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Weight Control with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

Weight loss with TCM

Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease.

In TCM, the main cause of obesity is the accumulation of phlegm and dampness. TCM view the spleen as the root of all phlegm and damp production because it controlls the transportation and transformation of body fluids and foods. If the spleen is constitutionally weak or becomes damaged by improper diet, lack of physical activity or emotional stress, the spleen will fail to transport and transform waste fluids and foods. These metabolic wastes will gather, collect and transform into dampness and phlegm.

Rather than focusing on reducing the number on the scale only, TCM treats the underlying body condition that may have led to the excess weight. Once the body's balance is restored, the metabolism will process food properly, and excess weight should no longer be a problem as long as maintain proper diet and lifestyle.

 

How Does TCM Help Losing Weight?

Seducing food craving

Acupuncture helps control appetite by stimulating endorphin release and promotes calming and relaxing effect on the body. Naturally releasing endorphins makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration and anxiety which can be triggers for emotional eating, overeating and bingeing on fattening foods. The use of ear acupuncture has been proven effective in reducing appetite and food craving as well.


Regulating metabolism

Long-term history of irregular eating, overeating and lack of physical activity leads to slow metabolism. Acupuncture can help to increase metabolism by stimulating the thyroid and endocrine glands as the body adjusts to the changes in diet and lifestyle. Affecting the endocrine system also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and blood pressure.


Benefiting digestion

Combined with proper nutritional changes, acupuncture and Chinese herbs help to harmonize the digestive organs and benefit digestion. Proper digestion ensures that the body is getting enough nutrients you need from food so you feel less hungry. TCM can also help with secondary symptoms from poor digestion, such as bloating, gas heartburn, constipation or diarrhea.


 

ELECTROLIPOLYSIS

A special acupuncture procedure of Acupuncture Wellness Center

Electrolipolys is a special acupuncture procedure which involves the application of controlled electric current on acupuncture needles inserted directly into the fat tissue layer.

Electrolipolysis helps reduce localized body fat (especially from the thighs, buttocks, hips, and abdomen) and improve the quality and appearance of the skin.

Electrolipolysis increases blood flow to shift stagnant fat deposits. The fat melted in electrolipolysis procedure will be eliminated through urination.

Electrolipolysis is aimed at the people with mild localized cellulite on the specific areas of the body. It isn't recommended for severe overweight people or adolescents.

Increasing energy level

Stimulating endorphin release by acupuncture not only helps with emotional stress, but also relaxes muscle tensions and improves circulation of Qi and blood. In TCM, stagnant Qi and blood is the main cause of hundreds of diseases. By promoting Qi and blood circulation, acupuncture can reduce body pain from carrying heavy weight and increase energy level, making the patient able to have a more active lifestyle.


Detoxing

Chinese herbs are particularly helpful in eliminating metabolic toxins that have been built up over time from excess weight and adipose tissue.


Reducing size of specific part of body

While acupuncture and Chinese herbs help reducing adipose tissue from the whole body, modern acupuncture technique called electrolipolysis can reduce size of the specific areas of the body, such as thighs, legs or abdomen, by enhancing metabolism of the local adipose tissue.


Reducing side effects caused by dieting

When people try to lose weight quickly by restricted diet without evaluating their underlying conditions, they often suffer form side effects caused by dieting, such as dizziness, hair loss, or anxiety. Since TCM primarily focuses on treating underlying conditions and harmonizing and balancing the body’s function, it minimizes the side effects from dieting and actually makes patients healthier while losing weight.

 

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

It is important to understand that acupuncture is not a “quick fix.” By working with your acupuncturist, and committing to long-term goals, you will experience positive changes in your overall health, including maintaining a healthy body weight. The frequency and number of acupuncture treatments necessary depends on the patient's goals for losing weight, the speed at which they want to lose, and their commitment to a new, healthier lifestyle. In the beginning, it is important to receive consistent treatments to help get you started.

Once you are feeling comfortable with your new weight loss plan, the frequency and number of treatments will decrease to 1-2 visits a month. When you have reached your weight loss goals, the patient and practitioner will mutually decide when to terminate frequent treatments and then can aim to meet approximately four times a year (at the change of seasons) to keep your system balanced and healthy.

 

Does It Rebound Afterwards?

Rebounding is the most common problem in any weight loss programs. Rebounding usually occurs when the patients go back to the ex-lifestyle which led them to having weight problems, therefore leads to a rebound as well. When there was significant weight loss in a short period of time, there is a higher chance of rebounding. In a short-term diet program, the fatty cell size setting in the hypothalamus does not change although the patients lose body weight; therefore, the fatty cells will try to regain the original size after the program and cause rebound.

TCM approach to weight loss is to assist the patients achieve and enjoy their new and healthy lifestyle while losing weight, rather than enforcing the restricted diet with disciplines. By addressing the underlying disharmony and restoring the body's natural rhythm, TCM weight loss program can successfully reduce the chance of rebound for most patients.

 
Resources

The Acupuncture Weight Loss Solution

Systematic evaluation of therapeutic effect of acupuncture for treatment of simple obesity

Effects of acupuncture on body mass index and waist-hip ratio in the patient of simple obesity

 
 
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