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

Am J Chin Med. 2005;33(2):315-27. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X05002837.


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.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Breathing Exercises*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Language Development
  • Male
  • Massage*
  • Motor Skills Disorders / therapy
  • Treatment Outcome