This glossary is designed to explain some of the scientific terminology, abbreviations etc. used by some people when they talk about autism or research.
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Over time we hope to evaluate each of the interventions listed in this glossary, providing a ranking which tells you the level of scientific evidence which supports or does not support its use. For more information please see Treatments and Therapies for Autism Currently Under Scientific Evaluation by Research Autism
Therapy which involves inserting and manipulating needles into “acupuncture points” on the body.
The needles may be pulled in and out, or twisted around, before being left in place for 15-20 minutes. Sometimes low voltage electrical stimulation, heat or herbs are applied to assist the process.
Acupuncture is routinely used to treat a wide variety of conditions but especially musculoskeletal pain.
Some people believe that acupuncture can be used to help people with autism. For example, it has been claimed that tongue acupuncture can help aggressive and hyperactive children with autism feel more calm and relaxed.