Obesity is the medical term used to describe the state of being overweight to the point where it is harmful to your health. Click on the link below for some shocking facts!!!
How does tcm view obesity
what can tcm do for obesity??
acupuncture has the ability to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism.
· A study published in The Journal of Medical Acupuncture found that participants receiving acupuncture lost more than three times more weight than the control group.
· In a study conducted by the University of Adelaide in Australia in 1998, 95 percent of the participants receiving electro-stimulation on acupuncture points reported appetite suppression.
95% success rate for appetite surpression leading to weight loss, using auricular acupuncture
CHINESE HERBS AND OBESITY
Have we figured out yet that diets don’t work? If you are on a diet, often you may lose weight while you are on that diet, but statistics show that most people later on gain back not only the weight they lost, but a few extra pounds in addition!
Is it important to you to lose weight without using weight loss drugs? Did you know that Chinese herbs can help?
As evidenced by a long history of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Chinese are well versed in how to promote healing and good health. Chinese herbs can be especially useful in boosting metabolism and most of these herbs can be easily found at a health food store.
Chinese herbs are useful in weight loss in three ways:
1) to help speed-up digestion
2) to boost metabolism
3) to assist detoxification
Some herbs in the Chinese tradition which are helpful for weight loss are classified as “medicinal” herbs. In this article, we are going to focus more on the “tonic” herbs classification, because the tonic herbs are generally safe for anyone to take on a regular basis, whereas it would be recommended to consult with an expert before starting a program of medicinal herbs.
Metabolism-boosting herbs include things like astragalus, ginseng, cordyceps, eucommia, cinnamon, ginger, and epimedium. Detoxifying herbs can help reduce appetite and include things like coptis, scute, longan, bupleurum, salvia and others.
Chinese herbs for weight loss help to build up digestive energy. If digestion speeds up, more elements from the food can be digested properly and taken away from the body before they transform into fat. Used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, metabolism-boosting herbs help people to lose weight.
A great example of a metabolism-boosting herb is Ginseng. When the qi/chi, and yang energy are increased, metabolism can get a boost. Ginseng is a popular herb used to boost energy and prevent heart disease. Ginseng has antioxidant properties and can help to overcome fatigue and increase energy. It can help lower high blood pressure, which results in a healthier cardiovascular system.
To gain maximum benefits from Ginseng, one should use a maximum of 1g of ginseng daily for 2-3 weeks and then take a break, and start again. While ginseng boosts metabolism and increases energy, it may even encourage people who consume it to increase their regular exercise routine. Simultaneously, Ginseng helps improve digestion, which in turn aids in fat burning. Ginseng can be especially beneficial to those who gain weight in the abdomen.
As important as WHAT you eat is HOW you eat. Here are some more tips to maximize weight loss, no
matter what program you are on:
Eating regularly will increase assimilation of nutrients. Nature is rhythmic, and likewise, your body
adjusts to natural cycles. The cycle of hunger and satiety fits this pattern. Timing is important for optimal
digestion, providing the correct quantities of digestive fluids and enzymes at just the right time.
As you eat, notice what you are thinking about. Are you noticing the taste of the food and how it feels
in your mouth or are you thinking of the next task that has to be accomplished? Forgive yourself for
any lack of presence and just practice returning your attention to the present moment. When you are
present, you will feel more satisfied by less food.
Science has shown that calorie restriction is one of the best ways to achieve longevity. You may not
want to count every single calorie you ingest, but it’s a good idea to have a general sense of what
you eat in a day. If you eat more than 1500 calories in a day, chances are, you will not be losing much
weight. On the other hand, it’s important to eat at least 1000 calories a day to maintain energy for your
Take inventory of your life
Overeating is a sign that food holds too much importance in your life. There are many other pleasures in
life besides food. Take up a new hobby. Learn a new language. Make some new friends. Add something
pleasurable to your life. Try something different, start a new project, go somewhere you’ve never been
before. Challenge yourself to add fulfillment to your life in ways other than by adding calories.
Chinese herbsWhen including Chinese herbs in your program to lose weight, make sure you drink lots of water to help
flush out toxins and stay hydrated. Adding Chinese tonic herbs to your routine can not only help lose
weight and boost metabolism, but you may feel more energy, may need less sleep and find immune
system benefits as well.
Perseverance Works!Don’t give up! If you do not give up, eventually you will succeed!