Dec 06, 2016

Autistic but studious youngster, violent tendencies ceased, re-entered society

Patient was 15 years old, suffering from Asperger’s syndrome, a kind of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He had normal intelligence, could even possibly be a genius. He had good language skills but could not comprehend facial expressions of others and had difficulties getting along with others. His parents brought him to my clinic for treatment immediately after they had attended my lecture on autism. His head was larger than normal, complexion was pale, had dark circles and his eyes lacked energy. His left eye was smaller and his would lower his head and slant his eyes when looking at people. His palms were also sweaty. His mother gave birth to him at the age of twenty-six. When he was born, the nurse had used forceps to grab his head in order to pull him out. Doing that would have caused blood stasis in the baby’s head. Before the age of five, patient did not know how to talk and needed counseling. At school, his grades were not bad and his writing skill was pretty good. Although he had difficulties communicating with classmates, he had no problems talking with teachers or friends. He had difficulties falling asleep at night, often ground his teeth at night and would wake up once or twice a night to use the toilet. When I checked his penis, it seemed very short. His scrotum was loose, testicles were saggy and patient said he had normal erection. There was no record of any falls. His mother also said that he had symptoms of depression. He could not pronounce the Chinese words “butter” and “door” clearly. I asked him to stick out his tongue for me to check. His tongue was round shaped and he said it felt tight, like it was being pulled, and it was difficult to stretch out. I asked him to read out the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. He had problems tweaking the tongue upward when saying the letter “L”.

Afraid of body touch

The following day after taking the medicine, patient had not ground his teeth and he could stick his tongue out easily. His mother said that he started to talk back, unlike before when he was dull and rigid. When he was at my clinic, he took the initiative to ask me about the ingredients in my formula and the medicinal herbs name. His mother was surprised and pleased with his performance. His bowel movement has improved. His visual and hearing have also improved. He could see objects with more brightness, he could even see the white spots on my neck. He could hear things twice as loud as before. Weak audio-visual ability before the treatment was a reason to his ignoring others. Before, the muscles on the back of his neck was tense and felt like it was being pulled, however, it was more relaxed now. My assistant noticed that he was different from the last time he came. He was more cheerful, not gloomy and quick in response. When I accidentally hit his shoulder, he immediately retracted because he did not like being touched. When he shook hands, he only stretched out a finger. After I explained to him, he very reluctantly reached out his hand to shake mine. This is a normal symptom of autistic children. When I checked his sexual organs, he asked curiously why I need to check it for his kind of disease. I explained to him that when there are problems with the brain, the hormones and endocrine will be imbalanced, affecting the growth of sexual organs. I needed to check if there was any new development after taking the medication in comparison.

The first urine sample from patient was mostly brownish red, indicating a lot of blood stasis being discharged from the heart, brain and liver. There was also some white cholesterol precipitate, indicating that the drug had dissolved the plague in the blood vessel wall, which was being discharged. To cure a brain disease, we must first strengthen the liver, kidney and heart so that the blood and drugs can reach the brain, dissolve and drain away the accumulation of brain blood stasis, all the toxins and heavy metals. By removing these accumulates in the brain, it allows the brain cells to regenerate and return to normal. Urine sample patient brought later on was darker, some was dark brownish red and some was almost black, it also contained liver cells and heart cells, uric acid crystal, tartaric acid crystals and so on. The medication I prescribed for him had helped discharge liver toxins, blood stasis and fat. That was why his initial urine color was purplish red and became dark brown after oxidation. Patient’s sixty-ninth follow-up visit was a turning point. Urine color began to turn pale orange and he had more urine output, this indicated the liver was strengthened. My prescription for the next step would be to discharge blood stasis in the heart in order to strengthen the heart. In general, the color of the urine of a healthy person is light yellow.

Despite his autism, patient was very smart and had very good memory. One time he participated in the British Physicist Hawking’s Visit to Hong Kong Essay Contest. He showed me the article he submitted, entitled “Inspiration Hawking Gave Me.” In the context, he quoted Analects of Confucius. It was well written and I gave him my encouragement immediately.

Violent tendencies, forced to drop out of school

Autistic children are often prone to bad temper, this patient was no exception. His mood would sometimes get out of control and he would scream and have violent tendencies. One time at school he grabbed a teacher’s neck with one hand and pressed his own head to hit the table with the other hand. The school immediately called the police and he was forced to drop out of school. He did not like to be touched. The teacher whom he hurt had patted his shoulder one time and he had been having a grudge since. One day he took a belt and went to this old school with the intention to strangle the teacher. Fortunately some people saw him, informed the teacher to leave and she was unharmed. He was warned and then asked to leave. I told him not to make the same mistakes, otherwise he would be treated as a mental patient and would need to take psychiatric drugs. In that case, rehabilitation would be more difficult.

One time, patient and his mother had lunch with me, my wife and several ladies. He enjoyed meeting these ladies and chatted excitedly with them. However, since he needed to attend a qigong class, his mother urged him to leave. Finally, he left reluctantly for the class. When he went home afterwards, he was furious and screamed and squeezed his mother’s neck. In the nick of time, his mother used all her strength to pry his fingers off and saved her own life. Another time, he tried to hit his mother over some petty issues. His mother saved herself again by biting him. After that incident, however, he apologized to his mother. As his condition slowly improved, he began to understand things better. He was very sensitive to insults, for example, when his mother scolded him or said he was stupid, he would be furious and throw a terrible tantrum. There was not a day he didn’t argue with his little brother and sometimes they would even get into physical fights. One time when he came to my clinic for a follow-up visit, his right eye was bruised. Turned out he had a fight with his little brother.

Patient was always afraid of others touching his body. He asked me one time if female teachers often patted his shoulder was a sexual assault. I told him no and that it was just a gesture of encouragement and care. He also believed that physical contact between men and women was wrong and embarrassing. I kept counselling him, pointing out that in today’s society, physical contact between men and women, such as a handshake, was only a friendly gesture, did not necessarily mean the men and women were involved. Gradually, he improved his attitude and was able to accept a handshake with female. I believed in time, this issue could be rectified.

Entering puberty, sexual organ obvious development

After several months of treatment, patient reached the age of sixteen, puberty. At that time, his kidney function had been strengthened. He often had erection, resulting in a physiological need. His mother called and told me that she found him masturbating in the room. I thought that was actually a normal phenomenon as a way of venting his need. Nevertheless, in this regards, I had a discussion with him. I told him that masturbation was not a shame, however, there was a limit and he should not overdo it. Sometimes when too much semen was accumulated, it would be excreted in the dream, causing wet dreams. He was probably full of doubts about sex, he told me that when his penis was erected, it felt really bad, like it was about to burst. Sometimes he would even get up in the middle of the night to ask his mother what he should do. I explained to him that it was a phenomenon that indicated strengthened kidney function. I told him to take it easy, let it be or just masturbate to solve the problem. When I checked his sex organs again, I could see that his penis was a little longer and scrotal skin was firmer. His foreskin was too long and it was covering the urethra though so I suggested cutting the foreskin to avoid hard to clean hidden dirt. He took my advice and had his foreskin cut off afterwards. After the surgery, he did not take pain killers or antibiotics. He only took Chinese medicine. The wound hurt a little but there was no inflammation and it soon recovered.

After patient dropped out of school, he stayed home and self-studied. The subject for self-study was TV series. He sat at home all day watching and was learning and absorbing information like a sponge. As he learned, he became more and more enlightened. He became interested at everything and asked a lot of questions. Later on, he started reading and learning about translation work. Just like that, he continued self-studying for a year and at some point, tired of learning on his own, he longed to return to having a school life. So he started running around, looking for schools. One night, his mother saw him crying in his room. His mother asked him what happened and he told her that he felt ashamed because he had not accomplished anything that he should have at that age. His mother didn’t know what to say but consoled and encouraged him. I thought this indicated his cognition and emotions had improved a lot. When he had nothing better to do, he would go out and try to look for a job. He applied for a job at McDonald’s, but he was rejected. I believed that he would gain valuable life experience and learn interpersonal relationships if he could enter and be trained in the real world and society. Soon after, he was accepted at a night school. He started school life again and he loved learning. He even hired a tutor to teach him and there was big leap of improvement in his academics. In his finals he was ranked twelfth in his class and was promoted to grade 10.

Applied for ID, handled all by himself

Throughout the course of treatment, patient had many breakthrough changes, for example, before the treatment, he would need someone to accompany him when he went out. Now it is not necessary. He could take public transportation to go to places and back on his own. At the age of eighteen, he even called the Immigration Department to enquire about the procedures for applying identity cards. He followed the instructions and did it all by himself without getting help from his family. This showed great progress in his thinking and ability to handle matters. Patient had been suffering from eczema. It was mainly caused by too many toxins in the liver. His urine often appeared purplish red and dark brown in color. In the last year of treatment, there was still a lot of dead heart and liver tissue being discharged. At the same time, there was a lot of fat discharged from the liver. After taking Chinese medicine, his eczema condition improved, although still fluctuated. So he went on a strict diet and quit eating anything that could trigger the eczema. Later in the course of treatment, he gradually learned to accept the views of others and control his emotions. During the last two years of treatment, his temper had greatly improved and he seldom exhibited any violent tendency, even his stubborn eczema was completely cured.

This case of treatment lasted for about five years. Patient was treated between October 13, 2005 and September 4, 2010, a total of 239 visits. Due to financial difficulties of patient’s family, I treated him free of charge in the last three years. The patient was eager to learn and smart. It was unfortunate that he had suffered from Asperger’s, otherwise he could have attained good achievement. After he graduated from high school, he got a job and has been a baker for many years since. He is now independent and self-reliance. After he was cured of autism, his mother gave me this Chinese calligraphy that says “a withered wood met spring again”, I felt very pleased.

By Dr. Au Sik Kee

Dec 06, 2016

Medical record number: 051013

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