A medical qigong methodology for early intervention in autism spectrum disorder: a case series

Author: Silva LM//Cignolini A
Private Practice, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Salem, Oregon, USA. lmtsilvaqigong@comcast.net
Conference/Journal: Am J Chin Med
Date published: 2005
Other: Volume ID: 33 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 315-27 , Word Count: 79

A medical Qigong protocol was applied to a group of eight autistic children under the age of six. The children received medical Qigong massage twice weekly from the physician and daily Qigong massage from the parents for a five-week period, followed by daily parent massage for an additional four weeks. Standardized tests showed a decrease in autistic behaviors and increase in language development in all the children, as well as improvement in motor skills, sensory function and general health.