If you happen to be doing any healing and stumble across someone with autism some of the results from China are largely anecdotal:
1. they don’t have much success trying to get autistic people to receive acupuncture
2. sometimes massage, usually with a liniment, works (will be accepted) for things like bruises and stretched muscles
3. oddly, moxibustion (burning mugwort in the glass cups on your back) helps with breathing and seems to be not only accepted, but sought out, It is speculated that because the patient cannot really see anything there is more acceptance
4. mixed results on some of the plasters (about 4″ x 6″ plastic sheets with some adhesive and ingredients like camphor) that usually are used for breathing problems
5. some patients really like, others are indifferent, a few dislike liniments like Tiger Balm being applied near their noses
[yes, air pollution is a major problem in China – not sure if respiratory illnesses are notably more prevalent among autistics there]
6. a lot of the secondary therapy involves herbs brewed in a tea and either consumed or put on gauze. Typically, when someone is drinking the concoctions something like mango juice is used to mask the flavor. Most of the time drinking the brewed herbs is directed at modulating appetite, avoiding extreme behaviors, helping with sleep …
7. There’s a great deal of interest in using Western technology to figure out what the active ingredient in herbs really is – somewhat like the artemisinin work done by JD Keasling at UC Berkeley.