(NaturalHealth365) Gastrointestinal symptoms are common medical problems among children with autism. Leaky gut and viruses have been suggested as potential culprits but more recent data is leading researchers to consider the prospect of abdominal migraines as the real issue.
What is an abdominal migraine?
Abdominal migraines are in the migraine family, but the pain occurs near the navel or midline of the belly. Abdominal migraines can cause severe stomach pain, nausea, abdominal cramping, and often vomiting. According to WebMD, children that experience abdominal migraines typically develop migraine headaches when they get older.
How are abdominal migraines related to autism?
A paper published in Medical Hypothesis reviewed recent postmortem studies of children with autism. This review indicated that decreased neuopil space is the major contributor to decreased width of minicolumns in the cortex of the brain in children with autism. The studies suggest that these issues occur in the womb and that migraines of the gut could be a contributor to autism.
The author of the paper believes this is why people with autism have so many GI complaints.
Another commonality identified between children with autism and migraine sufferers is the presence of neuroinflammation, sensory overstimulation (flickering of fluorescent lights), food allergies and both benefit from similar diets. As far back as 1975, The Journal of Autism and Childhood Schizophrenia stated that people with autism have an increased prevalence of migraines.
The most striking commonality is that a significant percentage (roughly 30%) of both migraine sufferers and children with autism is that they have elevated levels serum serotonin. The vast majority of serotonin is found in the cells lining the gut.
The journal Headache states that up to 15% of children who experience recurrent abdominal pain may actually have “abdominal migraine” and that for those children in this group, migraine treatment may help reduce or resolve the recurrent pain.
A natural way to help those suffering with abdominal migraines
Let’s take a closer look at homeopathy. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported a significant decrease in the frequency, severity, and duration of migraine attacks was observed and, consequently, reduced absenteeism from school when homeopathic remedies were used.
Colocynth is helpful if the child has sharp cutting pains relieved by bending over, especially if an event that angered the child preceded abdominal migraine.
Pulsatilla can help if the abdominal migraine are caused by eating rich, fatty foods. The child is clingy to caretaker and emotional.
Magnesia Phosphorus is great for cramps and diarrhea that are alleviated by heat and pressure.
Bryonia can be used if pain is worse from heat or the slightest movement.
Other homeopathics, I have used in my practice, to help with migraines in children are Belladonna, Ignatia amara, Iris versicolor, Kalium phosphoricum and Gelsenium. It is always best to consult a qualified homeopath to assure your child is getting the most relief.
Can supplements help?
A study published in Neurological Sciences demonstrated that riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 significantly decreased the frequency of migraine attacks. And they discovered that using magnesium regularly, particularly for children to be significant in reducing the severity and occurrence.
CEASE Therapy is a powerful method of detoxification utilizes homeopathic remedies and supplements along with nutrition. This method was specifically developed for children with autism and has since helped children and adults worldwide with a variety of chronic conditions including migraines.
About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com
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