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Do you ever feel like you’re going through life in a clouded haze?

Maybe it’s hard to concentrate, you forget things and even doing the smallest task feels impossible?

Having brain fog once in a while is normal.

But if you regularly have mental fatigue or struggle with issues like chronic fatigue syndrome, it’s time to address the underlying causes.

Thankfully, there are many natural remedies for brain fog that can help you clear the haze and sharpen your brain health.

In our fall newsletter, we’re helping you regain your mental clarity with therapies like Chinese herbs, acupuncture and diet tips.

Read on to learn how you can use Chinese medicine to re-energize for fall!

Chinese Medicine for Energy

As nature slows down in fall, it’s natural for your body to shift into a quieter period, too.

Getting more rest, reducing the intensity of your workouts and feeling more introspective are all part of adjusting to the new energy of fall.

Despite the shifts in the season, you should still feel alert and energized to take on the day. But if you constantly feel exhausted, drained or foggy-headed, that’s a signal that something deeper is going on and you need to build up your energy.

Thankfully, Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for thousands of years to restore healthy energy levels, vitality and overall well-being. In fact, a natural boost in energy and better mental clarity are common “side effects” of taking Chinese herbs!

To clear up autumn brain fog and embrace the season feeling energized, we’re sharing our go-to Chinese medicine herbs and tips on the blog.

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Healing at Home

Acupuncture for Brain Fog: 3 Points to Clear the Fog and Restore Your Focus

Need to feel focused fast? Acupressure can help! Certain acupuncture points are known natural remedies for brain fog.They bring circulation to the brain, sharpen your focus and even alleviate other symptoms of overwork like eye strain, headaches and fatigue.

For the best results, get up and stretch, drink a glass of water, and take a few deep breaths after your acupressure session to fully clear away brain fog.

Si Shen Cong

Si Shen Cong is a unique acupuncture “point” because it is actually four points in one! These four points on the top of the head all help to stimulate the brain and bring circulation to the head. Use this point if you feel tired, are having trouble concentrating or need a quick boost of mental energy to work through a challenge.

Find these four points at the top of the head, about one inch in front of, behind, to the left and to the right of the point Du-20 at the vertex (the very center of the top of the head). Lightly tap these points with your fingers for 60-90 seconds.

Liver 3

If stress is contributing to your lack of focus and brain fog, try Liver 3. This point is one of the best known acupuncture points for relieving stress and improving mood and focus. It can also clear headaches, menstrual cramps and indigestion.

Liver 3 is located on the top of the foot, in the tender spot above where the first two metatarsals (long foot bones) meet. Press for 20 seconds. Release and repeat for 3 minutes for a stress-relieving, focus-boosting break.

Urinary Bladder 2

Urinary Bladder 2 is a great point for clearing stagnation in the eyes or forehead that makes your eyes feel tired and your head feel clouded. It is located at the start of your eyebrow, just above the inner canthus of your eye. When pressing, if you feel a small divot in the skull, that’s your point! Press here for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat for 60-90 seconds.

Herbal Spotlight: Huang Qi & Reishi

You’ve probably heard the buzzword adaptogen. But did you know that some of these stress-fighting herbs are also natural remedies for brain fog?

Two of our favorite adaptogenic, brain fog-fighting herbs are Astragalus (Huang Qi) and Reishi (Ling Zhi). Let’s get to know them…


Astragalus, or Huang Qi, is a dried root that is best known to boost energy, enhance immunity, improve memory and improve brain function. It is often used in teas and decoctions as an overall wellness tonic.


Reishi, or Ling Zhi, is a polypore fungus that has a wide range of uses, from relieving anxiety to boosting immunity to helping reduce the side effects of cancer. With daily use, it can help improve your cognitive functions, boost energy and promote wellbeing.

Get the benefits of both these adaptogenic herbs with our Reishi and Astragalus Chai Tea. While we designed this tea to help athletes power through their daily training, it offers a potent energy boost and natural remedy for brain fog for anyone.

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Plum Dragon’s Herbal Kitchen

Herbal Broth for Mental Energy & Clarity

Let’s cook up some brain food! With the right ingredients and healing herbs, you can create a natural remedy for brain fog in your own kitchen. This recipe for herbal broth contains delicious ingredients that also have powerful medicinal functions to improve brain cell function and eliminate that foggy-headed feeling. As a bonus, it also helps support your immune system – a welcome benefit during cold and flu season.

Use this broth in place of stock or water to make soup, porridge, rice or stews to infuse your meals with brain-boosting medicine.


Rinse the herbs and place everything but the rosemary and ginger in a large stock pot.

Add 8-10 cups of water to the pot and simmer over low-medium heat for 2-3 hours. Alternatively, you can cook on low in a slow cooker overnight.

Place the rosemary into your infused broth and cook for another 10 minutes.

Strain the broth and portion into airtight containers. Store in the fridge and use within one week or freeze to keep longer.

Tip: Add cooled broth to an ice cube tray, then store the cubes in a bag in your freezer to use as needed throughout the season!

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Meet the Author

Kate Downes is a Chinese medicine practitioner (MSAOM, NCCAOM, Dipl.OM) and wellness writer. Through her educational content for Plum Dragon Herbs, Kate hopes to help others gain a better understanding of the wonders of Chinese herbal medicine so they can be empowered in their own quest for natural, vibrant health.

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