(r) Weight Loss the TCM Way
Acupuncture works by enhancing the function of two neuro-endocrine pathways that regulate many bodily processes, including metabolism.
It lowers body weight, body fat, insulin levels, and lipid le
vels in the blood
It decreases excessive appetite and makes it easier to satisfy your hunger with less food.
It decreases menopausal weight gain in one study; acupuncture took off 10 pounds in 2 months – that translates to 60 lbs in a year!
Combined with diet control, and aerobic counselling it not only takes off the pounds and body fat, but keeps them off, especially if you’re diligent with the exercise. Overweight means an excess of body weight. This excess weight may be muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Obesity refers specifically to an abnormally high proportion of body fat. You can be overweight without being obese – for example, a bodybuilder or other highly muscled athlete, or someone just a few pounds overweight. But many people who are overweight are also obese.
Acupuncture releases endorphins into the body, which has a relaxing effect to reduce the sort of stress that triggers overeating and bingeing on high calorie foods. Also endorphins affect the digestive and hormonal systems so acupuncture can help rebalance the organ systems (e.g. metabolism) that are running too slow. The theory behind Acupuncture for weight loss is that it helps to curb appetite, depress cravings, rid excess water, and stimulate the pituitary gland to burn off extra calories.
Problem #1 (Enzyme Deficiency): Modern digestive science explains that when your body can’t digest a food, you crave more of it – you’re not getting what you need from it. This leads to a cycle of craving and over-eating the exact foods you can’t digest. Problem #2 (Low Blood Sugar): Another vicious cycle happens when you can’t digest complex carbs, so your blood sugar is low, so you eat simple carbs that raise your blood sugar which raises insulin, which lowers your blood sugar again, and you’re stuck eating donuts and feeling horrible.
Solution: Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas can help you digest your food and break both of these cycles. With acupuncture treatment the stomach/spleen system can be strengthened allowing the proper digestion of all foods thus interrupting the food craving cycle, which in turn will balance the digestive system, eliminate cravings and lead to an overall reduction in weight.
Eat a low fat sensible diet, and don’t miss breakfast! Weigh yourself regularly, and exercise an hour a day. Start by walking a few minutes each day, or take the stairs at work. Don’t overdo it! Remember the rubber band if you stretch it too quickly it will bounce back. Get some aerobic exercise help- a public class, or private aerobic counselling.
In my own clinics I treat people all the time for weight loss, one woman who followed my instructions lost one stone! In 4 weeks! This in my opinion was too much too soon, but was good testament to the effectiveness of acupuncture for this particular problem.
Constipation Stops Weight Loss
Constipation can also be a major factor that blocks weight loss and I usually try to treat this problem first and foremost to put the bowel in good working order to pave the way for weight loss. The Chinese herbal formula Ma Ren Wan is excellent to treat this condition, and is not a laxative nor does it have a laxative effect, it moistens and moves the bowel in a very natural way.
We sell the world famous Fei Yan Diet Tea and Swan Slimming Tea in our clinics, this is a traditional Chinese herbal tea that is excellent for slimming and weight loss and we always sell out of this very fast.
It is the most popular pure herbal slimming tea in the UK market at the moment.
It suppresses the appetite, detoxifies the body, gets rid of extra fat and improves the metabolism. Fei Yan slimming tea also has a mild laxative effect which can help detoxify and improve bowel movement.
It was named after one of the most beautiful woman in Chinese History, Feiyan Zhao, she has legendary status in China as it was said that her figure was the most perfect in all of oriental history.