Late summer is a time of transition. While the kids head back to school, many adults do as well. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of students over 25 who pursue higher education will increase over the next ten years. From online courses to professional certifications to doctoral programs, there are more and more options for adults looking to go back to school.
If it's been awhile since you've had to "hit the books," you may be wondering how eastern medicine can support your education journey. We developed one of our most popular sleep formulas, Mental Tranquility, off the classic Chinese herbal medicine formula, Gui Pi Tang. Our sleep formulas have benefits well beyond helping you sleep - in the case of Mental Tranquility, it boosts cognitive strength the following day, making one more mentally alert and sharp, in some cases aiding recall as well.
And don't just take our word for it. Many of our acupuncturist colleagues talk about using this formula while pursuing their degrees, particularly during test time, to help with recall and mental endurance. Need more insight on the why and how? Here are three reasons:
Three Ways Gui Pi Tang Can Help You Study (and Mentally Recall) Better
1. "Nourishes" the Blood
In Chinese herbal medicine, Gui Pi Tang is a blood mover: it helps support the blood and according to the Medical Formulas Gathered and Explained (Yi Fang Ji Jie), it is described as a formula that "conducts blood to the spleen." By moving the blood more efficiently, it helps get more blood flowing to the brain for optimal functioning and supports the spleen, which is responsible for creating new blood.
2. Combats Stress
In Chinese herbal medicine theory, the spleen and heart are injured by stress, too much worrying and overthinking, as well as by excessive or erratic dietary habits. Does this sound like every student you know? Late nights studying, eating fast food, or worrying about that upcoming test - stress takes its toll. Jill Blakeway, DACM, explains this powerful formula containing 15 herbs as containing: "qi and blood tonics to boost energy in combination with nourishing sedatives to calm the mind alongside herbs that support digestion, boost metabolism, and curb sugar cravings." When put in this way, it's easy to understand why this formula should be in every student's tool kit.
3. Promotes Better, More Restorative Sleep
Gui Pi Tang helps promote better sleep, which is vital for memory. Learning and memory are both greatly impacted by sleep quality and quantity. Research suggests that sleep helps learning and memory in two distinct ways. First, a sleep-deprived person cannot focus attention optimally and therefore cannot learn efficiently. Second, sleep itself has a role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information.
Because Gui Pi Tang helps promote balance, its effects on sleep can vary person to person. For some people, taking it an hour before bed will help them to wind down and turn inward for an easier time falling asleep. For others, this formula will help quiet the mind, enabling them to fall back asleep throughout the night. Regardless, incorporating Gui Pi Tang into a nightly routine will help promote better memory and better mental clarity through the day.
If you're looking to incorporate Gui Pi Tang into your own study habits this year, look no further than our Mental Tranquility formula. Chinese herbal medicine traditionally tastes terrible, or is consumed in pill form which can be inconvenient. DAO Labs has made this powerful formula accessible for any student by creating it in an effervescent powder that actually tastes delicious. We recommend consuming one dose about an hour before bed, and adding in a second dose during the day for extra mental clarity.