By Danisha Bogue, L.Ac. - May 6, 2024
Categories: General

Feeling like your brain is more Swiss cheese than supercomputer lately? Can’t remember where you parked your car (again) or the name of your best friend’s new puppy (is it Waffles or Snarffles?)? Fear not, forgetful comrade, for Traditional Chinese Medicine has some ancient wisdom that might just turn your memory sieve into a steel trap.

Western Medicine’s Take on Memory

Before we hop onto the Traditional Chinese Memory train, let’s make a quick pitstop in Western Medicine-ville. According to modern Western medicine, memory loss can be caused by various factors:

  • Aging: Ah, the unstoppable march of time. It’s like our brains are in a race, and Father Time is winning.
  • Stress and Anxiety: They’re like the villains in the memory saga, sneakily stealing your keys of recollection.
  • Poor Sleep: Your brain needs beauty sleep too, and when it doesn’t get it, memory pays the price.

Now enter Traditional Chinese Medicine

Imagine Traditional Chinese Medicine as your wise old friend who’s been around since, well, forever. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, memory is tied to the health of your Kidneys (see last month’s blog post) and Liver.

  • Kidneys: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Kidneys are the rockstars of memory. If they’re not in tip-top shape, your memory might resemble a sieve.
  • Liver: This isn’t just the place where your body processes last night’s margaritas; it’s crucial for the smooth flow of Qi (energy) and blood. Blockages? Say hello to memory hiccups.

Needles of Knowledge

So how do we get your Kidneys and Livers back up to snuff? A great first step is acupuncture! These teeny needles are amazing at getting your Qi flowing again. Think of it like giving your brain a power-wash, blasting away those memory cobwebs and letting the information flow freely.

Herbal Heroes

The second suggestion for improving your memory is to take advantage of plant allies! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ginseng, Goji Berries, and Ginkgo Biloba are the superheroes of cognition!


Think of Ginseng as your personal brain cheerleader. This ancient root isn’t just for vitality; it also contains compounds called ginsenosides that act like little energizers for your memory cells. Ginseng helps increase blood flow to the brain, providing those hard working neurons with the fuel they need to process information and make those connections stick.

Goji Berries

These vibrant little berries are bursting with antioxidants that protect your brain from free radicals – those pesky villains that damage your memory cells over time. Goji berries are also rich in B vitamins and certain amino acids, all essential for keeping your brain in tip-top shape.

Ginkgo Biloba

This ancient tree leaf extract has been used for centuries to combat forgetfulness. Ginkgo contains unique compounds called flavonoids and terpenoids that improve blood circulation to the brain and combat oxidative stress. This potent combo helps prevent damage to your memory-related brain areas, keeping your mental gears smooth and well-oiled.

But wait, there’s more!

Traditional Chinese Medicine isn’t just about needles and herbs. It’s all about holistic living, which means treating your brain (and body) like the precious things they are. Getting enough sleep, ditching the stress, and eating a rainbow of brain-boosting foods like leafy greens and fatty fish can work wonders for your memory.

  • Diet: Incorporate memory-loving foods like black sesame seeds, walnuts, fatty fish, and dark leafy greens into your diet.
  • Sleep: Getting enough sleep and ditching the stress can do a shocking amount of good for your brain!
  • Herbal infusions: Swap out that third cup of coffee for a cup of memory-enhancing team!

Be patient

If you’ve been neglecting your brain for most of your life, it’s going to take time to get it back into shape. But combining Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments with lifestyle tweaks can have you finally remembering where you parked the car in no time!