Classifying Autism Using Chinese Medicine

One of the most common forms of brain development disorder, autism strikes one in every 166 child. Children diagnosed with autism often have auto immune problems and weak immune systems. While conventional Western medicine describes autism as a condition in which a child exhibits the following impairments: repetitive behavior; limited interest; speech; and poor communication and social skills, traditional Chinese medicine views autism as a health issue caused by middle burner stagnation, five weakness, and five delays.

1. Wuchi or Five delays also means five types of retardation represented in the delay of

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

2.5. Wuruan (weakness) also means five types of flaccidity that represent the softness and weakness of

a) Muscles
b) Neck
c) Muscles
d) Lower extremities
e) Upper extremities
f) Mouth

3. Ganji (stagnation of the Middle burner) also means dysfunctions of organs that are found above the navel and below the lung and heart, including the diaphragm and spleen represented by

a) Food stagnation
b) Malnutrition

Other Autism Symptoms

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

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