To have a good memory, you don't need to be an elephant!

Have a good memory in chinese medicine

Being an elephant as a well-known cliché says, would help to have a good memory. But unfortunately we, who are not elephants, often forget things.

Without leading to serious pathologies, we simply sometimes forget things. Perhaps too loaded with the stress of every day, perhaps too much information passes into the brain and above all we are less and less focused on the concept of HERE AND NOW. We always live with our heads somewhere else and we cannot stay in the present moment.

According to TCM, the memory problem is the fault of three Zhang organs: Spleen (Yi), Heart (Shen) and Kidney (Zhi).

First of all we must distinguish between: short and long term memory and explicit memory and implicit (or procedural) memory

If you want to pass an exam, focus on the Spleen: it presides over the ability to concentrate and memorize which is useful in studying and learning.

If, on the other hand, you want to increase short-term memory, your attention must be on the Kidney who is responsible for storing recent events and “saving” them so that they can be converted into long-term memory.

When the energy of the kidney is insufficient, the ability to retain recent information in memory is reduced.

The Heart has a connection with the memorization of events from the distant past. This function of the Heart of calling to mind is called intellect (Ling Shu).

Yi and Zhi are connected to explicit memory (remembering words, events, episodes), Shen is mainly used for implicit memory (automatic actions, skills …)

Working too much, age, excessive activity, deplete the YIN of the Kidney, weakening mental power and memory.

Worries and the aptitude for brooding exhaust the energy of the Spleen and Heart.

More pregnancies create a deficiency of Xue (blood), especially of the Heart, with reduced capacity to nourish the brain with consequent forgetfulness.

Sadness also depletes the energy of the Heart and compromises its functions.

In Naturopathy how to help the memory

Avoid all foods rich in saturated fats and cholesterol (fatty meats, cheeses and products of animal origin in general)
Use green tea which is an antioxidant and helps keep the brain young.

Phosphorus is another fundamental element for our memory.

Banana is a recommended fruit as it contains magnesium. Unsaturated fats promote cognitive functions: the brain needs “good fats” such as fish, olive oil and dried fruits.

  • Indian Ginseng
  • Rosemary
  • Shankhpushpi
  • Rhodiola
  • Ginko
  • Australian Flowers and Bach Flowers