I have been seeing a few patients now ranging from 3 to 61 with all types of speech problems including stuttering, apraxia, dysarthria, articulation disorders, fluency disorders, and voice disorders. Some patients have been seeing speech pathologists for years with no improvements. I usually come into the picture through personal recommendations from friends and family who already know me and I act as their main doctor. There are many possible causes of speech disorders including muscles weakness, brain injuries, degenerative diseases, autism, and hearing loss. Speech disorders can affect a person's self-esteem and their overall quality of life.
Speech pathologists and western medical interventions are useless and a waste of time as they do not know how to diagnose root cause. But I stand to be corrected.
From a TICM perspective, the Heart is the King of all organs, and if the King is in great shape, the others organs will naturally follow. The brain too is viewed as an organ in TICM. The Heart is internal organ that externally opens out into the tongue. The tongue is a reflection of the Heart especially the tip, just like in TICM we also believe, a persons face is a reflection of their Spirit. We can tell a lout from a persons face and tongue.
As Ibn Al-Qayyim beautifully says "a persons tongue can give you the taste of his Heart " and this is 100% true. This too confirms that speech problems are rooted in the Heart. So when a person who comes in with any type of speech impairment, as a TICM doctor, my job is to work out whether there is an excess or deficient problem with the Heart and then either tonify if there is a deficiency or reduce of there is excess.
From a TICM viewpoint, speech impairment can be solved and number of treatments required really does depend on the individual and how chronic the case may be. So for an autistic child who came to me, I diagnosed him as simply blockage to vital energy to brain affecting the Heart. The energy and Blood was blocked to the brain from immunisation as this does effect the brains functioning. As mum took action immediately, we were able to solve the issue within 3 sittings through acupuncture on the Heart channel. Remember in TICM, one show size does not fit all and we believe there are 6 types of autism so we need to make a differential diagnosis. Please look back at the previous posts on autism.
So for all those suffering from any speech difficulties, I would advise seeking treatment from your TCM doctor would be best option, if not only option.