Although calories

in and calories out

types of restrictive

dieting may be one

way to assess and

treat weight gain, it

often is too

simplistic and

doesn’t take into

account the bodies

tendency to adapt

to lower caloric

intake and rebound

weight gain occurs.

When a person tries to limit their calorie intake below their calorie expenditure, the process can often be made more difficult by the bodies metabolic changes that occur in response to such dietary restriction. One may become more tired, cold and the body finds more ways to be efficient with less fuel and as such, a person may find it more difficult to lose weight if they again increase their calorie intake. Thus the merry go round of yo yo dieting may occur.

What are the causes and development of weight gain according to Chinese medicine and acupuncture?

There are a number of causes in Chinese medicine, however, for simplicity of categorizing we may simplify into those cases caused by excess or those caused by deficiency. For those causes that are caused by excess, excess consumption of rich and or sweet foods can put pressure on the digestive processes, producing ‘phlegm and dampness’ (Fat deposition and fluid retention), which accumulates in the body and leads to weight gain and obesity. In the deficient case, weakened metabolic state and digestion , including assimilation and excretion, gives rise to general weakened functions in the body along with fatigue. This weakened state makes it more difficult for the patient to achieve their weight loss goals as they are already tired and may further lack motivation and the ability to exercise.

What are the

symptom profiles

belonging to the

different causes of

weight gain in

acupuncture &

Chinese medicine?

  1. Excess – Accumulation of Phlegm- Dampness (Fat and Fluid retention): Obesity with good appetite, difficulty waking in the morning or feeling sleepy, dizziness, excess saliva, stuffy feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, slow movements, Tongue coating which is often greasy or thick.
  2. Deficiency – Weakened Digestion and assimilation with general fatigue and poor metabolic function: Obesity accompanied by laziness, fatigue, bloated feeling, less appetite, swelling of the legs, Tongue body often Swollen with teeth marks.

Weight loss treatment using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Balmain and the Inner West, Sydney…

Some weight loss plans are extreme and involve starving the clients and only giving them herbs to drink. This is not recommended and may in some instances be dangerous. Long term weight loss strategies involve; healthy eating 3 times a day without snacking, not overconsuming excess fluids or food (Yes! you can drink too much if you are not losing fluids through sweating , urinating etc), regular exercise and a course of acupuncture and Chinese medicine to bring the body back into balance and support the body’s natural tendency to restore health so that weight loss can be maintained.

If you are considering weight loss with acupuncture and Chinese herbs in Balmain or the Inner West, consider Authentic Acupuncture in Balmain where we may be able to assist you to lose weight (If you are significantly overweight) with a course of Chinese herbs and weekly acupuncture over a 12 week period. During this time you will be given special eastern techniques and strategies to help keep the weight, particularly fluid retention, at bay. The overall idea is to restore your health, energy levels and proper body functioning to keep your weight stable.

Call the clinic on (02) 9188 1560 or go to the home page at Authentic Acupuncture to submit an inquiry to make a booking.

We look forward to helping you restore your ideal weight.

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