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This formula is based on modern Chinese herb therapies for mental disorders that often appear with aging. It is not uncommon for persons of advanced age to experience depression, difficulty with mental focus, and problems with memory or changes in behavior. Some of these conditions may occur in the early stage of Alzheimer\'s disease, but they can also occur because of poor circulation to the brain or other problems of aging, and may be more common in persons with a history of smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, or diabetes. From the Chinese medical perspective, the age-related disorders can arise from deficiency syndromes or from stagnation and accumulation syndromes: Bamboo 11 is aimed at treating stagnation of phlegm. Most of the treatments for such problems include the herb pair acorus and polygala. Other herbs for clearing phlegm for such applications are bamboo, pinellia, citrus, and curcuma. It has become a common practice to take supplements with ginkgo leaf extract in an attempt to improve circulation to the brain, but the problem of "phlegm" accumulation appears increasingly important, especially with the high rates of obesity, lung disorders, and other conditions that indicate an excess of phlegm. In such cases, the tonic formulations, with focus on nourishing the kidney, liver, and heart using moist herbs, may be less suitable as therapies despite their frequent mention in the Chinese tradition, where much of the population was thin and suffering from nutritional deficiencies rather than dietary excess.