Chinese Herbs for Memory

improving-memory-with-ginko-biloba.jpgMemory loss can occur for a variety of reasons. A large percentage of adults experience memory loss due to stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and insufficient sleep. Short-term and long-term memory loss may also be caused by conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or neurodegenerative illness. Viral infections and medications might be behind your forgetfulness as well. Fortunately, holistic medicine offers natural methods of treating memory loss. 

How to treat memory loss

Supplementing your diet with herbs can combat memory loss by improving blood and oxygen flow to the brain and boosting energy levels. Different herbal treatments offer different benefits. 

Herbs that improve memory include:
Ginkgo biloba revitalizes and improves concentration by improving blood flow to the brain.
Hawthorn is an antioxidant that strengthens blood vessels and removes toxins.
Ginseng is an energy boosting herb which stimulates mental activity.
Rosemary enhances mental clarity and recall.
Gotu kola is a brain enhancer which promotes longevity.

Different types of memory loss

Memory difficulties may be indicated by symptoms like having trouble learning new things, repeating phrases in the same conversation and forgetting how to do things you’ve done many times before. The natural process of aging can affect memory by altering the manner in which information is stored in the brain, making it more difficult to recall information.
The herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine can sharpen mental awareness and learning ability. Some effective Chinese herbal formulas that can help improve memory include: Ren Shen Shou Wu Pian, Ge Jie Da Bu Wan and Gui Pi Wan.

Talk to a doctor of Chinese medicine to find out which treatment will best help the type of memory loss that you are experiencing.  

Studying herbal medicine

The Acupuncture and Massage College’s Oriental Medicine program includes classes in Chinese herbal medicine as well as advanced clinical training in medical herbalism. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Admissions Director Joe Calareso at (305) 595-9500.


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