Jason May and son Sinclair at home in Dunedin. Photo by
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 did not expect it to be a ''magic wand'', but hoped
Sinclair would progress to sentences, rather than saying a
few single words.
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.
It would be carried out by Prof Sun Jie Guang.
Mr May could have taken Sinclair to Sydney for the therapy,
to a practitioner trained by Prof Sun, but preferred to see
the man himself.
Prof Sun trained as a doctor in Western medicine, before
studying traditional Chinese medicine. He developed tongue
acupuncture in the 1980s, finding more than 40 acupuncture
points on the tongue.
It had since been used for neurological, cardiovascular, and
endocrine diseases. Mr May hoped his story might inspire
other parents of children with developmental delay or
conditions such as autism and cerebral palsy to try the
Sinclair's chiropractor, Dr Tat Loo, was supportive of the
visit to Hong Kong.
Dr Loo said while he was not an expert in acupuncture, it
worked along similar lines as chiropractic treatment in
stimulating the nervous system.