Complementary and alternative therapies for childhood developmental disorders – especially autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – are of particular interest to parents of children with these conditions. The etiology and symptoms of ASDs and ADHD can vary greatly on a case-by-case basis.
In many instances, there is a deficiency of certain neurotransmitters or excess of heavy metals , both of which can be discovered through simple blood or urine testing. After correcting these and any other physiological abnormalities (nutrient deficiencies, pathogenic organism infections, etc.), the child’s condition can be reassessed and further treatment efforts undertaken.
For autism, vitamin C, trimethylglycine, folinic acid, and vitamin B12 supplementation may help improve symptoms, and various types of music therapy have shown a benefit. Potential adjunctive therapies for ADHD include zinc and omega-3 fatty acids (particularly EPA), although more research is needed with both nutrients.
Other conditions commonly affecting adolescents include obesity and depression, and both allopathic and alternative medicine practitioners are examining various natural interventions for these health concerns.