Sensory Overload Syndrome is defined as an over-sensitivity to one’s environment which can be painful and overwhelming. Many people assume there is nothing that can be done, but in fact most of these sensitivities can be reduced or even eliminated by simply detoxing the liver.
The liver in Chinese Medicine, is the organ that is associated with general irritability, and sensitivity to light. In our modern world, the liver is bombarded with toxic chemicals to process. When the liver is less toxic, we feel generally more emotionally at ease, and less affected by lights and even sounds. Detoxing liver also has the effect of allowing the brain to detox as well, which means we process sensory information in a more efficient manner.
What about a person living with autism, can this help with their sensory processing? Don’t assume it can’t, and that sensory processing in the autistic is some sort of unchangeable genetic thing. I have found the root causes of Sensory Overload Syndrome in people with and without autism to be the same: toxicity.
What are common toxicities that clog up the liver? The usual culprits I have talked about in my other blogs: heavy metals, pesticides, genetically modified foods, food preservatives, chlorine, etc. Certain foods can also be problematic for some people, such as sugar and wheat. Electromagnetic frequency (cell phones, routers, smart meters) overexposure also play a part in disrupting both liver and brain function.
Start gently detoxing the body by including more vegetables and vegetable juices in the diet, and then add in some liver cleansing herbs, such as milk thistle, dandelion root, burdock root, rosemary, and more. Even more helpful is to come in for a Nutritional Analysis appointment, which can identify the main sources of toxicity in the liver, so we can make sure to stop any current exposures. From there, we can test which herbs and nutritional supplements would work best to clean out and optimize liver function.