autism experience digestive issues, and treating these issues can lead to improved behavior and communication.
- Reducing anxiety and stress: Integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, and mindfulness can help children with autism manage stress and anxiety.
- Dietary interventions: A specialized diet, such as a gluten-free or casein-free diet, may be recommended to address food sensitivities or gut issues and help some children with autism.
- Supplements: Some children with autism may benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics, to address their nutritional deficiencies.
- Biomedical treatments: Treatments such as chelation, detoxification, and antioxidant therapy may be recommended to address underlying medical issues.
Integrative medicine may include behavioral therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), to help improve social, communication, and adaptive skills.
To ensure the treatments are safe and effective for each child, working with a healthcare provider trained in integrative medicine and experienced child psychiatrists is critical.
Yang Institute's Holistic Approach
Yang Institute's holistic approach aims to treat the whole person, not just their symptoms. Yang Institute's multi-disciplined specialists apply Advanced Nutrient Therapy, neurofeedback, psychotherapy, and acupuncture in helping children with autism.