Chinese Medicine Director Recommends Brain Boosting Meals and Acupressure to Enhance Memory
The accelerated pace of modern life, increased work demands, and even brain fog from COVID-19, is causing many people to experience insomnia, headaches, dizziness, mental discomfort, memory loss, and other forms of neurasthenia. In an interview with The Epoch Times, Lee Si-yi, director of a Chinese Medicine Clinic she founded in Taiwan, said these and other symptoms can be relieved using acupressure and dietary therapy to nourish the kidneys and strengthen the brain.Lee shared the following food recipes and acupressure massages she said can help the body achieve balance and improve brain functioning. Brain Boosting Vegetable Salad Ingredients: cheese, avocado or sweet potatoes, lettuce, 10–20 small tomatoes, shredded carrots, broccoli, seasonal fresh vegetables, walnuts, cashews, and a few white sesame seeds. Directions. Boil the shredded carrots and broccoli and set aside to cool. Break the walnuts and cashews, and toast them in the oven with the sesame seeds, then set aside to cool. Put cheese, avocado or cooked sweet potatoes with a little salt into a juicer and make a sauce. Place all the ingredients on a plate and add the salad dressing you like. Carrots contain beta-carotene and Vitamin A, which are good for eye health. In particular, boiled carrots help the body absorb carotenoids better, which can brighten the eyes. As sweet and mild cashews enter the spleen and kidney meridians, they have the effect of strengthening the sperm and kidney. This also eliminates fatigue and enhances brain functioning for increased mental clarity. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, walnut is considered sweet and hot in nature. As walnuts enter the lungs and kidneys, they warm the lungs, tonify the kidneys, and improve the brain’s functioning. They also help in cleansing the bowels and soothing the intestines. Sesame seeds are rich in iron and help replenish calcium and boost brain health. Lee suggests this vegetable salad is very good for growing children. She also stressed the herbs used to nourish the kidneys all have a brain-boosting effect. Tianma Shudi Silkie Chicken Soup Ingredients: Silkie or Cage-free chicken, shiitake mushrooms,  7.4 grams wolfberries, 7.4 grams dry red dates, 11.2 grams tall gastrodiae (tianma), and 11.2 grams cooked adhesive Rehmannia root tuber (shudi). Directions: Stew the ingredients for 30 minutes then add the herbs and cook for an additional 20 minutes on low heat. Season to taste. The Chinese medicine department of Taiwan’s Kaohsiung United Hospital prescribes this soup. It is good for the liver and kidneys and helps prevent dementia. Please beware that children, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and people with sensitive skin should not take tall gastrodiae (tianma). Enhance Memory by Massaging 3 Acupuncture Points According to Lee and the theory of Chinese medicine meridians, memory can be enhanced by massaging the following three acupressure points displayed in the photos. Baihui Point Baihui point is located at the center of the line connecting the tips of the two ears, the top of the head right in the middle back about 1 thumb width. (Health 1+1 / The Epoch Times) The Baihui acupressure point is located at the top of the head, slightly behind the middle of the highest point. You can easily locate it at the intersection of the line connecting the tips of both ears and in straight alignment with the nose. Touch it; you’ll feel an indentation. Use the thumb to gently press this point 30 to 50 times a day, starting soon after breakfast. Regularly massaging this point has both a stimulating and calming effect on the brain. It is suitable for both adults and children over 1 year of age. Yongquan Point Yongquan point is located in the 1/3 point of the line connecting the second and third toe seam and the heel. (Health 1+1/The Epoch Times) The second acupressure point is located on the bottom of the foot, just in the palm. Massaging this point as often as you can plays an important role in the preservation of memory. Shen Men Point The Shen Men point is located on the palmar side of the wrist joint, in the radial recess of the ulnar carpal flexor tendon. (Health 1+1/The Epoch Times) The third acupressure point is located on the palmar side of the wrist joint, in the radial depression between the pisiform and ulnar bones. Use your knuckles with a bit of pressure to massage this point for 3 to 5 minutes. According to Lee, this third massage is beneficial for people who struggle with poor memory but also have insomnia. It’s a good idea to do this massage before going to bed to help calm your emotions and fall asleep quickly. “First improve the quality of your sleep and memory will naturally be improved,” said Lee.
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