With a busy schedule it's easy to become forgetful, but who wants that. There are many things you can do to improve your memory, one of them being acupuncture and therefore acupressure too. Acupuncture has many protocols to help improve your memory as well as your ability to focus and think more clearly. It's obvious that acupuncture is usually effective because of its diagnostic process and its ability to be tailored to the specific imbalances of each individual.
But, they have now found that there are certain organ systems and meridians that tend to aid out ability to remember and our cognitive function. For example, the spleen affects short-term memory, concentration, and our ability to think analytically. The kidney is also responsible for short-term memory in addition to our ability to retain information. Our long-term memory and how quickly and efficiently we are able to access information stored in our brains are influenced by the heart. In traditional Chinese medicine theory, the shen (spirit) is what controls our consciousness, emotions, and cognition. Disturbing the shen could be related to symptoms such as insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, inability to focus, unclear thinking, poor memory, and forgetfulness.
Below are six acupuncture points to help improve your memory. Don't worry if you are unable to get an acupuncturist, applying pressure can also stimulate these points aside from needles. It is recommended to order these points from the bottom of your body moving upwards. To stimulate these points apply pressure on each side of your body for about 30 seconds each. This set of six acupuncture points can be done a couple times a day to improve your memory and help you think more clearly.
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Kidney 1 The kidney meridian stems from the bottom of your foot at kidney 1 and runs all the way along your body and terminates under the clavicle at kidney 27. This point isn't generally stimulated with needles, as it is far too sensitive. The best way to stimulate this point is by putting pressure on it as well as using things like moxa. Stimulating this point is beneficial because it floods the body with kidney energy that can aid in improving memory as well as hearing and strengthening bones.
Heart 7 The heart 7 is one of the most powerful acupuncture points. It is located on the wrist inside the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris. The heart meridian begins in your armpit and continues down the inside of your arm to the corner of the nail bed of your pinky finger. Stimulating this point is beneficial to improving sleep problems like insomnia in addition to helping with mental issues like anxiety and depression.
Lung 7 Lung 7 is another very powerful acupuncture point. It is located on the side of the wrist 1.5 cun from the crease of your wrist. A cun is the width of your thumb. Your cun is the measurement we use to find all the important anatomical locations on the body. The lung meridian stems from under your clavicle and runs down the inside of your arm ending at the nail bed of your thumb. Stimulating this point is beneficial for relieving headaches, toothaches, sore throat, asthma, and helping to release sadness and grief.
Pericardium 6 Pericardium 6 is located on the inner forearm. In traditional Chinese medicine, the pericardium is considered the protector of the heart. Therefore all points on the pericardium are considered to affect the heart. The pericardium is located between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi ulnaris, two of your thumb widths from the wrist crease. Make sure to apply pressure in between these tendons keeping in mind that some people's tendons are closer together than others. The pericardium meridian starts one-inch lateral to your nipple and travels down the center of the inside of the arm to the tip of your middle finger. Pericardium 6 is considered to have strong action against nausea. It also treats conditions of the heart like regulating the heart qi and calming the shen.
Si Shen Cong Si Shen Cong are a group of four acupuncture points on the top of your head. They belong to a bigger group of acupuncture points called extraordinary points. Du 20 is located at the center of this group. Each point is located one cun away from each other moving forward, back, left, and right from the Du 20. Si Shen Cong has strong effects on all aspects of the Shen. In addition, they are also used for headaches, vertigo, insomnia, epilepsy, and poor memory. They also help to calm the Shen and clear the mind. Keep in mind that these points may be a little sensitive and sore when you apply pressure.
Du 20 Du 20 is a very powerful point for the brain. It has a very strong raising function, making it good for the prolapse of organs and hemorrhoids. It also has a strong calming effect on the Shen. It can increase yang (fire energy) in the body or soothe it. Du 20 is located at the vertex of the head. The easiest way to access your Du 20 point is to fold over the ears back to front and from the top where they come to a point when you have folded them, connect that line to the top of your head, and that is where the Du 20 point is. The Du meridian stems from below the tip of your coccyx, in the middle of the tip of the coccyx and the anus, and runs up the midline of your body to the inside of your upper lip, where the frenulum joins the upper lip and gum.
Along with stimulating these points, it is crucial to eat a diet high in nutrients and minerals and get plenty of rest will help keep your brain healthy. The most important way to maintain a healthy mind is to keep your brain active and engaged. If this is not your cup of tea, you can also keep your mind sharp and memory strong by actives such as reading, doing crossword puzzles, and social interaction.
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