What is Hemoencephalography (HEG) Therapy?

What is HEG?

HEG or HemoEnelphaloGraphy is a training which helps increase the blood levels and blood oxygen. It helps in improving the metabolic capacity of many parts of the brain. The primary point of the training is the pre-frontal cortex which is the area behind the forehead and is known as the manager of the brain. The greatest advantage of HEG is that it does not measure electrical signals when compared to EEG training.

EEG training requires the electrodes or the sensors to be placed very close to the eye muscles which creates large electrical signals when the trainee blinks or moves his/her eyes. The amplifiers and/or the software of the EEG can’t tell the difference between the eye blinks and the brain signals and includes these eye blinks in the results also. These results are known as “artifacts” as they are not actually coming from the brain. These “artifacts” are hard to avoid especially when the electrodes are placed very near the front of the head.

Meanwhile, HEG training measures blood perfusion or oxygen levels and is not affected by any electrical activity. With HEG, you can blink and move as much as you want as it has no effects on the electrical signals. HEG is a helpful training method especially for those who have difficulty with planning, organizing, being attentive and have the desire to control their brain functioning. The human brain is rapider when the brain cells can get their blood supply easily and they have an abundant supply of oxygen and glucose in them.

EEG is a difficult process with learning about finding sites, placing the electrodes to get a good signal, assessments, different training options, etc. HEG, on the other hand, is a simple and an effective process. It is an excellent start for a beginner trainer or a great addition to the methods of an experienced EEG trainer.

HEG comprises of two methods, the pIR (Passive Infrared) or the nIR (Near Infrared). These systems are developed by Jeff Carmen and Hershel Toomim respectively. The pIR system measures the infrared temperature changes on the forehead and is mostly done at Fpz in the center of the forehead. The nIR is used to assess the degree of red blood at the surface of the brain. These methods are used in 2 or 3 different sites in a single training session.

The phrase “less is more” can also be used in HEG where training for too long periods of time can stress the forehead area and may result in different symptoms such as headaches, sleepiness, moodiness, etc. most of the time training sessions starts with around 10 minutes and work up towards around 30 minutes. The recommended amount of training for HEG is once every 4 days.

HEG is used when: 

HEG can be used with patients who have slow frontal activity or functional issues. It is also recommended to use this training method for impulse control, emotional issues, social issues, and distractibility.

Duration of HEG: 

Hershel Toomim suggests that undergoing 300 minutes of training without taking long breaks will show major changes when using nIR HEG.

Location and Length of Training:

HEG training is mostly limited to the forehead area where there is no hair or the hair is light-colored. Training sessions can be held once every four days. It is important not to undergo the training sessions for long periods of time. Many experts recommend beginning the training session for 10 minutes and slowly increasing the time to 30 minutes per session i.e. if the client can keep up with it.

The software in the training shows what the brain is doing. If someone who has showed continuous improvement in the training shows sign of decrease levels means their brain is tired and needs the rest. This is the point to pause or stop the training. Training too much or over training is the biggest problem faced with HEG.

Exercise Analogy: 

Aerobic exercise is popular among many individuals. The exercise is done to make the person’s heart and lungs work hard while the pulse rate is measured to make sure the individual is in the range. Most people don’t think about it, they just walk, jog or continue their exercise. If the exercise is done with consistency and with good intentions, then our body also changes and is able to maintain with your growing energy level.

The prefrontal cortex is important for the brain as the hearts and lungs are for the human body. The prefrontal cortex helps in screening the information that is transmitted to the brain as you focus on busy areas. It is responsible for processing complex thoughts and causing emotions. It sends messages to the frontal lobe to produce actions as well as speech and screens them before they are implemented. The prefrontal cortex organizes plans, creates, and controls emotions and behavior of a person. It is an essential part as it carries out executive function of the brain.

Those patients with damaged prefrontal cortex show puzzling changes in their behavior. Often their planning and organizing methods are disrupted because of the damage in their prefrontal cortex. Many research shows that those who are subjected to mental illness or sociopathic often have reduced prefrontal cortices.

– Bionic Hacker