Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder in developed countries and is increasingly on the rise. Most often it is due to increased food consumption coupled with decreased activity, although sometimes it is due to other health issues.
Endocrine problems such as hypothyroidism and some drugs such as contraceptive pills and anti-depressants can also cause weight gain.
In addition, a clear link exists between obesity and insulin resistance. Glucose from food which should be used for energy is instead routed into fat storage when cells do
not respond to insulin. This type of weight gain tends to be seen predominantly on the abdomen.
How Chinese medicine can help:
Diet and exercise changes are paramount to any weight loss program that retains lasting results. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are not a quick fix to shed pounds, but instead work to support the body physiologically by increasing metabolism, improving the function of the digestive system, supporting insulin metabolism, and eliminating fatigue that prevents activity.
The Spleen/Stomach system will always be
implicated in issues of weight gain although the Liver and Kidney systems may also be contributing. Assessments will be made to determine which organ systems are affected and points will be selected accordingly.
Although initial weight loss from fluid may be dramatic, real weight loss from fat deposits should be gradual (about 1-2 pounds weekly is ideal). Weekly acupuncture treatments are recommended for a period of 3 months or until you reach your desired
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