My mom had a stroke last year (she was 83 years old) when there was heat wave in her area. Her symptoms then included cognitive impairment (disorientation), slurred speech, and weakness of the right hand and right leg. I placed her on herbal and massage therapy in addition to her routine of prayers and a vegetarian diet. She has been taking my herbal formulas religiously and doing low-impact exercises every day for the past year. Now she is able to walk steadily on her feet, has remained very alert and coherent, and recovered a good appetite. The only thing that keeps her from a full recovery is that her right fingers have not regained full flexibility. For an 84 year old woman, I must say that she is doing exceptionally well.
People have asked what herbal formulas she has been taking and why. Here is the regimen and rationale:
1. Herbal therapy
When people have a stroke (cardio-vascular accident — CVA), their immunity is often compromised. It’s important to remove toxins and build up their immunity to prevent complications such as pneumonia, colds and flu.
This product strengthens her connective tissues, improves her mental clarity, and increases her energy.
I placed my mom on a partial weight management program because she did not want to take too many items (sounds familiar?). I was able to convince her to take the most essential item for her health condition.
I originally formulated Fitness Regular as a fat blocker. Over the past 15 years, my clients have reported the side benefits of balancing blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. It also improves blood circulation. My mom stated that she had never deviated from my instructions in taking this one.
2. Daily Exercise
My mom has been doing a form of low-impact exercise which is similar to Qi-Kong (Chi-Kong) – a Kung-Fu exercise to improve energy flow. She also massages her curled right fingers with her left hand. Right now her right fingers are not as curled as last year when the stroke first occurred.
Being a religious Buddhist, my mom’s daily routine includes prayers and chanting Buddhist Sutra.
4. Dietary habit
My mom is a vegetarian. Her diet is as healthy as it can get. My new suggestions included reducing the intake of sugar (sugary food), wheat (bread and pastries), and yeast (mushrooms).
When I flew up to see her last week, I was very pleased with I saw. Basically she is ambulatory and independent. I am very grateful that she was able to recover from the stroke to a great extent.