This was Faith's first session of acupuncture today. It was the start of 100 sessions like this one. It was not easy to hold your three-year-old daughter down, for someone to insert a whole bunch of needles into her head, hands and feet. Our difficulty was not physical in nature, but emotional.
The mother of the child before ours could not help but cry herself, when her son was being treated. But when you are dealing with autism, you do whatever is takes to help your kid, even if you have to overcome your natural protective instincts as a parent.
Still, Faith did manage a smile, 30 minutes after the needles were inserted. Her sunniness shore through the ordeal. Note the needle still dangling from beneath her nose and above her upper lips. In fact, all of the needles had to be left inserted for about 30 to 45 minutes.
From my limited understanding of Chinese (my wife would probably be able to explain it better), the method used is known as Jinsanzhen (Jin's Three Needles), a method based on the Three Acupuncture Points Theory developed by Dr Jin Rui, Professor of the Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.