Acupuncture and Autism


Autism is on the rise worldwide, with current estimates ranging from one of a thousand to one in five hundred children affected. No one knows exactly why the numbers are going up. Old theory vaccine that causes the problem has largely been discounted, but other theories which includes viruses, antibiotics, nutrition and environmental wax and wane.

Because autism is incomprehensible and difficult problem to treat, many parents are turning to alternative therapies to try to help their children. Western orthodox approach to treating children with autism have ranged from placing them in the care of working to improve social and communication skills of. There is no ‘cure’ for autism yet, leading some parents to try alternative treatments for pain relief and possible improvements in the condition of their children. One popular method is the recent acupuncture, even though autism as defined by Western medicine is not recognized by Chinese medicine.

Reports and preliminary medical evidence shows that children with autism can benefit from acupuncture. While doctors are not expected, acupuncture seems to give symptomatic relief of children.

Though it may be a difficult experience for the child and parents at the beginning, the results seem to suggest that it is beneficial in the long term. Traditional acupuncture, the patient lay still for a long time, to tolerate intimacy of strangers and invasive cannulation, all of which may prove extremely difficult for a child, especially one on the severe end of the autistic spectrum. But Children acupuncture addresses some of these issues. Acupuncture for young children do not need them to lay still as with adults. It is just a quick prick (with super thin needles) on pressure points. Acupressure is an option for those who would prefer less invasive treatment.

study was conducted in the United States to monitor the effects of acupuncture on the brain of children with autism. The acupuncture treatment was given once every other day for four months. After acupuncture; of the 22 cases, 20 were remarkable improvement and 2 had significant brain blood flow. Before treatment were significant differences in blood flow between the left and right cerebrum and between the left and right frontal lobes, but after treatment, there was no difference between them

Preclinical studies have been conducted in Hong Kong to establish the effectiveness of tongue acupuncture – a relatively new treatment method is thought to be particularly effective for children on the autistic spectrum. Traditional acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 5000 years, but the tongue acupuncture has developed only in the last two decades.

Based on the Chinese belief that the tongue and heart are connected by meridians that spread to all the organs of the body, it is believed that the level of language affect the status of body organs and it is through this that the symptoms of autism is.

Most agree that the combined approach to diet and other treatment may offer symptomatic relief of suffering from autism, improve mood and communication skills in children. While there will always be on the scale of improvement, rather than cure.