Dr.Partheeban Kanagasabai, B.S.M.S (Bachelor of siddha medicine and surgery), graduated from Dr.M.G.R.Medical medical university Chennai at 2004.
Received Rajiv Gandhi- Annai sathya financial fellowship for all the five years of university studies,
Finished anthroposophic curative education and social therapy (3 and half year course) from Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
Director of “Swabhimaan- holistic solutions for Autism”, Chennai. swabhimaan is an organisation which caters to health and educational needs of the children with Autism. The Integrated treatment module for Autism spectrum is the unique model of Swabhimaan which is based on Indian system of medicines including Siddha, Ayurveda and Yoga.
Received “Best Doctor Award” by Govt of Tamilnadu for the Year 2012
Consultant for many Autism education institutes and treatment facilities across south India
Presented in many national and international conferences in India and Abroad
An autism activist.. Published many awareness articles in Tamil and English dailies and weeklies; also several Television interviews in Tamil and English.
We stand in the midst of a portentous epidemic, which has claimed the minds of hundreds of thousands of young children. The incidence of Autism is in alarming rise. The recent CDC (centre for disease control and prevention) study from United States says 1 in 55 children come under Autism spectrum, which now surpasses both childhood cancer and Down’s syndrome. New study in South Korea says 1 in 38 children is in the spectrum. Non availability of India specific prevalence study doesn’t mean that the disorder is rare. Lack of necessary awareness about the condition in general population and medical community, prevents most of those children from being diagnosed and receive the services they need. To date, there has been little relief for children and adults who continue to suffer from this diverse range of disorder.
The biological profile of Autism is complex, which extends beyond brain dysfunction. Autism is both multi-factorial, involving many causes, and multi-systemic, involving many parts of the body, not just the brain. Hence we should guard against the tendency to embrace a tunnel vision perspective on this complex disorder.
It’s being observed in several studies among people in Autism spectrum that, it’s the co-morbid conditions which are making the picture looks severe and if they can be given proper attention, the condition is much more easily manageable for the individuals in the spectrum and the care givers.
Awareness about various facets of Autism including heavy metal toxicity, dietary allergies and sensitivity, immune system dysfunction, auto–immune issues, sluggish liver function, nutritional deficiencies, sensory integration issues, difficulty in language processing and speech, problems related to attention, concentration and memory are essential for the effective intervention of this ominous condition.
Sudden changes in behaviour, aggression, loss of acquired skills, covering ears with hands, irritability, teeth grinding, walking on toes, oppositional behaviour, self-injurious behaviour, repetitive rocking, chewing on clothes or other objects are some of the behaviours which may indicate an underlying co-morbidity.
Auto-immune conditions, anxiety, sleep disorders, neuro-inflammation and immune disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, seizures, Gastritis, Oesophagitis, GERD, Asthma, Eczema, allergies, ear infections, respiratory infections, migraine headaches and allergy disorder including non IgE – mediated disorders and food intolerances are some of the few co-morbid conditions seen in Autism spectrum disorder.
These co-morbid conditions can be best managed with Siddha system of medicine. Immuno-modulators in Siddha system of medicine, boosts the Child’s immunity. Therefore frequent infections, which cause setbacks in the child’s progress, can be contained by medicines. For instance, Korosanai mathirai, a paediatric medicine in Siddha system has great effect in dealing with leaky gut syndrome, a key feature in Autism. Symptomatically it helps immensely in treating constipation, which is very common in kids with ASD. It’s needless to say that the whole vicious cycle of cognitive decline which is seen in autism, which starts in the teen ages, can be helped in high order when gut- brain relationship in Autism is understood well. Siddha medicines play a huge role in establishing and strengthening gut-brain relationship. For aggression, a common symptom which is seen in adolescents with Autism, valuluvai ooral kudineer (decoction of Celastrus paniculatus) plays a clear role in calming them down.
The purpose of this lecture is to establish the scope of Siddha system of medicine and other AYUSH systems including Yoga and Ayurvedic therapies in managing the co-morbid conditions of Autism spectrum disorder effectively and hence children in the spectrum can lead a constructive and comfortable life. We rejoice whenever a child once labelled autistic, now playfully interacting with other children. We rejoice when such children smile at their parents, expressing love by hugging their family members. It is as if these children emerged from their tunnel of silence and discovered a new life, it is as if these children have recovered something truly sacred about the humanity, love for one another.
Understanding and Unravelling the autism menace- Scope in Integrated AYUSH system