Description: Administration of herbs or of substances found in the body. The goal may be to enhance the immune system, detoxify the body, or increase brain activity.
Examples: Gingko biloba, valerian root, Colostrum, Pancreatic Enzymes, Pro-Biotics such as acidophilus, Aloe Vera, Flower of Sulphur, Efalex Oil, DHA Oil
Research Summary: There have been no scientific studies on any herbal or homeopathic treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Some herbs or treatments may have a risk of side effects.
Recommendations: Researchers may wish to conduct studies with strong scientific designs to evaluate herbs and homeopathic treatments. Professionals should present these interventions as untested for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and should encourage families who are considering this intervention to evaluate its effects and side-effects carefully.
Systematic reviews of scientific studies:
Levy, S. E., & Hyman, S. L. (2015). Complementary and alternative medicine treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders. Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America, 24(1), 117-143.