The Traditional Chinese Medicine View On Autism

One in 166 children is diagnosed with some form of autism making this condition one the most common forms of brain development disorder among children. Autistic children are liable to suffer auto immune problems and weak immune systems. While autism is defined by Western medicine as a medical condition wherein a child exhibits the following impairments: repetitive behavior; limited interest; and poor communication, social, and speech skills, TCM or traditional Chinese medicine, on the other hand, views autism as a health problem of middle burner stagnation, weakness, and five delays.

1. Middle burner stagnation (ganji)

This also means organ system disorders affecting the organs found above the umbilicus and below the lung and heart, including the diaphragm and the spleen which signifies

a. Food stagnation
b. Malnutrition

2. Weakness (wuruan)

This also represents five forms of flaccidity that signifies the softness and weakness of the

a. Muscles
b. Upper extremities
c. Lower extremities
d. Mouth
e. Neck

3. Five delays (wuchi)

Also represents five types of retardation that signifies the delay of

a. Speaking
b. Walking
c. Standing
d. Teeth eruption
e. Hair growth

Autism Symptoms include:

 Vomiting
 Schizoid personality behavior
 Abundant phlegm
 Peptic ulcer
 Nausea
 Dizziness
 Distension of the chest
 Chronic hepatitis
 Chronic gastritis
 Rapid-wiry pulse
 Slippery-rapid pulse
 Greasy-yellow tongue fur
 Red tongue
 Slight thirst
 Shyness
 Loss of consciousness
 Bitter taste
 Anxiety
 Chronic bronchitis
 Etc.

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