Autism and Chinese Medical Tuina

The study focused on the treatment of the sensory and self-regulatory deficits of many children, with autism. Doctors, researchers and academics have theorized that these two issues play a key role in social and language delays. The study titled A Model and Treatment for Autism at the Convergence of Chinese Medicine and Western Science: First 130 Cases focused on the effectiveness of Tuina Chinese medical acupressure to attend to the self-regulatory and sensory deficits and other autism symptoms.

The study carried out over 5 months, on 175 autistic children (130 in the study group and 45 in the control group). Parents were instructed how to perform the Tuina technique by trained professionals. The study outcomes focused on the affect the treatment had on the main symptoms of autism, language and social delay, parental stress levels, and sensory and self-regulatory deficits.

Autistic children showed significant improvements in sensory and self-regulation deficits after the 5 month period. Both evaluations performed by parents and pre-school teachers of the children showed significant improvements in the measures of autism after the study period compared to prior to initiating treatment. Parental stress levels also decreased significantly over the 5 month study.

The authors in the study concluded that Tuina might prove to be a beneficial autism treatment. They claim that their study demonstrated Tuina resulted in positive outcomes in self-regulatory and sensory deficits in autistic children, as well as a reduction in the severity of autism symptoms.

The article was published on June 10, 2011 by the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine.

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