Woo therapy for a chromosome defect. Plausibility of working? Nil.
Dunedin man Jason May is taking his son, Sinclair, to Hong Kong for a month to undergo tongue acupuncture from the man who pioneered the technique.
While he looks like a ”normal little boy”, an undiagnosed chromosome defect means the 6-year-old has delayed development. Sinclair can only say a few words, and Mr May hoped the therapy could stimulate energy points at the base of the tongue, on the underside.
He was able to comprehend when others spoke, but it was hoped the extent of his mental development would be clearer once his language improved. Even a small improvement would make a big difference, Mr May said.
The trip is planned for August, and would cost about $15,000, including the treatment.
The pair needed to stay reasonably close to the Hong Kong International Tongue Acupuncture Research Clinic, where Sinclair would receive the procedure three times a day, for about two or three minutes each time.
Prof Sun Jie Guang is the man behind the tongue acupuncture treatment which he developed in the 1980s. He’s a formerly trained doctor in Western medicine but changed to traditional Chinese medicine treatment at some point in his career.
Don’t know whether or not to be surprised by this but the boy’s chiropractor is supportive of the trip to Hong Kong and says acupuncture works in similar ways as the chiropractic treatment in stimulating the nervous system.
Wait, did they go to a chiropractor to treat a speech impediment? This is a pretty awful story…