Focus, motivation, learning, and memory
Our brain is like a virtual filing cabinet where the completed tasks, acquired information, and experiences are all processed and then stored - nothing is lost, instead just taking a little more effort to retrieve.
Clearly, it is important to maintain a healthy nervous system and good, sound brain function. A healthy brain and nervous system depends on the supply and flow of oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to all parts of the brain. A brain which is well supplied with nutrients and oxygen will not only work well, but will also play a part in mood, energy levels and motivation levels. Conversely, a healthy blood supply to the brain will also assist in the removal of carbon dioxide and other gaseous wastes.
The natural way
It stands to reason, therefore, that maintaining an adequate supply of blood to the brain will help to increase oxygen and nutrient supply and maintain a healthy balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the brain thereby maintaining healthy brain functions like concentration, attention span, mental alertness and memory. These are just a few of the many reasons why regular exercise, healthy diet, and sufficient sleep are all very important to enhance brain function and the nervous system.
Rather than treating problems in isolation, naturopaths prefer to take a holistic look at the individual and incorporate changes in a number of areas including diet, lifestyle, surroundings, and emotional elements - thereby supporting the health of the individual as a whole.
In addition, natural remedies have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to support the healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system, helping to maintain efficient concentration and memory functioning.
In more recent times, research has confirmed this traditional wisdom. There are now many published clinical studies demonstrating the ability of a range of herbs to support the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and maintain the healthy flow of oxygen and nutrient- rich blood to the brain and peripheries (Pointel JP, Boccalon H, Cloarec M, Ledevehat C, Joubert M. Angiology 1987;38[1 Pt 1]:46-50).