Autistic is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests in delays of “social interaction, language as used in social communication, or symbolic or imaginative play”, with “onset prior to age 1.5 years”, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It is also requires symptoms to “manifest before the age of three years”. Autism is often not physiologically obvious, in that outward appearance may not indicate a disorder, and diagnosis typically comes from a complete physical and neurological evaluation.
There have been large increases in diagnosed autism, for reasons that are heavily debated by researchers in psychology and related fields within the scientific community. Some believe this increase is largely due to changed diagnostic criteria and/or societal factors, while others think the reason is environmental. Although the specific causes of autism are unknown, there is a large database of links between autism and genetic loci that span every chromosome. Further, observations and studies that autistic children have generally larger head circumferences are intriguing, but their roles in the disorder are unclear. One group of researcher’s claims to have found a link between autism, abnormal blood vessel function and oxidative stress, with potential for new medical therapies should this line of evidence prove fruitful.
With early intervention, intense therapies, practice and schooling, some children diagnosed with autism may improve on their skills to the point of neurotypical children. Some autistic children and adults are opposed to attempts to treatment autism, because they see autism as part of who they are or the attempts are perceived as intensive and unnatural in some cases.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Originating in China some 5000 years ago in the last three decades has it become popular in the whole world.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles, (sometimes in conjunction with electrical stimulus), on the body’s surface, in order to influence physiological functioning of the body. Traditional Chinese medicine hold that there are as many 2000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by 20 pathway (14 main, 6 secondary) called meridians.
Qi is believed to help regulate balance in the body. It is influenced by the opposite force of yin and yang, which represent positive and negative energy and forces in the universe and human body. Acupuncture is believed to keep the balance between yin and yang, thus allowing for the normal flow of qi throughout the body and restoring to the mind and body.