Dr. Cai’s Recipes for Mental Clarity

Brain fog is often a result of poor digestion and dampness obstructing the smooth flow  of Qi and blood to the brain. I have prepared some simple and tasty recipes that will help promote the free flow of Qi and Blood to nourish your brain, help lift the fog and improve your  memory and mental clarity.

Black Bean ‘Mental Clarity’ Soup

Brain fog is often accompanied by a feeling of heaviness, fatigue, water retention and difficulty in losing unwanted weight. If these symptoms are familiar to you, I recommend my Black Bean Mental Clarity Soup. This recipe makes two to three servings and you can have it at least 2-3 times a week along with your acupuncture and herbs.

Combine 2 oz. black beans with 2 oz. pearl barley and 7 lotus seeds in 4 cups of water.  Cook in a pot or slow cooker for up to 2 hours.  Add 7 prunes in the last 10 minutes for natural sweetness and to tonify your blood.  This soup can be served hot or cold.

Reishi Mushroom Memory Soup

Taken regularly this recipe will promote sleep, as well as tonify your yin and blood to increase memory and mental clarity.

Soak 1 oz. of white wood ear fungus for 30 minutes. Lightly rinse 1 oz. of Reishi Mushroom before combining with the wood ear in a pot or slow cooker with

4 cups of water. Cook for up to 2 hours then add 10 pieces of dry logan fruit, 5 dried dates, and 1 tablespoon of gou ji berries and cook for a further 30 minutes. (Makes two to three servings.)

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