Stem cell therapy is the latest scientific breakthrough in the medical treatment of autism. Whereas on one hand, stem cell therapy brings a lot of hope to children with autism, there is also a lot of hype. Therefore, the optimism of stem cell therapy needs to be considered with caution before we make any final decision in this connection.
On one hand, many centres all the over the world claim to have treated children with autism, with a good safety record and reasonably good clinical improvements. On the other hand, many members of the medical community still believe that this treatment is in its early stages and is not completely established.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a new form of medical treatment which is being studied extensively for autism. It is a safe, effective and a non invasive procedure.
“Hyper” means more and “Baric” means pressure, i.e. this therapy uses pressure to distribute more oxygen into body tissues such as brain along with blood, cerebrospinal fluid, etc.
In an enclosed, specially designed, pressurized chamber, the patient inhales 100% oxygen at a pressure three times greater than normal atmospheric pressure. Each session of HBOT lasts upto 45-60 minutes. Patient may require upto 40 sessions of HBOT to see the benefits.