Autism in children, is a obstructive disease whose main clinical symptoms are severe social communication disorders, varying degrees of language barriers, repetitive stereotypes, and narrow interests. Among them, social communication disorders are the core symptoms of children with autism. For the disease, traditional Chinese medicine has obviously effects.
The causes of autism from the perspective of Chinese medicine:
The pathogenesis of autism in TCM is divided into root syndrome and surface syndromes. The root syndrome is congenital insufficiency and dystrophy of the brain. The surface syndromes are turbid phlegm endogenous, liver failure in dredging, floating Yang uplift, loss of Qi and blood, brain meridians stasis. In treatment, it should be based on invigorating the spleen and promoting Yang, resolving phlegm, or calming the liver and suppressing Yang, and calming the nerves.
Common symptoms of autism in Children:
That is, language development disorder, interpersonal communication disorder, stereotyped behavior and narrow interest.
Communication obstacles: There are obstacles in both verbal communication and non-verbal communication. Speech communication obstacles are mainly manifested as language development delay, impaired comprehension, abnormal language form and content, and abnormal speech speed and intonation. Non-verbal communication obstacles are mainly manifested as decreased expressions, movements, and postures in communication.
Social communication obstacles: avoiding eyes, lack of response to calls, lack of interest in communicating with others, inability to understand other people’s emotions, ignorance of social rules, etc.
Stereotyped behaviors and narrow interest: behaviors are stereotyped and repetitive, stick to the rules, and narrow interest.
Traditional Chinese medicine treatment methods of autism:
1. Kidney Essence Deficiency Syndrome:
Except the main symptoms, it can also be manifested as developmental delay, slow response, no eye contact with others, indifferent expression, depression, fear, enuresis, pale tongue, thin white tongue coating, thready pulse or pale red fingerprints.
The treatment is to replenish the liver and kidney, fill the essence and nourish the marrow, and it is suitable for Zuo Gui Yi addition or subtraction.
2. Spleen deficiency and excessive phlegm syndrome:
Except the main symptoms, it can also be manifested as monotonous or picky eating, hyperactivity, inattention, or salivation, dull complexion, blueness around the mouth and nose, liking to be alone, thin body, phlegm sound in the throat, poor appetite, dry or loose stools, pale tongue or white greasy tongue coating, slippery pulse or pale red fingerprints.
The treatment is to promote the spleen and resolve phlegm, focus on calming the nerves, and use Er Chen soup adding Magnetitum, Hematite, and Arisaema Cum Bile.
3. Heart and liver fire syndrome:
Except the main symptoms, it can also be manifested as irritability, hyperactivity, uncontrollable mood, insomnia, or enuresis, red tongue, white or yellow tongue coating, and slippery pulse.
The treatment is to reconcile the Shao Yang, calm the heart and soothe the nerves, and use Chaihu add Longgu Muli soup addition or subtraction.
4. Insufficiency of Qi and Blood:
Except the main symptoms, it can also be manifested as pale complexion, unable or repetitive speech, joy and sadness, crying, pale red tongue, and weak pulse.
The treatment is to nourish the heart and calm the nerves, and the prescription is treated with Ganmai Dazao soup and Guipi soup addition and substraction.
In clinical treatment, syndrome differentiation and treatment should be conducted according to the condition of children with autism, and select appropriate Chinese medicine soups and drug treatments.