Autism with Chiari Malformation


Hi Amy,
Read your blog – thanks for all the information, I will buy your book next. I have bought so many books since my son has been diagnosed wtih Autism that I have not gone through half of them.

I am seriously considering homeopathy. We have been using supplements, are on a GFCF diet, and have used Bumetanide (allopathy) – it helped a little.

Question: My son has also been diagnosed with Chiari malformation (14mm). Neurosurgeon recommends doing a decompression surgery as it it big and it has been seen in kids with autism more. He has some symptoms for Chiari since his regression — has lost interest in physical activities like biking, walking, speech delay, etc. But he also has some symptoms which are close to what I read about your personal experience — like head sweats, hairy, sensitive and stubborn, hyperactive. I was wondering if I should proceed with surgery as all the antibiotics, pain meds might not be good for him.

He is getting a little better with ABA and good nutrition and Bumetanide.



Hi B.

Of course, I cannot make a recommendation one way or another about the surgery. I am not a doctor. But you are right, surgery will certainly be a disruption for your son, who, as an autistic individual, is already quite sensitive mentally and physically.

My question is — will this surgery be curative for his autism? Many autistic children also have symptoms like those in Chiari malformation. What is the true cause of your son’s symptoms? Chiari or autism? Or both?

I personally don’t know if this malformation is imminently dangerous or not, or whether it will grow over time. I’m not a doctor.  If it is not dangerous and will not grow, then would there be any downside in delaying this surgery and trying other approaches first?  For example, you might start with homeopathy and also osteopathy and see how far you get.

Certainly, both homeopathy and osteopathy will be helpful to your son if you do elect for surgery.  They both could be extremely helpful in aiding in recovery.

I hope this helps.  Reading my book Impossible Cure will help you understand what homeopathy is all about.  To learn more about traditional (hands-on) osteopathy, including referrals to practitioners, visit


Homeopathy for Schizophrenia, Phobias, etc.


Where can I find info-testimonials about children with phobias/schizophrenia?




Homeopathy has an excellent track record at treating a variety of psychological and mental problems — some of them very challenging, such as OCD, schizophrenia, and Alzheimers.  Most homeopaths see patients with problems like depression and anxiety  almost every day.  The homeopathic materia medica is full of remedies that address a variety of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems.  In fact, even if a patient’s primary complaint is physical, it is often their mental/emotional/behavioral symptoms that lead to the correct remedy.  You will find a thorough explanation of this in my book Impossible Cure.

For severe problems like schizophrenia or Alzheimers, treatment by an experienced homeopath is recommended. There are also quite a few homeopaths who are  licensed  psychiatrists; visiting such a practitioner is certainly recommended in a case of serious mental illness.

For testimonials, you might  begin by reading through the Cure Stories Database on the Impossible Cure site. There are numerous cases of autism treatment described, as well as cases of insanity and Tourette’s.  My book includes testimonials about cures of Alzheimer’s and OCD.

Unfortunately, I don’t personally know of any databases of  testimonials for schizophrenia cures, but by searching for “homeopathy schizophrenia” or “homeopathy phobia” you will find many articles.

I hope this is helpful!


Regression, Remedy changes, etc.


Hi Amy.
I have a 10 year old son with autism and I did take him to a classical homeopath. His main issues are extreme controlling behavior; extreme lack of impulse control; severe constipation; very poor social behavior; and lack of focus/interest. He is very verbal and bright though. He responded very well initially to Tuberculinum and Lycopodium, but they now have stopped working for him and we don’t see any benefits from them. We are now trying Carcinosin (started) and Natrum Muriaticum (not started yet). But we don’t see the big gains we did when we initially started on Tuberculinum and Lycopodium. In fact he has shown regression in some of the behaviours we had eliminated earlier.

Are these two things common:
1. For a benefit to stop working?
2. Some medicines to cause regressions?
How long do people stay on a medication that works for them?

Thank you. Lakshmi



These are indeed difficult questions, especially without knowing more about your son’s case.  There are many possibilities and I have several questions.

How long did you stay on the initial remedies, Tuberculinum and Lycopodium? Did the homeopath try many different potencies and dosing options before abandoning them?

Usually, if a remedy is doing well for a patient, one should not abandon it before trying other potencies and even methods of dosing.  For example, if you were given dry doses, then switching to more regular liquid dosing may be needed.  Sometimes you can try a shift from C potencies to LM potencies, or vice versa.  Sometimes, even a small change in dosing (e.g., increasing the number of teaspoons at each liquid dose, or number of succussions of the remedy bottle) can make a difference.  Also, most homeopaths tend to go “up” in potency when a particular potency stops having an effect, but going down to lower potencies can also be the solution.  I believe that each potency level addresses different aspect of the case.

Why is the homeopath using two remedies at a time?  I see that he or she is giving both a nosode (Tuberculinum, Carcinosin) and a more traditional “constitutional” remedy (Lycopodium, Natrum Muriaticum). I understand the thinking, but it may be possible that it was really the Tuberculinum or the Lycopodium that was doing the work.

How long have you been on the Carcinosin and Natrum Muriaticum?  A week? Three months?  Sometimes it takes a month to see changes. And even the most subtle improvements can be signs of the remedy working.

As far as the regression. Unfortunately, this can mean many things, and it depends on how things progress.

For example, sometimes a correct remedy can cause old symptoms to return.  However, if this is the case, those symptoms should disappear within a few days, or at most couple of weeks.  Think of it as bringing up the symptoms and then more completely healing them.

Is it possible that you have introduced some new factor that is antidoting your son’s remedies or is a “maintaining cause” that is causing this regression?  These factors could be new foods, supplements, changes in social milieu at home or at school, environmental, etc.

It’s also possible, of course, that the new remedies are simply incorrect and your homeopath has to take a new approach.

This is the work of your homeopath and you must consult with them and ask these questions. Treatment of autism is difficult, complex, and may have ups and downs. And frankly, sometimes the homeopath just isn’t getting the case or doesn’t have the experience to handle it.  I always suggest that you give the process at least a few months (ideally, at least 6 months) to see at least some forms of improvement and change, trust your instincts, and if all else fails, find a new homeopath if you need to.

However patience is always needed.  This is a long-term process, not a quick fix.

I hope this is helpful!



Questions About Dosing Children


Got your book in Kindle store. Extremely informative. Question on your son and other ASD and ADHD kids is that they quickly swallow the medicine. But aren’t homeopathic medicines supposed to be kept under the tongue for two to three minutes? Secondly, only two to three drops are given, but you gave a teaspoon full. Thirdly, I want to know if after the homeopathic treatment did he grow tolerant of milk to the extent that he could take milk daily? Thanks.



Ratan, I am glad you are enjoying Impossible Cure.

The truth is, these nuances in dosing make relatively little difference. Of course, it may be best to hold the remedy in your mouth for a while (only a few seconds is recommended, not minutes!) because it then makes more contact with the mucosa. But the truth is, once it enters your body it is in there. Even touching a pill can give you a little dose.  That’s why it’s best if only the patient touches the remedy being taken.

The same goes for 2-3 drops vs. teaspoonful vs. tablespoonful, etc. These nuances might make a difference for the most sensitive patient, but for most people, it does not make a difference.  That’s why one pill or 10 pills at once, it doesn’t really make a difference.

What does make a difference is how often the remedy is repeated. Taking one drop every day for 10 days is like hitting your system over and over. Taking 10 drops on one day is just one hit.

Think of it this way.  A remedy is more like a quality than a quantity.  It’s like a vibration or sound. A dose of remedy tunes your body to a vibration. If you do it over and over again, it will really affect you, like listening to a song or some other sound over and over again.  If you listen to a sound for 2 seconds vs. 10 seconds though, it makes less of a difference.  Impossible Cure also explains this.

As far as milk goes.  We kept Max on goat’s milk for many years.  He didn’t drink a lot of milk anyway — just a little in morning cereal.  By the time he was around 11 years old, though, he would be away at camp in the summer and drank regular milk there. But when we were at home, he had goat’s milk.  Today, at age 23, Max has no problems with dairy, though as an adult, he is a bit lactose intolerant (it causes gas). However, I am also a bit lactose intolerant as well, and so are many people in my family.

So the answer is — food intolerances can go away with homeopathic treatment, but they are often the last to go and can take several years.  I would not introduce foods back in until much later, and only one at a time and with caution.

Hope this helps!


Baby Loses Gross Motor Skills


I have a 2 year old who was born perfectly healthy. At around 16 months he slowly started losing gross motor skills. He stopped crawling, drinking from a straw and pulling up to cruise (he never walked). He is currently seen at Duke University and they have done every neurological test and they have come back normal. We’re now considering alternative routes.

– Nicole



Unfortunately, your experience is that of an increasing number of parents. My suggestion is to investigate the possibility of vaccine damage closely. Loss of gross motor skills can be a type of vaccine injury. Unfortunately, conventional medical doctors will be loathe to admit it, and very likely are unaware that this is even possible. Just type in “gross motor skills lost vaccine injury” to Google and you will find examples.

I am glad that you are now pursuing alternative routes. One route you should explore is treatment by a hands-on osteopath.  This site will lead you to osteopathic referrals.

Of course, my own area of expertise is homeopathy. If you are near Duke, then you probably live near Durham, N.C.  I recommend you visit this site to find a certified classical homeopath.  In Durham, I personally know of Julia Insley and Rosemary Hyde. As always, I recommend interviewing possible homeopaths in your area and going with your intuition.  Reading my book Impossible Cure will also serve as a good guide for you.

Best wishes for your child’s complete recovery!  You are starting early, so you have every reason to be optimistic. Please be patient with the process.



Recurring Emotional Patterns and Psychosomatic Illness


Hi Amy.

I am suffering from psychosomatic disorder for a while now. Will your book Active Consciousness be able to provide some insights on this? It’s been six years (and it’s affecting every aspect of my life) and I only found out that it is psychosomatic disorder a month ago, and I’m seeking help.

Relationship-wise, I am still recovering from a break up and it has been difficult. However, I do realize that there is a recurring pattern in all my relationships. All of them never survive the first big heated argument. How do I rectify that? I actually wish to reconcile with this person that I have just broken up with. How do I actually do that on the soul level?




There is so much to say in answer to your question. Although your illness may be termed “psychosomatic”, please know that almost all physical illnesses have both a psychological and a somatic (physical) component. Indeed, in my view, almost all physical illnesses ultimately begin in the psyche.  You might be interested in this article that I wrote about this topic.

It is wonderful that you are about to begin a period of reflection about your recurring emotional patterns in life. It may not only help to heal your physical woes, but set you on a path toward wholeness and healing in general. Reading Parts V and VI in Active Consciousness might be very helpful in discovering your “stories” and patterns and releasing them.

However, be aware that the process of manifestation described in Active Consciousness cannot (and should not) be used to force a relationship upon anyone.  The question is, what is the highest good that your Higher or Inner Self wants?  If it is compatible with that of your partner’s Self, then perhaps you will find reconciliation. You might also check out the other articles I have written about relationships on this blog.

In my writing, I have often touched upon the topic of Huna, a system of thought and behavior based on ideas from Hawaiian shamanism.  In fact, I have just begun writing a new book that makes many of the ideas from Active Consciousness more accessible and practical through the lens of Huna!

Your problem with your relationships is a perfect way to apply ideas from Huna.  You have identified an emotional pattern or “complex”.  The next question is, when did this first occur?  Can you come up with an incident?  What are your beliefs about it? What are your emotions around it? For example, do you believe that relationships can never survive disagreement? Does this belief arise in your family of origin, or from some experience in the past?  What is your emotion?  Where in your body do you feel it?  (And does it by any chance relate to your physical problems?) You can start to release a complex by stating your intention (out loud and in writing) to do so and performing a ritual to remove it.  Written and spoken statements are take very seriously by the part of yourself in which your emotions reside, sometimes called the Basic Self.

Finally, one form of medicine that is excellent at helping with problems like these and creating deep shifts in awareness and consciousness is homeopathy.  You might be interested in reading my first book, Impossible Cure.

I hope this is helpful!


General Homeopathic Advice for Systemic Problems

remediesI often get questions like the following one:

Could you please make a recommendation for hypothyroid and low adrenal?

My response to any question like this is always the same:  see a homeopath, preferably an experienced classical homeopath. There is not a single remedy for a problem like hypothyroid or low adrenals.

The selection of a remedy and the treatment plan for any systemic problem like this one —  functional problems in which organs of the body are not operating within normal ranges — is almost always based on the patient’s overall constitution.  The only way to find the correct remedy for you  is through private consultation with a classical homeopath, who will investigate all your symptoms,  physical, mental, and emotional, and find the correct remedy for you.

Reading Impossible Cure is the best way to understand what I’m talking about.  My website also provides guidance about how to find a good homeopath.

I hope this helps!



Dog gets abscesses after vaccination


Hi, my puppy has a few abcesses on his body — one of them was at an injection site from a parvo shot. However the others just appeared at random spots. He has one on his face that didn’t properly open since he is wearing a cone so the abxcess got chaffed by the cone, two on his legs, and one on his shoulder where he got the shot. Could a bacteria cause abscesses to form at different parts of a dogs body? He is a stay home dog so he doesn’t have contact with objects that could have harmed him. By the way, he is on antibiotics and the abscesses have been drained and opened for the puss to be released.

Thank you, Denisse


Hi Denisse.

First of all, you might try reading a previous Ask Amy post about another dog with abscess problems.

Of course, I’m not a vet, so it’s hard to say for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the parvo shot led to a systemic reaction in your dog. My recommendation is to work with a homeopathic vet (see link above for information.)

The remedy Silica, by the way, is both a good remedy for abscesses and for correcting vaccination damage.

Hope this helps!


Homeopathic Aggravation Causing Extreme Anxiety

discomfortI am posting the following correspondence to stress the fact that homeopathy can be powerful medicine. A good homeopath will always respond to the sensitivity of a patient. While a patient’s response to a particular potency or remedy can’t always be predicted in advance, there are ways to antidote or mitigate aggravations, and then to adjust the dose.

While an aggravation that lasts just a few days is no problem and can even portend healing coming your way, if you are experiencing prolonged suffering from homeopathic treatment, your homeopath may be giving you the wrong remedy, too many remedies, too frequently, or in too high doses. Any of these are possibilities and your homeopath should respond appropriately.


Hi Amy.

I have been under the care of a classical homeopath for my anxiety for five months and it has been a living hell. I have only had one good day, sadly. We’ve gone through five remedies that have only caused my anxiety to skyrocket consistently for these five months. I am exhausted and don’t know what to do. I had to stop driving a month ago because I’m so tired, and barely make it to work. Before this I was very active and loved strenuous physical exercise, but have not been able to do any in five months. My homeopath just tells me not too worry, be patient and this will pass. Meanwhile I’m suffering and am depressed that I can no longer do the things I love. I feel trapped and would never advise anyone to try homeopathy. What has gone wrong? What should I do to end this horror? Thank you for your time.



Hi Irene.

I’m so sorry to hear about your situation. My advice is to stop taking any remedy immediately. Hopefully, your symptoms will subside after a few days.   If not, you may need to antidote the remedy, e.g., by rubbing Vicks on your chest. You are probably having really bad aggravations, and the dosing begin given to you is likely way too much for you.

Your homeopath should be adjusting the dose or having some response to your situation. In the meantime, it looks like you really need to stop the remedy.  You might find that after it wears off, you start feeling better than before.



Thank you so much for responding so quickly Amy. Even though my friend did great with [homeopath] after two years (for Lyme), she admits she suffered terribly especially during the first year. Now I’ve heard homeopathy is the gentle medicine and thought it might get a little rough, but I could handle it. I never expected to miss so much work along with what I mentioned in my first email. I feel like I’ve lost control of my life. It’s been very hard. Once again, thank you for any help, it is very much appreciated. Just hearing from you gives me hope.




I have never heard of [the  homeopath mentioned], nor does she have the credential that I prefer to see in a homeopath (CCH). Unfortunately, some homeopaths have a kind of “no pain no gain” attitude about things.  Perhaps your friend’s Lyme required that kind of thing, but it sounds like it’s all wrong for you.

On the positive side, and not to make light of your experience, but no one will be able to convince you that homeopathy is a “sugar pill”!

I do recommend [new homeopath], who I believe is not that far from you.  Feel free to tell him I sent you.  And please tell him how you reacted to these other remedies.  I hope this helps!


[Followup: Irene responded later that she is doing much better with the new homeopath.]

Treatment of Ascites


Can malignancy-caused ascites be treated with homeopathy? In my case it is due to peritoneal carcinoma. There is a YouTube video that shows it being cured without tapping or surgery.

-N. Shah


Dear N. Shah,

As you probably know, ascites is a gastroenterological term for an accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity. It can be caused by a variety of things, including cancer in the abdomen (such as yours), severe liver damage such as that caused by blood clots, congestive heart failure, pancreatitis, and hepatitis C. 

The video you provided is proof of the amazing things that homeopathy can accomplish!  Often, we see such things only in countries like India, where homeopathy is utilized as a mainstream form of medicine. Here in the United States, this kind of healing with homeopathy is rarely seen, since most people will go to conventional doctors in such cases.  Indeed, American homeopaths would be extremely reluctant not to refer to a doctor in a case as severe as the one in this video, for fear of prosecution.

Yes, I have no doubt that a case like this is legitimate. There are many remedies in the Materia Medica associated with ascites — around 100 remedies. Which one will be the best one for you will really depend on the details of your entire case. My recommendation is to see an expert homeopath. There are several in India who specialize especially in cancer treatment, and they may be able to help you — for instance:

You might also be interested in this article I wrote about “Homeopathy and Cancer”.

I hope this is helpful to you and others!