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Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2009 Jun;34(3):183-7.

[Observation on the therapeutic effect of acupuncture treatment of autism children].

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Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou 510405, China.



To observe the therapeutic effect of acupuncture ("Jin's Sanzhen") treatment for autism patients with different severity.


A total of 202 autism children were divided into treatment group (n=118) and control group (n=84) according to their parents' will. Autism children in the treatment group were treated with "Jin's Sanzhen" therapy [for example, Niesanzhen: the point 2 cun superior to the ear tip, and those at the same level 1 cun apart on the left and right sides; Naosanzhen: Naohu (GV 17), bilateral Naokong (GB 19), etc.], while those of control group accepted special training: behavior education (cognition, speech, communication ability, life self-care ability, etc.) and sensory integration training. The treatment was given to the patients in both groups once per day, six times a week for 4 months.


Of the 78 and 58 severe patients in the treatment and control groups, 63 (80.8%) and4 (6.9%) experienced marked improvement, 9 (11.5%) and 33 (56.9%) experienced improvement, 6 (7.7%) and 21 (36.2%) failed, with the effective rates being 92.3% and 63.8% respectively. Of the 118 and 84 patients in the treatment and control groups, after the treatment, the no symptoms, mild, moderate and severe cases were 12 (10.2%) and 3 (3.6%), 56 (47.5%) and 25 (29.8%), 45 (38.1%) and 23 (27.4%), 5 (4.2%) and 33 (39.3%), respectively. The total score of Childhood Autism Rating Scale of treatment group was significantly lower than that of control group after the treatment in severe cases (P < 0.01), showing a better therapeutic effect of the treatment group.


"Jin's Sanzhen" therapy has a better therapeutic effect for improving the autism patients symptoms at different severity.

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