6 Recipes for Brain Fog, Memory Loss, and Dementia

6 Recipes for Brain Fog, Memory Loss, and Dementia

A guide (pdf) published by the Center for Memory and Aging at the Weill Institute for Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco says that short-term recall and the formation of new memories are some of the functions affected during the initial stage of dementia.

Dementia is a general term for impaired memory or cognitive abilities and daily functioning, such as communicating, walking, and navigating.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, insufficient blood supply to the brain causes degeneration and forgetfulness. Brain fluid stasis, chronic inflammation, and amyloidosis can impair brain function and the ability to remember.

Dr. Wu Kuo-Pin recommends the following recipes to alleviate the above symptoms.

Food Therapy Recipe #1

Congee with Thinleaf Milkweed Root and Lotus

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Ingredients: 30 grams (2 tablespoons) of thin-leaved milkwort root, 15 grams (1 tablespoon) of lotus seeds, 50 grams (3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon) of rice grains

Functions: replenishing, uplifting and stimulating the heart and mind.

This recipe is suitable for anyone with the following:

– forgetfulness due to deficiency in the heart and spleen
– insomnia
– mental exhaustion
– palpitations
– pale tongue
– weak pulse

In traditional Chinese medicine, this group of patients suffers from weakness in the heart and spleen. In modern Western medicine, this recipe is suitable for patients suffering from brain fog as a primary symptom due to neurasthenia, chronic fatigue syndrome or menopause.

Addresses:
Soak slender-leaf milkweed root to remove the skin and allow to dry.
Grind the slender-leaf milkweed root and lotus seeds to a fine powder and set aside.
Add water to rice and boil to a porridge consistency.
Add the ground thin-leaf milkwort root and lotus seeds.
Heat until it starts to boil.
Attend.

Purpose of the formula: Fine-leaf milkweed root calms the heart, calms the nerves, clears phlegm, and clears and calms the mind. Lotus seed stimulates the kidneys, improves sleep, nourishes the heart, and strengthens the spleen. Rice grain replenishes and strengthens the spleen and stomach. The combination of ingredients replenishes the body and stimulates the heart and mind.

Grades:
Thin-leaf milkweed root has a bitter taste and should not be cooked for a long time.
To achieve the best results, it is recommended to consume the congee regularly over a period of time.
It is not suitable for patients with ulcer disease or gastritis.

Food Therapy Recipe #2

Calamus, Fine-Leaf Milkweed Root, and Poria Tea

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Ingredients: 3 grams (1/2 teaspoon) stone calamus, 3 grams (1/2 teaspoon) Peoria powder, 3 grams (1/2 teaspoon) thin leaf milkweed root (yuanzhi), and meat.

Functions:
Unblock and calm the mind; strengthens the spleen and promotes diuresis; suitable for brain fog and insomnia due to cloudy phlegm; forgot; Insomnia; dizziness; chest tightness; nausea; vomiting; white and greasy tongue; and rapid pulse

In traditional Chinese medicine, patients in this category often have cloudy phlegm. In modern Western medicine, these patients have insomnia mainly caused by neurasthenia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or perimenopause or menopause.

Addresses:
Mix equal parts powdered calamus, poria, and thin-leaved milkwort root.
Bring the water to a boil and add the powders.
Stir well and strain the tea if necessary.
Drink twice a day on an empty stomach.

Purpose of the formula: Calamus clears the mind, removes dampness and soothes an upset stomach. Poria facilitates water filtration and diuresis, strengthens the spleen, calms the mind, removes phlegm, and clears the mind.

Grades:
Thin-leaf milkweed root has a bitter taste and should not be cooked for a long time.
To achieve the best results, it is recommended to consume the congee regularly over a period of time.
It is not suitable for patients with ulcer disease or gastritis.

Food Therapy Recipe #3

stimulating tea for the spleen and brain

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Ingredients: 15 grams (1 tablespoon) of Dangshen (Codonopsis Radix)15 grams (1 tablespoon) dried Chinese yam, 15 grams (1 tablespoon) yellow essence (polygonal rhizome), 10 grams (2 teaspoons) of Yi Zhi Ren (Alpinia Oxyphylla seeds) and 10 grams (2 teaspoons) of Calamus.

Functions: Dangshen (Codonopsis Radix) nourishes the blood and is used as the main ingredient to strengthen the spleen and replenish blood. Dried Chinese yam is good for the spleen, lungs, and kidneys. Yellow Essence (polygonal rhizome) nourishes the kidneys and lungs and replenishes the spleen. Yi Zhi Ren warms the kidneys and spleen and reduces saliva production. Calamus reduces phlegm and invigorates the brain.

Purpose of the formula:
This tea is formulated for spleen and kidney deficiency and to invigorate the brain. Traditional Chinese medicine uses it to treat symptoms such as slowness, memory loss, and agnosia. These patients may also have other symptoms, such as muscle atrophy, shortness of breath, increased saliva production, a pale tongue, or a weak pulse.

Addresses:
Make two separate servings.

First tea: Add the ingredients to a pot of water and boil for 40 minutes.
Sift the tea into a cup.

Second Tea: Add water to the sifted ingredients from making the first tea and boil for another 40 minutes.
Sift and serve.

Take twice a day for 1 to 3 months.

Note:
For patients who feel restless at night, add 15 grams (1 tablespoon) of longan, 15 grams (1 tablespoon) of sour jujube, and 15 grams (1 tablespoon) of dates.

Food Therapy Recipe #4

Qi and Blood Enhancer Tea

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Ingredients: American ginseng, red arrow or gastrodia (potato orchids) and red sage.

Functions: promotes blood circulation. This tea is useful for brain fog or dementia, according to traditional Chinese medicine. Symptoms include fatigue, slurred speech, forgetfulness, a dark colored tongue, or petechiae. In modern Western medicine, it is used for cerebrovascular dementia, cerebral atrophy, and cerebral amyloid angiopathy.

Purpose of the formula:
American ginseng replenishes and strengthens the body and calms the mind. Gastrodia (Rhizoma gastrodiae/Tianma) soothes and rebalances the liver qi (vital energy of the body). Red Sage revitalizes the blood, cools it and cures carbuncles.

Addresses:
Grind the three ingredients into a powder and put them in a jar.
Put 3 grams (1/2 teaspoon) in a cup and add boiling water.
Drink it three times a day.

Food Therapy Recipe #5

Pork Kidney Soup with Walnuts and Black Beans

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Ingredients: 60 grams (4 tablespoons) of plain walnut, 90 grams (6 tablespoons) of black beans and a pork kidney.

Functions: Walnuts replenish kidney Qi, nourish the intestines and improve bowel movement. Black beans strengthen the kidneys. Pork kidney strengthens the kidneys.

Purpose of the formula:
Traditionally, this formula is made for kidney deficiency and dementia. Other symptoms include dizziness, tinnitus, memory loss and inability to count, drowsiness, slowness, back pain and lower extremity pain, difficulty walking, pale tongue and weak pulse.

They are equivalent to senile dementia, cerebrovascular dementia, and atrophy in modern western medicine. It is also beneficial for senile dementia patients with constipation.

Addresses:
Clean the kidney well and cut it into slices.
Put all the ingredients in a pot with water. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to low, and simmer for an hour.
Season the soup to taste before serving.

Note:
For best results, consume the soup 2-3 times a week for a period of time.

Food Therapy Recipe #6

Essence and Memory Enhancer Tea

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Ingredients: 30 grams (2 tablespoons) of prepared Rehmannia root (Shu Di Huang), 15 grams (1 tablespoon) of prepared Fleeceflower root, 15 grams (1 tablespoon) of Yurong (Cistanches Herba), and 15 grams (1 tablespoon) of berries of Goji.

Purpose of the formula:
Traditionally, this formula is made for dementia. Other symptoms include premature graying, early tooth decay, memory loss, dizziness, tinnitus, pain and weakness in the lower extremities.

In modern Western medicine, this tea is good for senile dementia, cerebrovascular demerit, and brain atrophy.

Functions: Prepared Rehmannia Root nourishes the blood. Prepared fleeceflower root tones the liver and kidneys, stimulates the blood and refreshes. Yurong nourishes the kidneys. Goji berry nourishes the kidneys and liver, replenishes the blood and increases visual clarity.

This tea is an essential formula to replenish and balance the kidneys, liver, and cure brain deficiency.

Addresses:
Combine the ingredients and add 250 ml (1 cup) of water.
Boil for one hour.
Strain the tea and serve hot.
Use the previously sifted ingredients to make a second cup by adding 250 mL (1 cup) of water.
Boil for one hour.
Strain the tea and serve hot.
Drink 2 cups of tea daily for 1 to 3 months to improve memory.

Grades:
Do not confuse raw Fleeceflower root with prepared Fleeceflower root (Multi-Flower Knot). Raw Fleeceflower root moistens the intestines and opens the intestines, while prepared Fleeceflower root nourishes the kidneys. EITHEROnly the prepared fleeceflower root is used in this tea.

For best results, drink the tea consistently over time as recommended. Not suitable for spleen or stomach Qi deficiency or bowel movement problems.

Consult a local TCM doctor if you need further advice.

Pin by Wu Kuo

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Wu Kuo-pin is the superintendent of the Taiwan Xinyitang Heart Clinic. In 2008, he began studying traditional Chinese medicine and obtained a bachelor’s degree from China Medical University in Taiwan.

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