We are aware that many parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD have been offered stem cell therapies as a standard treatment option. Autism being a disability, the therapy results are slow, thus making the parents desperate for some miraculous solution. Hospitals have charged lakhs of money for stem cell therapy sessions but mostly it showed no result.
Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR with inputs from medical specialists in this field has critically reviewed the existing scientific and medical literature regarding any evidence-based safety and efficacy of stem cells in ASD. The studies have revealed that stem cell therapy should NOT be offered as a standard or routine therapy to individuals with Autism.
According to the recent circular issued by the National Medical Commission (NMC) on 6th Dec 2022, “ The use of stem cell therapy in treating patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not recommended and its promotion and advertisement will be considered professional misconduct”. To know in detail, read the circular attached above.
Medical professionals have welcomed the order as they agree to the fact that Autism is not curable and it is medically unethical to promise stem cell therapy as its cure. Doctors have also observed that there is a rise in irritability and aggression in people with ASD after stem cell therapy sessions.
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