Brain Fog: What It Is & How To Treat It Naturally

-by Jennifer Giustra-Kozek, LPC, NBCC


·         The Facts:

Brain fog is an experience that more and more of us are becoming far too familiar with. Unfortunately, western medicine often overlooks energetic imbalances in the body, so we need to turn to eastern medicine to understand and treat this condition.

·         Reflect On:

How often do you experience brain fog and what tends to trigger it? Rather than turning to stimulant medications, try any of the following eastern treatments first!

Brain fog is a state of mental confusion. Some find it difficult to think, concentrate, or find the right words to say. Some have trouble recalling facts, faces, or events. Brain fog can also make a person feel unmotivated, depressed, anxious and moody as well. Many individuals with brain fog are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Unfortunately, western medicine often overlooks energetic imbalances in the body. Our doctors will often put an individual on stimulant medication and send them on their way. With this approach, we are missing key opportunities to heal the body and beat brain fog naturally and effectively without potentially dangerous side-effects.

Eastern Medicine treats the body as a whole. No single organ can be understood except in relational to the whole person. It is the 2,500-year-old belief that the imbalance or blockage of Yin and Yang in the body leads to all disease. To maintain or restore balance – healthy food, acupuncture, moxibustion, homeopathy, Chinese herbal therapy and Reiki, is used to heal a person emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically.

Why Food Matters

For the body to be balanced and for the brain to work optimally, it must be harmonized and nourished. Eastern medicine practitioners understand the importance of nutrition, gut, and digestive health for a healthy mind.  Instead of focusing on the quantity of food and counting calories, the east focuses on the quality of the food, the flavour, temperature and how the food benefits the body. Understanding that food can be the most significant form of medicine or the most prominent type of poison, they emphasize the need to eat nutritionally dense food; free of processed salt, sugar, food additives and artificial chemicals.  Also, testing for food sensitivities, gut dysbiosis/yeast overgrowth and intestinal inflammation is essential, and they are often a culprit of brain fog and neurological dysfunction.

Acupuncture For Mental Health

To support proper neurological function, Chinese Medicine focuses on energetically balancing the five primary organ systems including the spleen, heart, lungs, liver and stomach to reduce systemic inflammation, help with the assimilation of nutrients, increase blood supply, and oxygenize blood to help the liver to store the blood to help send it into the brain.

Acupuncture has been treating and preventing illness and disease for over 2,000 years.  And many scientific studies demonstrate the benefits.  A study in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences demonstrated that acupuncture can reduce anxiety and insomnia. And, the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine reported that acupuncture also improves mental clarity and alertness.

There are no adverse side effects, and the needles are tiny and thin, causing little to no pain.

The basic theory of acupuncture starts with the meridian system and flow of energy (called Qi, pronounced “chee”) between organs and the blood. Acupuncture is used to regulate the functions of organs via the flow of energy and blood through the meridian system. The needles balance the blood flow between the right and left frontal lobes of the brain and help improve neurological functioning.

For mental clarity, memory, concentration, and alertness an acupuncturist may focus on the following points.  If an acupuncturist is not around, applying light pressure to these acupressure points can also assist as well:

Middle of a Person – between upper lip and nose

Sea of Tranquility – upper part of the ribcage between the breasts

Three-Point Mile – the outer edge of the leg

Bigger Rushing – on top of the foot

One Hundred Meeting – back of the top of the head

Sun Point – outside of the eyebrows

Top of Form

Gates of Consciousness – the base of the skull

Heavenly Pillar – below the base of the skull

Third Eye Point – between the eyebrows