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Memory Organ Connection

Several underlying causes can bring about memory problems. According to Western medicine, forgetfulness can arise from stress, depression, lack of sleep, thyroid problems, certain medicines, an unhealthy diet or not having enough fluids in your body. This can all be very well true. I have noticed that even my younger patients are complaining about poor memory or cognitive function. In TICM there are several factors that can contribute to the feeling of poor memory or forgetfulness. A healthy mind involves harmony between the Sea of Marrow, also known as the brain, and the Shen, which is the Spirit ruled by the Heart. Our memory is the most influenced by the Spleen, Kidney and Heart organ systems. If they are experiencing an imbalance or deficiency, it can very well spill over into brain dysfunction. Spleen: influences short-term memory, analytical thinking, studying, memorising, focusing, generating ideas and concentration. It is damaged by improper nutrition and over worry. The Chinese character for the mental aspect of the Spleen is "Yi" which can be translated to idea or intention.

Kidney: dictates short-term memory and retention, is damaged by fear and aging, which is essentially the loss of Jing, our essence which supplies the body with energy that oversees adrenals, hormone balance and genetics received from your conception.

Heart: is for long-term memory and recall, damaged by motional and chemical over-stimulation. Heart-Blood deficiency and Heart-Yin deficiency are a common cause of poor memory. TICM can greatly influence memory through balancing and nourishing the Heart, Kidney and Spleen systems. Leading a healthy life through proper nutrition, habits, toxin avoidance, spiritual harmony, acupuncture, Qigong, Salaah, movement, connection to nature, rest, community, and joy will help your memory. Herb wise, Rou Cong Rong (Herba Cistanches) commonly known as desert ginseng is one of the best pharmaceutical gifts of TICM according to PubMed 26973528, and one reason being its ability to strengthen cognitive function.

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