Aging and Forgetful Mind? Tianma Improves Memory and Learning



Forgetfulness, and other signs of aging common in the elderly, can be attributed to imbalances caused by modern diets, leading to excessive wear on the kidneys and forgetful, “early aging” brains. Chinese medicine practitioners recommend a modest intake of tianma (天麻) to ameliorate hereditary kidney deficiencies as well as forgetfulness.

Zhouzong Han, physician at Li United Christian Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taipei, noted that Chinese medicine focuses on the impact of the kidneys and liver on brain function. Chinese medicine has long supported the appropriate use of traditional kidney tonics to support bone marrow strength, maintain brain function, and improve hearing, vision, language, and other brain functions.

Tianma can improve brain function and promote anti-aging for the brain through gastrodin, its primary bioactive compound.

Chinese medicine practitioners recommend consumption of tianma to treat forgetfulness and improve poor memory, which improves kidney function and increases the ability for nutrients to easily permeate the blood-brain barrier, to promote brain function and improve memory.

According to “Shen Nong’s Materia Medica” records, tianma is non-toxic and targets the liver as well as being an antispasmodic. Ancient Chinese medicine practitioners regarded tianma as a precious compound.

Modern medicine confirms and recommends the consumption of tianma due it its primary bioactive compound gastrodin, which has anti-convulsant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and blood pressure-lowering effects as well as positive impacts on sleep and circulation, which can reduce incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Source: Luo Huiwen for Chinese Health Network