Complementary and alternative medicine for autism – More common than we think

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers have found that complementary and alternative medicine is wide use among children with autism and other types of developmental delay, however is more common in children with autism, 40 percent versus 30 percent respectively.

Those most commonly reported of complementary treatments were dietary supplements, mostly gluten- and casein-free diets. A small number of children used mind-body therapies, such meditation or acupuncture, as well as melatonin and probiotics. A small but statistically significant number—about 4 percent—were found to use alternative treatments classified by the study as potentially unsafe, invasive or unproven, such as antifungal medications, chelation therapy and vitamin B-12 injections.

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