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Inspired Chinese Medicine Tips for Supporting & Healing Our Minds

Has the past year left you in a brain fog? If so, you’re not alone. The stressful and rapidly changing events of 2020 have been enough to put even the most level-headed and focused person into a state of stupor. 

Stress is normal. But over time, ongoing worry and confusion put a toll on the brain and nervous system. Even before the events of 2020, few of us regularly gave our brains the care, rest, and attention they needed. Now that we are managing a rapidly changing world (and in some cases a completely different lifestyle), our brains need a boost more than ever. 

Thankfully, better brain health is well within reach. Let’s learn some simple Chinese medicine tips that help us support and heal our most important resource: our minds!


Chinese Medicine Support for Stress, Sadness & Sleeplessness

When we think of the brain in Chinese medicine, we aren’t just talking about issues like memory loss, strokes, or learning difficulties. Other, more subtle issues and mental health struggles can also be signs that our brain health is suffering. 

If you resonated with some of the following, it’s time to start investing more time and energy into your brain:

  • You feel foggy-headed or unfocused for most of the day
  • You feel overwhelmed by stress, sadness, or worry
  • You are tired, but struggle to get to sleep at night 
  • You feel more emotional than usual and have trouble controlling them
  • You feel numb, “blah,” or uninterested in the things you used to enjoy
  • You are experiencing memory loss, forgetfulness, or confusion regularly 
  • You have noticed more headaches or dizziness


To combat these and other brain health issues, Chinese medicine recommends a holistic approach to healing the brain. The first step? Simple lifestyle changes:


Food for Thought
Diet is one of the easiest ways to revolutionize our health, but few people know what to eat to help their brains. Thankfully, a brain-health diet follows a gut-health diet. This is because gut health and brain health are intimately related. So much so that the gut is even called the “second brain!”

Even ancient Chinese herbalists knew the power that food had on the body. For those who are overwhelmed and weakened by stress, they recommended simple, nourishing foods like rice porridge to help the body bounce back and create more energy. They regularly used foods like walnuts, ginkgo, and reishi – all of which have now shown to have benefits on the brain. 

A diet that supports your brain consists of healthy vegetables and fruits, whole grains, healthy fats (specifically omega-3 fatty acids), and probiotics. Avoid red meat, processed foods, fried foods, and refined sugar. 


Sleep Smarter
Sleep is crucial for brain health, yet few of us get the sleep we need each night. During sleep, the brain solidifies memories, incorporates new skills and information, and restores its energy. Furthermore, a lack of sleep has been tied to cognitive decline issues such as depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

In Chinese medicine, sleep is needed for a healthy yin-yang balance. Chinese medicine practitioners recommend getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night and aiming for bedtime around 10 pm. This not only helps to keep the body in a natural circadian rhythm, but it ensures the brain is resting during the most optimal times based on the Chinese body clock. 


Meditate Like a Master
Stress, anger, and constant thinking wear the brain down. A simple, yet effective way to protect the brain daily is through meditation. Chinese medicine experts have recommended meditation for a range of health concerns for centuries, and now modern research is proving that meditation has a positive life-long effect on brain health. 


Chinese Herbal Remedies for Better Brain Health 

Along with the lifestyle tips above, Chinese herbal formulas can offer major support to the brain and nervous system. From unrelenting stress and anxiety to memory loss and focus issues, herbal medicine offers a natural solution to help you get to the heart of the issue. 


Bounce Back from Stress with Serene Spirit
Stress is a normal part of life, but that doesn’t mean we can’t outsmart stress. Serene Spirit is a helpful formula for those who need some soothing herbal support. If you regularly experience emotional outbursts, excessive worry, restless sleep, melancholy, or even PTSD, Serene Spirit can help your brain recover and restore. 


Restore Your Spark with Jiao Gu Lan
Cognitive decline takes many forms. It can be as simple as slight forgetfulness, or as severe as dementia or Alzheimer’s. To protect the brain and prevent these cognitive issues, consider adding Jiao Gu Lan tincture as a daily or weekly preventative. The focus herb, Gynostemma (Southern Ginseng), is known for reducing the negative effects of stress on the brain while also reducing common signs of aging. 


Get Out of the Fog with Bu Nao Pian
Bu nao pian is one of Chinese medicine’s herbal formulas that focuses directly on the brain. Its goal is to nourish the brain and mind to help improve poor memory, brain fog, concentration issues, low energy, and more. Bu nao pian also helps relieve symptoms like irritability, agitation, restlessness, and nightmares. 


Relieve Tension and Anxiety with Gui Pi Wan and Reishi Mushroom
When we’re over-stressed, the brain takes a hit. In Chinese medicine, the restlessness, insomnia, irritability, and anxiety that we often attribute to the brain in the West, is linked with the Heart and Spleen. Gui Pi Wan is a gentle formula that nourishes the Heart and Spleen to help relieve these symptoms and improve mental health. 

For those who feel overwhelmed by anxiety or worry (especially if it affects your sleep), Real Mushrooms Reishi capsules can help you find your calm. Reishi is loved and prized for its ability to calm the mind and heart while providing many other health benefits. 


Brighter Days Ahead with Chinese Herbs that Support Brain Health 

We may be living through challenging times, but with Chinese herbal medicine, we can look forward to brighter, clearer, more focused days ahead. Shop our brain and cognitive health remedies today and give your brain the care it deserves!

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About the Author

Kaitlan Downes, MSAOM, L.AC

Kaitlan Downes, MSAOM, L.AC

Kate Downes is a Chinese medicine practitioner with a passion for herbal medicine. In fact, it was her love for plant and earth medicine that first drew her to study Chinese medicine.

Kate has a MSAOM (Master of Science, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) certification and practiced acupuncture in Indianapolis, IN for five years before packing her bags to roam the world. In order to stay in touch with the wellness community and continue to help others thrive with herbal medicine, she transformed her work from face-to-face patient care to spreading wellness through words. Her life as a remote herbalist and writer has allowed her to work with a variety of wellness brands, health pioneers, and her wonderful clients. She has a special interest in working with women’s health.

Kate thoroughly enjoys writing educational and useful pieces for Best Chinese Medicine. Her goal is to help the public gain a better understanding of the wonders of Chinese herbal medicine so they can be empowered in their own quest for natural, vibrant health.

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