Patient Case Studies

Interim Report #2
(28 Patients)
Second Efficacy Trial on
Standardized TCM Formula for ADHD/ASD

November 15th , 2023

Severity of ADHD/ASD Reduced After 3-Month Treatment

Please refer to the appendix for a description of each assessment (SKATBT-A3, ATEC, VADRS) and Parent Impression

Average Score Change of ADHD/ASD After 3-Month Treatment

Please refer to the appendix for a description of each assessment (SKATBT-A3, ATEC, VADRS) and Parent Impression

Parents’ Impression of Improvement After 3-Month Treatment

Average Improvement Percentage of ADHD/ASD After 3-Month Treatment

Please refer to the appendix for a description of each assessment (SKATBT-A3, ATEC, VADRS) and Parent Impression

Treatment Highlights

6-year-old boy, ASD

Prior to the treatment, the patient would only respond to his mother and ignored everyone else, including his own father. He came across as sluggish, lacking joy and interest. He also appeared physically weak, was often slow on his feet and seldom picked up the pace to a run. 


After the treatment, things started to change and his world began to open up. He became more interactive with other children and more aware of his surroundings and other people. He began to recognize his father, who he previously seemed to consider a stranger in their home. He shows his father affection now and calls him “Papa.” Interestingly, he has started to ask his father for things that he wants, instead of always asking his mother. The park has become a place where he now runs freely and plays with other children. Overall, he appears happier and more confident now.


All these years, my son never showed empathy or cared for me. One day after the treatment, he brought me an extra blanket to keep warm while I was resting. For the first time, he showed that he cared. 


– Mother of the 6-year-old boy

10-year-old boy, ASD

In the past, the patient often hurt himself, ending up with bruises all over his body. He looked unhappy and was seemingly in despair all the time. His teachers at school became so concerned that they started to question if he was exposed to domestic violence. His daily life was bound by a rigid routine; any deviations from the routine suggested by his parents would trigger a temper tantrum.Now, the patient has stopped hurting himself. His attitude has also changed, often glowing with joy and positivity. He has become more open and understanding to change and copes well with deviations to his daily routine.

My child used to live in his own world unaware of his surroundings, with sudden eruptions of temper. Post-treatment, we feel like we can finally connect with him on a personal level. When I have a conversation with him, I no longer feel like I’m just talking to myself (his mother shed happy tears as she described the situation) 


 – Mother of the 10-year-old boy

8-year-old boy, ADHD & ASD

In the past, the patient suffered from constipation and was unable to sleep through the night. He would get up in the middle of the night, waking everyone up and causing disturbance at home. He seemed unaware of potential danger, which kept his parents on constant alert, worrying he would accidentally hurt himself. His awareness of his environment was so limited that he did not even seem to notice major changes in the weather.After the treatment, the patient’s transformation has been remarkable. His bowel movement have become more regular, and he is no longer constipated. His sleep quality has improved significantly as he is now able to sleep peacefully through the night. This has given his parents tremendous relief, allowing them both to get more rest and sleep. He has also become more aware of his surroundings. For example, he is now able to let his mother know when it is raining outside, a simple observation that marks a significant improvement in his perception of his environment.

My son could never sleep well at night. He was always messing around in the middle of the night, every night! Soo after he started the treatment, he was able to sleep peacefully through the night! We can finally sleep well too!


– Mother of the 8-year-old boy

9-year-old boy, ASD

The patient previously had significant cognitive and physical limitations. Even saying something as simple as “mama” was muddled and unclear, as if it was lost in translation. He did not understand the value of paper money and would tear money into pieces.After the treatment, he transformed remarkable and his cognitive function improved significantly. He is now aware of the value of money so he does not tear it up anymore. He has also started to take care of himself and now able to wear socks and shoes on his own. With an expanded vocabulary, he is very eager and enthusiastic to learn more.In addition, his physical stamina has experienced a significant boost; he now appears more energetic and walks at a faster pace. His oral muscles have also strengthened, which allows him to eat better, Perhaps the most touching of all, he is now able to clearly articulate the word “mama” which brought his mother to tears of joy after having gone through all the struggles. These developments are a testament to his overall improved health and are promising steps in his continued progress.

I never thought my son’s condition could improve, but in only a week he did, I see HOPE!


– Mother of the 9-year-old boy

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Sik-Kee Au TCM Brain Theory® for ADHD/ASD Assessment (SKATBT-A3

SKATBT-A3 is a 48-item questionnaire developed by Regencell, designed to assess patients’ conditions that are commonly observed by the TCM Practitioner. Items assessed are indications of patients’ overall body and neurological conditions based on the TCM Practitioner’s brain theory and his 30 years of experience in treating ADHD and ASD patients. SKATBT-A3 has a total score ranging from 0 to 122, the higher the score, the more problematic the symptoms. The severity of the patient’s condition is categorized into three groups of equal total score range: mild (total score 0-40), moderate (total score 41-80), and severe (total score ≥81);

Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC)

ATEC is a globally recognized questionnaire designed by Dr. Stephen M. Edelson and Dr. Bernard Rimland of the Autism Research Institute (ARI). It covers 77 items that are grouped into 4 subtests: (I) Speech/Language/Communication, (II) Sociability, (III) Sensory/ Cognitive Awareness, and (IV) Health/Physical/Behavior. The total score ranges from 0 to 179 and is calculated by summing the scores of each of the 4 subtests. The higher the score, the greater the disability. ASD severity is divided into three groups based on the ATEC total score: mild (total score 0-50), moderate (total score 51-79), and severe (total score ≥80);

Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale (VADRS)

VADRS is a globally recognized questionnaire developed by Dr. Mark L. Wolraich and colleagues and was published in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ). It was designed to capture standardized ADHD symptom information from parents reporting on children’s behaviors. It is a 47-question; rated on a 4-point scale (0 to 3) that indicates how frequently each ADHD symptom occurs. ADHD severity is divided into three groups of equal score range based on VADRS total score: mild (total score 0-46), moderate (total score 47-93), and severe (total score ≥94);

Parents’ Impression 

Parent’s impression of their child’s overall improvement is vital since parents spend their most intimate time with their child. The parents are the ones to take care, nurture, educate and provide for the child, so it is essential to account for the parents’ observation and impression of the treatment. In addition to observing the symptomatic changes, parents are more sensitive to the behavioral and sociability changes that may be nuanced or even unnoticeable to a clinical therapist or physician. It also accounts for their perspectives of their child’s development: ability to learn, to be independent and seeing how their child improves after the treatment period. Sometimes even a subtle yet sudden change can be a significant improvement or breakthrough for the parent and their family. Their impression is expressed in a percentage of confidence they have in the effectiveness of the treatment.