Languages heal the brain

I was delighted to see this article confirming that bilingualism aids in recovery from stroke, because it corresponds to my experience working with people recovering from concussions. Granted, concussions differ greatly from stroke, but both affect memory.

When I work with people recovering from concussions, I use a complex approach including herbs; shiatsu; specific acupoints for headaches, nausea, and other symptoms; and outgoing qigong, also known as qi projection. I often combine mental challenges with qi projection.

The client and I choose the mental challenge together, but it often involves language. Sometimes it’s rapid-fire transitions among languages, or telling a story – usually one that teases the memory in its own right, such as a minor  conversation from three days ago; or a description of a scene from a five days back that includes details about smells, sounds, textures, and colors as well as conversation – and translating the story into at least one other language. The qi projection makes it easier for the client to remember both the details of the story and recalcitrant words.

Since I am a linguist and a philologist as well as an herbalist  and shiatsu and qigong therapist, I particularly relish the opportunity to bring languages into healing. Fortunately, it turns out to be a very effective combination. In the future I may even combine language instruction with healing work.



Allergic to Your Friend’s Cat??

Yesterday, someone said to me, “Be sure to include the way you help with allergies on your website. You know, lots of people want to go over to their friends’ house for dinner, and you can really help them not have an allergic reaction.”

It’s true. If you have a mild to moderate histamine reaction to your friend’s house, I may well be able to help. For some people, it’s simply a matter of taping a seed to a particular acupoint and voilá! You can be in your friend’s house for a couple of hours without the usual discomfort.

For others, there may be an herbal tincture that you can take in advance, and again if you feel a symptom coming on. You may have to try a few herbs to find the one you respond to best, and you may have to experiment a bit to find the right amount of tincture for you. I can offer you guidance through this process.

If your allergies are severe, the best policy may still be to avoid your friend’s home, or to confine the cat or dog to a separate room and ask your friend to vacuum and use an air filter.

I can provide herbal consultations, shiatsu and Qi Gong treatments, and Qi Gong lessons to help you deal with the more severe allergic reactions as well, but if your reactions are severe, prevention will remain the best policy.

My services complement but do not replace your doctor’s medical care.