Children’s Health – Autism – Definition and Symptoms in Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

I. Definition
Autism is one most common forms of brain development disorder and one in 166 child is diagnosed with some forms of autism. Children who are diagnosed with autism tend to have weak immune systems and auto immune problems. While conventional medicine defines autism as medical condition in which a child has some of the following impairments: speech, social and communication skills, limited interest and repetitive behaviour, traditional Chinese medicine defines autism as a health condition of five delays, five weakness and middle burner stagnation.

1. 5 delays (wuchi) is also meant 5 kinds of retardation in which represent the delay of
a) Hair growth
b) Teeth eruption
c) Standing
d) Walking and
e) Speaking

2. 5 weakness (wuruan) is also meant 5 kinds of flaccidity in which represent the weakness and softness of
a) Neck
b) Mouth
c) Upper extremities
d) Lower extremities and
e) Muscles
3. Middle burner stagnation (ganji) is also meant disorders of organs which are located above the belly button and below the heart and lung, including the diaphragm and includes the spleen in which represents
a) Malnutrition and
b) Foods stagnation

II. Some symptoms of Autism
1. Chronic bronchitis
2. Chronic gastritis
3. Chronic hepatitis
4. Distension of the chest, dizziness
5. Nausea
6. Peptic ulcer
7. Profuse phlegm
8. Schizoid personality behavior
10. Anxiety
11. Bitter taste
12. Loss of consciousness
13. Shyness
14. Slight thirst
15. Red tongue
16. Greasy-yellow coating
17. Slippery-rapid pulse
18. Rapid-wiry pulse
19. Etc.

For the series of autism, please visit