Results from research reveal an increasing number of children that are diagnosed with autism.
As yet, doctors have not discovered a remedy to this condition which explains why a number of parents decide to test out alternative forms of treatment like acupuncture.
Acupuncture is an alternative method in the treatment and prevention of several diseases. This type of treatment uses very thin needles inserted to several specific points in the body. These points are linked together by a system of pathways called meridians. As soon as these pathways are stimulated, balance is supposed to be created in the body.
Meanwhile, autism is a brain condition that is long lasting. This disorder is characterized by deficits in language, interpersonal communication and cognition.
Children who have the disease will likely experience secondary conditions like irritability, volatile emotions, hyperactivity, temper tantrums, short attention span, aggression and obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Some research indicates that acupuncture may give symptomatic relief to children diagnosed with autism. While difficult at first, it is considered to be beneficial in the long run. This is because acupuncture doesn’t require a child to stay still during treatment unlike conventional therapy.
Certain treatments require only a quick prick at the vital points in the body.
A group of 22 children were included in a study to see how effective acupuncture is among children. Every one of them received treatment once every other day for four months.
After the treatment, 20 out of the 22 children demonstrated significant improvement. In fact two of them had improved cerebral blood flow. The one factor that failed to change before and after treatment was the blood flow between the left and right cerebrum as it revealed no difference.
Other than traditional acupuncture to benefit children with autism, a study in Hong Kong is wanting to determine if tongue acupuncture have superior results.
Data showed that of 30 participants in the test, majority demonstrated functional improvement of different degrees according to age and extent of their disabilities. Several improvements was obvious within a few sessions, particularly for drooling, spasticity, ataxia, and poor balance in walking.
Functional improvement was observed after a couple of treatments. Nearly all children tolerated the treatments well, having only rare pain and minor bleeding in a few patients.
Experts suggest that there is a connection between the tongue and the heart by way of the meridians that distribute to all the organs in the body. This is the reason why there is so much interest in tongue acupuncture study and experimentation. It is also claimed that the points on the tongue can influence the condition of the other body organs providing relief to the child suffering from autism.
But a majority of physicians believe that acupuncture itself cannot help children with autism. It has to be integrated with other things such as consuming a certain diet to help improve ones mood.
While it is only short term, it is far better than nothing until a cure emerges.
Can a cure be found? Only time can tell because there are several questions that have to be addressed that allows doctors to even more understand neurological disabilities.
Physicians who are doing research think that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary considering that fact that acupuncture has demonstrated good results in helping children with autism.