Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Children with Autism



In the year of a 2000 the number of autism incidence was 300:1, from 300 birth one child is autism. In 2011 was 100:1. In 2012 was 88:1.
The increase number of children with autism is shocking to me. I couldn’t imagine what will happen in the next ten years.
This number shows that we need to change our point of view of children with autism. Interestingly the number of non communicable disease incidence (such as stroke, hypertension etc) also increase.
I decide from 2005 that I need to shift my point of view to help children with autism, that’s one of the reason I deepen my knowledge and understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) especially acupuncture.

An organ in TCM comprises much function of organs from western medicine. One of the reasons is that TCM acknowledge the existence of meridian energy.
For example: Heart, in TCM the function not just to pump blood all over the body system, but also for capacity of mental. This is why when there is a mental issue usually acupuncturist may choose acupuncture points of heart meridian which is run along inner arm.

In my daily practice I found most of the children with autism have the imbalance in the heart. Sometimes there is phlegm blocking the heart or deficiency yin in the kidney. Phlegm in TCM is the result from the unsmooth flow of fluid circulation in the body system. Organs that responsible for this circulation are spleen, kidney, and lung and triple warmer.
In my practice, I notice that organ that mostly affected is spleen. In TCM one of the spleen functions is to metabolized food and converts it into qi or energy. There are numbers of food that may cause imbalance of spleen such as sugar, flour, white rice, and milk.
These foods are taking so much energy of spleen to digest, and causing lot of production of phlegm. 

The other things that need to be considered also microwave pollution. There have been lots of research shows the relation between wifi, internet, and cellular with the incidence of autism.
It makes sense to me, since this wave pollution may affect the meridian energy. Meridians energies are develop from conception till approximately 7 years old. This meridians development are easily affected by any energy transference, especially microwave (cellular, internet wifi).
Our modern lifestyle has been changing enormously. If we look back 50 years ago the way we eat, communicate, and technology are really different.
In this modern day we hardly see children play in the playground. Most of them now spent their tie with gadget and video games.
People tend to find instant result, instant food, and instant cure. But we cannot deny that life also about process, and how we appreciate process. 

In Indonesia, traditionally farmer has guidance for farming. They used to use local wisdom of astronomy, look at the sky to find the right time for farming and sowing. They will find the right land and the best seed as well the best time to plant.
In this modern life, people more instant result oriented. All this wisdom is forgotten, the important things is become how to gain more result. Even thought the action will create damage to the Mother Nature. As we had seen, if Mother Nature damaged, then it will affect us.

Changing lifestyle, diet, are important for helping children with autism. And I believe that autism is preventable. It is not just for children with autism, it’s also for our wellbeing and for our next generation.