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Improve Focus and Boost Brain Power with Traditional Chinese Medicine

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As back-to-school time rolls around, both kids and parents need a boost in brain power to stay on top of busy schedules. This advice from traditional Chinese medicine can help clear your mind and improve focus.


Poor sleep, high stress levels, and chronic pain conditions can all contribute to that dreaded feeling of brain fog. As schedules ramp up in the fall, staying on top of everything becomes more important than ever. Here are some tips based on traditional Chinese medicine that can help you think and improve your focus.

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep

A common cause of impaired focus during the day is a lack of sleep or poor quality sleep at night. Traditional Chinese medicine offers a number of solutions for sleep problems, from lifestyle changes to acupuncture to cupping therapy.

Let go of vices like drinking and smoking

Alcohol and tobacco use can both contribute to memory problems and issues focusing. By eliminating these substances from your life, you can help your brain to refresh itself and recover. Struggling to kick the habit? Acupuncture has been shown to help with treating addiction.

Try acupuncture to help reduce stress and anxiety

Stress can be a huge contributor to memory and focus issues—it’s hard to stay concentrated on any one thing when you’re worried about a hundred. Luckily, stress is actually one of the things that acupuncture treats best. Patients commonly report leaving their acupuncture sessions with a deepened sense of relaxation and calm. For some natural at-home help with stress relief, take a look at our Stress and Anxiety Help Sheet, which contains information on acupressure points and other at-home exercises to treat stress and anxiety.

Use herbal therapy to support improved brain function

If you’re interested in an herbal remedy for your brain fog and memory problems, it’s a good idea to talk to a skilled herbalist. There are a number of different herbal formulas that treat different types of focus issues, so it’s important to get an assessment of what will work best for you. A TCM expert can help look at the overall pattern of your symptoms and devise a custom formula that addresses all the imbalances in your body.

Looking to strengthen memory or improve focus? Schedule an appointment with one of our licensed acupuncturists and start experiencing the powerful results of traditional Chinese medicine. Healing with Zen offers acupuncture, herbal therapy, cupping, nutritional counseling, and other holistic modalities.

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