Finding Focus with Acupuncture
Do you suffer from Brain Fog?
Brain fog can often manifest as feeling spacey, having difficulty recalling memories or coming up with new ideas, forgetfulness, lack of focus, excessive worrying, or obsessive thinking taking the place of orderly thoughts.
Studies have shown that acupuncture has a positive effect on cognitive impairment in the areas of visual memory, visual attention, visual perception, receptive language, word fluency, verbal learning, verbal memory, and short-term memory.
Resting state fMRI and cognitive assessments concluded that acupuncture is effective in increasing connectivity between multiple brain regions and therefore can improve cognitive functions.
In Chinese medicine, brain fog is commonly associated with a disharmony of the spleen, which prevents pure and clear energy from rising to our head to nourish the brain and spirit. This is often due to inadequate sleep or poor diet (too much sugar, dairy, wheat, or fried foods).
One of my favorite acupuncture points for brain fog is Du20 at the vertex or top of the head. This point raises clear energy to the brain, sharpens memory, calms the spirit, and benefits the sensory organs. You can find this point by tracing a line from the tops of your ears upward to the crown of your head. Gentle pressure on this point will activate it and stimulate positive cognition.
Charlotte Morgan, L.Ac.