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Dyslexia Homeopathic Treatment



The term dyslexia covers a range of symptoms and learning difficulties related to the written word. As such, no single cause for dyslexia has been pinpointed. Possible hypotheses suggest a genetic predisposition, an abnormality in the corpus callosum, a faulty neurological path or a rapid-processing sensory deficit. Income level, sex, race or IQ have dyslexia. Dyslexic people are visual thinkers, so it’s hard for them to understand letters, numbers, symbols or written words, which leads to problems with reading, writing, math and attention focus.

Have you been observing that your child, who is otherwise intelligent, is faltering words while reading, and is stressed to meet average eloquence and comprehension objectives? If your child has difficulty with articulacy, is reading word by word at a sluggish pace, is having trouble identifying words and is not performing well in school then he or she possibly has a medical condition termed Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disorder, which weakens a person's proficiency to read and spell. To understand Dyslexia you must be familiar with the process of reading. From birth to age three, a child listens to words and discovers how to speak. From three to four years of age their vocabulary grows and they learn to rhyme. At six years of age, they gain knowledge of merging letter sounds smoothly into words, and they initiate reading plain sentences. At seven to eight years of age, a child learns to read smoothly with comprehension. The left hemisphere of the brain is the core centre for processing language. Verbal communication reaches the brain efficiently through the right ear, as the right ear communicates directly with the left hemisphere. When the right ear dominance is not attained then the child perceives sounds in a disorderly sequence, and the sound connects with the brain at varying speeds, which elucidates errors of reversal such as writing "was" or "saw", "bat" or "dat". Even though their distinctive brain makes reading, writing, and spelling complicated, most people with Dyslexia are talented in areas controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain. They can be creative, athletic, and have a high intellect, but still not fare well academically.

Clinical Features of Dyslexia


Symptoms of dyslexia may vary from mild to very severe and can be broadly grouped into the following categories:
General features: The child can be very talented in art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, designing, etc. He may have high IQ but may not score well academically. At school he may be labeled as lazy or careless due to his symptoms. The child may develop low self-esteem due to his inability to cope up with the educational system
Reading (and spelling) Symptoms : The child is often confused by letters, numbers, words, sequences or verbal explanations. His reading or writing shows repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words. He may feel that the letters or words to be moving or jumping around on the page when he is reading or writing. He reads and rereads with little comprehension. He seems to have difficulty with vision, yet eye exams don't reveal a problem
riting (motor skills) Symptoms : He has trouble with writing or copying in class. He is clumsy, uncoordinated while writing, handwriting may be illegible. He can be ambidextrous and often confuses left/right, over/under

Hearing and Speech Symptoms: The child is easily distracted by sounds or he may hear things that have not been said.. He may face difficulty in speaking out what he is thinking (cannot put thoughts into words). He may mispronounce words (e.g. God instead of Dog), transpose words while speaking, leave sentences incomplete or take long halts during his speech

Memory Symptoms: He has poor memory for facts, sequences, information that has not been experienced. His memory can be very good for things that have been experienced. In general the child can appear to be very bright and intelligent but when it comes to reading, writing, spellings, etc he can be very bad at these. The child learns best through experience, observation, demonstrations, experimentation, and visual aids. He can fare well in verbal tests but may not be able to do well in written exams
 
 
 
 

How Does Reading Happen?

To understand dyslexia, it helps to understand reading. Reading is a real workout for your brain. You need to do the following steps — and all at once:

  • Understand the way speech sounds make up words.
  • Focus on printed marks (letters and words).
  • Connect speech sounds to letters.
  • Blend letter sounds smoothly into words.
  • Control eye movements across the page.
  • Build images and ideas.
  • Compare new ideas with what is already known.
  • Store the ideas in memory.

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Causes of Dyslexia:

  • Hereditary.
  • Sluggish undeveloped speech or stammering.
  • Frequent colds and ear infections during childhood can weaken hearing.
  • Frequent throat infections during childhood.
  • Malfunction in areas of brain that is concerned with language, cognitive and intellectual functions.
  • Brain damage due to sickness or injury.
  • Vision or hearing problems.
  • Social problems, nervousness or hopelessness.
  • Deficiency in Omega 3 unsaturated fatty acids.
  • Chemical toxicities.

Dyslexia

Symptoms of Dyslexia:

A discrepancy between the pupil’s ability and their actual achievement:  If you notice that a child who appears to be average or bright when they are talking to you is struggling to read, spell or cope with math/s, this may be the strongest indicator that they may be dyslexic. It is very common for dyslexic children to be quite able, especially in the areas of creativity (art, drama, drawing, etc) and physical co-ordination (physical education, swimming, sports, model-making, etc.).

 
A family history of learning difficulties:
Dyslexia is most often inherited through the genes. It can also be caused by early ear infections. In both cases it is harder for a young child to distinguish the difference between similar sounding words. The numbers of boys and girls who are dyslexic are roughly the same.

 

 
Difficulties with spelling: Spelling is the activity which causes most difficulty for dyslexic children. Noticing spelling errors in short, simple words is the way in which most dyslexic children first come our attention. Examples of words which cause particular difficulty are: anymanyisland,  said,  theybecauseenough, and friend.
Other words will sometimes be spelt in the way that you would expect them to be spelt if our spelling system were rational, for example does/dusplease/ pleeze,  knock /nock,  search /serchjourney/jerney, etc.

 
Dyslexic children also experience difficulties with ‘jumbled spellings’. These are spelling attempts in which all the correct letters are present, but are written in the wrong order. Examples include dose/doesfreind/friendsiad/saidbule/bluebecuase/because, and wores/worse. ‘Jumbled spellings’ show that the child is experiencing difficulty with visual memory.
 
Confusion over left and right: A fairly quick way to establish this type of confusion is to ask a child to point to your left foot with his or her right hand. If you try similar instructions – in a non-threatening environment – you will soon be able to see if this causes difficulties or not. You may also notice difficulties with east and west, or in following directions like ‘Go to the end of the road and turn left, then right, etc’.
 
Writing letters or numbers backwards: You will have noticed some children who mix up ‘b’ and ‘d’, or even ‘p’ and the number 9. These letters are the same in their mirror image, and cause regular confusion for a dyslexic person. Some pupils make a point of always writing the letter ‘b’ as au upper-case or capital ‘B’, as they find this much easier to remember in terms of the direction it faces.
 
Difficulties with maths and calculations: One feature of dyslexia is difficulties with sequencing – getting things in the right order. Maths depends on sequences of numbers – 2. 4. 6. 8. Etc. whilst many people are aware that dyslexic children and students have problems with reading and spelling, they do not know that maths can also be a real challenge. This is mentioned quite often in Dot’s Diary.
 
Difficulties organizing themselves: For dyslexic children and students, who may have genuine difficulties with planning and thinking ahead to when a book or pen might be needed next,
 
Difficulty following 2- or 3-step instructions: ‘Go to Mrs. Anu and ask her if Mughil is in school today. Oh, yes, and ask if I can borrow his dictionary’ – such an instruction is just too much! It involves both sequencing and memory skills, and you would be very surprised to see a dyslexic child return with the dictionary and information about Mughil! Dyslexic children love to take messages as much as any other child, but it has to be a less complicated instruction, e.g. ‘Ask Mrs. Anu if I can borrow her Pencil’.

Self Care measures for Dyslexia:

 

  • Help your child be aware of their problem.
  • Recognize your child’s strengths and weaknesses and be a positive force in their intellectual growth.
  • Be a good reading role model, encourage discussion and reinforce reading.
  • Respect and challenge your child’s natural intelligence.
  • Play spelling games with your child and encourage your child to write.
  • Work with your child’s teachers and have your child use alternative means at school like using flash cards, listening to books on tape, using text reading computer programs, and writing on computers.
  • Trace with a finger the shape of the letters used and the words spoken.
  • Give your child emotional support and motivation, which will help them build a strong self-image.
  • Have your child sit in an erect posture and read aloud, this will slowly help in successful conversion of visual symbols into sound.
  • Have your child listen and repeat instructions.
  • Stay involved with your child’s education and help them cope with strategies as they advance in school.

 

Homeopathic approach to Dyslexia:

Homeopathic medicines along with other supportive therapies are exceptionally functional in treating learning disorders. After understanding the child's constitution, restricted capabilities, mental state, life situation, etc. a constitutional remedy is selected which has an affirmative effect on the patient. Homeopathic constitutional treatment will facilitate your child with constructive reinforcement of staying motivated and occupied in the learning process. Both hemispheres of the brain contribute in processing language and Homeopathic remedies will promote rejuvenation of the brain cells and help reinstate the equilibrium between the two hemispheres of the brain, which is imperative in surmounting Dyslexia and augmenting your child’s aptitude to read and spell. Homeopathic approach will enhance brain function and improve multi tasking, reading, spelling, and comprehension, reasoning ability, memory, focus and organizational skills. These remedies will also help your child cope with emotional struggles that arise because of difficulties at school.

Homeopathic remedies are natural, gentle, harmless, and easy to take, are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. Constitutional Homeopathic treatment with the management of an experienced and professional Homeopath is an excellent choice for the treatment of Dyslexia.

Homeopathic Remedies(medicines) for dyslexia

These remedies will also help your child cope with emotional struggles that may arise because of difficulties at school.

Anacardium - Brain-fag. Impaired memory. Absent mindedness. Very easily offended. Malicious; seems bent on wickedness. Lack of confidence in himself or others.  impaired memory, depression, and irritability;

Aethusa cyn  - Restless, anxious, crying. Unconscious, delirious. Inability to think, to fix the attention. Brain fag. Idiocy may alternate with furor and irritability.

Baryta carb  - Memory deficient; forgetful, inattentive; child cannot be taught for it cannot remember; threatened idiocy. Children both physically and mentally weak. Scrofulous, dwarfish children who do not grow, Loss of memory, mental weakness. Irresolute. Lost confidence in himself. Confusion. Bashful. Aversion to strangers. Childish; grief over trifles.

Lycopodium - Apprehensive. Weak memory, confused thoughts; spells or writes wrong words and syllables. Failing brain-power (Anac; Phos; Baryt). Cannot bear to see anything new. Cannot read what he writes. Loss of self-confidence. Melancholy; afraid to be alone.

Lac caninum - Very forgetful, absent-minded; makes purchases and walks away without them. In writing, uses too many words or not the right ones; omits final letter or letters in a word; cannot concentrate the mind to read or study; very nervous,  Fears to be alone

Stramonium - Weakness of memory; cannot remember names, words or initial letters; has to ask name of most intimate fried; even forgets his own name. Cannot spell correctly; wonders how a well-known name is spelled. Constantly loses the thread of conversation. Anxious, nervous, extremely sensitive; starts at the least sound.

Syphilinum - Loss of memory; remembers everything previous to his illness. Apathetic, cannot remember names of books, persons or places; arithmetical calculation difficult.

Other Frequently used Homoeopathic remedies for Dyslexia are Kali brom, Stramonium, China, Nux vom, Silicea, Thuja, Chammomilla, Cannabis sativa, Sulphur, Hypericum,The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat dyslexia symptoms but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for dyslexia symptoms that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints.  For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person.Hence, increase your child’s confidence, improve their level of fluency, expression, comprehension and help your child achieve higher in school and in life with the help of Homoeopathy.

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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