J Herbmed Pharmacol. 2016;5(3): 89-91.
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Herbal medicines: a new hope for autism therapy

Sadegh Rezapour 1, Mahmoud Bahmani 2*, Omid Afsordeh 2, Reza Rafieian 3, Ali Sheikhian 1

1 Razi Herbal Medicines Research Center, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
2 Clinical Microbiology Research Center, Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, Iran
3 Medical Plants Research Center, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Email: Mahmood.bahmani@yahoo.com


Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder that causes disruption in communication, behavior and social interaction, and influences all aspects of child development. Families of autistic children are involved with it more than families of children with Down syndrome and mental disorders. The causes of Autism include psychosocial, immune, genetic and biological parameters. So far there is no effective drug treatment and rehabilitation for the treatment of autism. In this study, the most important medicinal plants with neuroprotective effects on autism have been reported. Based on the present study, medicinal herbs such as Zingiber officinale, Astragalus membranaceu, Ginkgo biloba, Centella asiatica, Acorus calamus, Paeonia lactiflora, Lobelia inflata and Actaea racemosa have neuroprotective effects and might be beneficial for this problem.
Keywords: Autism, Herbs, Phytotherapy
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Revision: 06 Apr 2016
ePublished: 27 Jun 2016
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