What allows the brain to work quickly and efficiently is its energy supply. If this is impaired in any way, then the brain will go slow. Initially, the symptoms would be things like poor short term memory, difficulty learning new things, poor mental stamina and concentration, maybe difficulty finding the right word, but if symptoms progress, it can evolve into something more serious like dementia. In Chinese medicine, the Kidney produces marrow and the brain is the sea of marrow. Strong Kidney jing or (essence) is vital to the nourishment of the brain, memory, concentration and alertness. Kidney is also essential in helping the Heart house the (spirit) and maintain clear mental activity, consciousness, memory and thinking.
As always when dealing with any ongoing issue you want to address it form several aspects of your life. If this is more than just your typical lack of focus be sure to make an appointment to see your MD. Regular vigorous exercise and dietary changes can have dramatic affects, in addition Chinese herbs can be very helpful in this situation, when looking for a more modern day formula to tonify the Kidney and Heart, invigorate blood circulation to the head, and open orifices to improve alertness Look for a formula containing one or more of the following herbs:
Wu Wei Zi – tranquilize the shen (spirit) and prevent the leakage of Heart qi.
Suan Zao Ren – nourishes the heart yin and liver blood and clams the spirit, helps treat forgetfulness due to heart and spleen deficiencies.
Dang Gui -Tonifies and moves the blood, clearing a pathway to bring fresh oxygenated blood to the mind.
Yuan Zi – Which improves mental alertness which its aromatic dispelling functions that clears phlegm obstructing the orifices.
- Tonifies Heart and Kidney jing (essence)
- Bai Zi Ren (Semen Platycladi)
- Dan Shen (Radix et Rhizoma Salviae Miltiorrhizae)
- Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
- Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae)
- Fu Ling (Poria)
- Jie Geng (Radix Platycodonis)
- Mai Dong (Radix Ophiopogonis)
- Ren Shen (Radix et Rhizoma Ginseng)
- Shi Chang Pu (Rhizoma Acori Tatarinowii)
- Suan Zao Ren (Semen Ziziphi Spinosae)
- Tian Dong (Radix Asparagi)
- Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis)
- Xuan Shen (Radix Scrophulariae)
- Yin Xing Ye (Folium Ginkgo)
- Yuan Zhi (Radix Polygalae)
- 3-4 capsules 3 times a day for an average adult (18-60 years of age, approximately 150 lbs). This standard dosage may be increased or decreased depending on the patient’s individual factors, such as age, body weight, type of illness and severity.
- Serve with warm water on an empty stomach, 2-3 hours apart from your prescription medication or other supplements. Do not take with tea, coffee, juice, soda or any other beverages.