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Open Access Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine

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Acupuncture for Autism Spectrum Disorders Volume 3 - Issue 3

Zhenhuan Liu*, Bingxu Jin and Yong Zhao

    Nanhai Maternity and Child Hospital, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, China

Received:July 07, 2021   Published:August 13, 2021

*Corresponding author:Zhenhuan Liu, Nanhai Maternity and Child Hospital Affiliated to Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

DOI: 10.32474/OAJCAM.2021.03.000162

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a severe and pervasive heterogeneous neurodevelopment disorder, is characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, repetitive behavioral patterns, and restricted interests. Many aspects of ASD are still debatable, with elusive and complex etiologies, and no effective therapy exists. At present, many studies have verified the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of autism. However, the results should be explained cautiously due to methodological weakness. In order to obtain powerful evidence of the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of ASD, it is worth designing a study with higher methodological quality. We summarize the potential mechanism of acupuncture in the treatment of ASD. We found the mechanism of acupuncture treatment of ASD is still unclear. On the one hand, due to the complex etiology and biochemical changes of ASD, it is a neurodevelopmental disorder syndrome with a variety of biological factors. On the other hand, there are few basic research on the mechanism of acupuncture in the treatment of ASD. There is still a long way to go to reveal the secret of this mechanism. Acupuncture has a short history in the treatment of autism, but the application of scalp points has achieved remarkable curative effect. There are different kinds of scalp acupuncture therapy in clinic. Thus, we put forward “Xingnao Kaiqiao scalp acupuncture therapy”and bring forth the need for well-designed, rigorous clinical and experimental studies to provide formidable scientific evidence validating the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of ASD.

Keywords:Acupuncture; Autism spectrum disorders; Xingnao Kaiqiao scalp acupuncture therapy

Abbreviations:ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorders; WHO: World Health Organization; BEI: Behavioral and Educational Interventions; CAM: Complementary and Alternative Medicine; CABS: Clancy Autism Behavior Scale; CARS: Children’s Autism Rating Scale; ABC: Autism Children’s Behavior Scale; ATEC: Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist; PSD-95: Postsynaptic Density Protein 95

Abstract| The life system from the perspective of natural system| Clinical applications of acupuncture for ASD| Potential Mechanisms of Acupuncture Therapy for Autism| Prospective strategy: Xingnao Kaiqiao scalp acupuncture| Concluding Remarks| References |