It seems like every few months there is a new diet that is the solve all to the weight loss conundrum. While the diet will work for some, it will not work for everyone. Think about the number of fad diets that have come and gone in the past decade, unfortunately, the results are the same you lose the weight and then it returns, sometimes the weight gain is more then you lost. Why? Simple, a diet is not the answer you need. When a person becomes serious about losing weight it’s a lifestyle change, not just another diet. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is where that lifestyle change can begin. With TCM the weight can come off and stay off.
In TCM, excess weight is due to an imbalance with the liver and spleen organ systems. According to TCM theory, the spleen is responsible for the proper function of the digestive system. When the spleen is working right, the food we eat is transformed into Qi (Chee).
According to Chinese Medicine Theory, Qi is a vital substance for life and when there is an imbalance in the spleen symptoms such as fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, feeling of heaviness and loose stool. The Liver system helps keep the body blood and Qi running and flowing smoothly. Unfortunately with our fast paced life and stress levels at new levels. Chronic stress levels have a negative impact on the liver’s ability to function properly. The liver and spleen work together and when one is working properly the other won’t work properly either. This leads to a poor functioning digestive system that decreases metabolism and can trigger cravings.
Along with acupuncture, foods and herbal supplements used in Chinese medicine are chosen to assist with weight loss and influence the Qi of the liver and spleen system to start fixing the imbalance with the digestive system. Physically, TCM has been shown to have an effect on the function of the nervous system, The endocrine system, the digestive system, food cravings and metabolism. All of these things help to maximize the absorption of nutrients, energize the body, control overeating, suppress the appetite and reduce anxiety.
Acupuncture, unlike fad diets is catered and customized to the needs of the individual. Acupuncture points can be used affect the overall well-being of the patient with the goal of increasing circulation and calming the nervous system. Specific points, as well can be used to help with different symptoms as they arise. Auricular or ear acupuncture points have been found to be particular effective for helping with weight loss.
If your goal is a complete lifestyle change for the weight loss, Acupuncture, food, and Chinese herbs are a great start, one thing that would help also is Tai Chi. Tai Chi when practiced is a slow moving moves that help get the Qi flowing to the needed areas. According to The British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that a one-hour program of Tai Chi practiced three times a week for three months significantly reduced waist measurement and body mass index.
If you or someone you know is serious about weight loss contact us at Master Lu’s Health Center in Salt Lake City and let’s help you get the weight gone! We have great programs utilizing acupuncture, Chinese herbs, whole food nutrition, and exercise to help you lose weight.