WHY TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ?


In the western perspective , a symptom is treated as an individual problem with a particular drug .  These drugs often contain harsh chemicals that might produce severe side effects.  In contrast,  traditional Chinese medicine views the body holistically, which enables a diagnosis unique to each individual .  This method allows the resolution of the root cause as well as the symptom.


WHY ARE YOU GAINING WEIGHT?


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, organ systems are grouped as Yin and Yang pairings.  For example, the Spleen system is paired with the Stomach.  The function of the Spleen system is to transform food and water into qi for the body and to remove dampness. When the Spleen is out of balance once of the results is weight gain.  Sometimes , Spleen deficiency explains why when people eat salad and drink plenty of water, they still cannot lose weight due to excess dampness.  Another type of weight gain is caused by emotions that are also directly connected to the Spleen, such as worry and overthinking.  The principle sign of dampness is heaviness that includes fatigue and depression.  This explains why "emotional eaters" tend to eat ans gain weight.



DIET AND NUTRITION


It is important to have a balanced diet in order to manage your weight.  Limit and avoid foods with saturated and trans-fats, high sodium, and added sugar, as well as fried food and simple carbohydrates, such as bread, biscuits and pastries.  Complex foods such as fruits, vegetables, and grains are best since they possess high nutritional content but low calories.


EXERCISE


Aerobic exercises including running. walking, cycling, swimming and kickboxing burn calories . It is suggested that at least two and a half hours of aerobic exercise weekly are effective for weight loss.  If you are willing to try something new, QI Gong and Tai Chi are also great to promote the flow of energy.  Another benefit of being active is stress relief.  When you are stressed, your body produces hormones that cause the craving of foods high in fat and sugar.  It it crucial to incoeporate exercise and diet into your regimen along with your treatments to see progress.


YOUR WELLNESS PLAN


Your treatment begins with an extensive conversation about your medical history , current health and lifestyle.  The pulses on both your wrists will be carefully studies, your tongue examined and a treatment plan proposed .  In addition to body acupuncture your treatment plan may include suggested herbal prescription, Auricular Acupuncture and a nutrition plan.


SUGGESTED TREATMENT SCHEDULE


Duration: 10 to 30 sessions needed depending on individual difference.  It is better to come twice a week , but at least once treatment a week.


Included for each week: Acupuncture , Herbal prescription,  Nutrition plan.


WHAT TO EXPECT


After 5 sessions , you may feel certain incremental changes to your body.  These include a gain of energy , relief of stress, reduction of phlegm and dampness , and appetite changes.  In order to effectively lose weight, treatments and herbs need to be paired with a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise.