Memory Loss

What is Memory Loss?
There are times when someone has forgotten where he has put his keys, the name of a person she just met, or some other small piece of information. Often, this is just a simple lapse in memory of no particular significance, but if one finds this to be a pattern that grows increasingly more apparent as they get older, it may be a more problematic condition of memory loss. A person’s memory requires the proper functioning of millions of neurons, but as aging causes neuron loss, there may be a deterioration of memory. Memory loss can get progressively worse, and it can even be a result of something other than aging, where neurons are damaged and the person forgets how to perform already mastered tasks or can’t learn new things. Memory loss can be caused by depression, dementia, drug use, stroke, trauma, alcoholism, and neurodegenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

How can I treat Memory Loss?
Traditional Chinese medicine treats memory loss by restoring the kidney essence and ensuring that the digestive system is providing proper nourishment to the brain. This treatment centers on acupuncture and herbal therapy but also includes eating a balanced diet rich in essential amino acids and omega oils, including yams, squash, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, pearl barley, oats, black beans, black sesame seeds, walnuts, and deep ocean fish. Other remedies include drinking green tea daily, incorporating mind-stimulating games such as puzzles into a daily routine, and practicing cardiovascular exercise and qi gong on a regular basis.

What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Memory Loss?
It is important to avoid eating foods that stall the energy at the center of the body and deprive the brain of nutrients, including fried foods, processed foods, dairy products, carbonated beverages, and chocolate. Other things to avoid include caffeine, alcohol, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and medications such as Benadryl and Tylenol PM.

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