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Dr Huang JingWeight Loss with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Losing weight with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is achieved by acupuncture and other TCM adjuvanttherapies. Modern medicine thinks simple obesity is associated with endocrine disorder, which relates to a variety of hormones, especiallysex hormones, adrenal cortical hormone insulin and leptin, which can be adjusted by acupuncture; on the other hand, TCM differentiates obesity from the aspects of Zang-fu and holds it is closely connected with the functions of liver, spleen and kidney, which can also be recovered by acupuncture.

Based on TCM syndromedifferentiation, it starts from adjusting endocrine and nerve functions with acupuncture and acupressure so as to lose weight.

Precautions:

1. One with skin diseases can’t be treated with TCM to lose weight;

2. One with poor cardiac function or pacemaker can’t be treated with TCM to lose weight;

3. One with bleeding tendency diseases such as blood coagulation disturbance, hemophilia or anemia can’t be treated with TCM to lose weight.

Introduction to obesity

Obesity refers to a certain degree of overweight and over-thick fat layer, and over accumulation of the body fat, especially triglycerides.Excessive food intake or body metabolism change induced excess body fat accumulation can lead to body weight increase as well as body pathological, physiological change or latent, which is evaluated via the standard equation that states obesity degree=(Actual body weight- Standard body weight)/standard body weight *±100%

Classification of obesity

TCM has an earlier literature record on obesity, the reason of which is considered to be related to dampness, phlegm and deficiency. In accordance with their causes, TCM classifies obesity into the following types:

1. Abdominal obesity: caused by liver qi excess, usually with constipation and hypertension tendency;

2. Puffiness: caused by over-function or under-function of kidney and often lead to heart problems;

3. Fat obesity: caused by blood qi excess and often lead to heart problems;

4. Morbid obesity: caused by blood qi deficiency or spleen yang excess, for instance obesity after childbirth and hormone obesity;

5. Qi obesity: caused by tri-jiao channel disorder and belongs to stress induced obesity.

For these types of obesity, TCM believes that the fundamental reason is theimbalance of Yin and Yang that directly affects the human body fluids of pH value and survivability of internal enzymes.TCM can adjust human body from within via regulating the endocrine and zang-fu organs such as the liver, spleen, kidney, heart, lungs, and the sanjiao to accomplish the unity of the bodythrough the role of qi-blood-body fluid so that to achieve the goal of weight loss. Besides, TCM is of no side effect and has the effect of nourishing and health care.

TCM holds that obesity is a syndrome of deficient root and excessive superficial. Deficient root is mainly characterized by qi deficiency, together with yang deficiency or qi and yin deficiency if yin-yang imbalance is involved. It is commonly located in the spleen, kidney, liver, gallbladder, heart and lung, with syndrome of qi deficiency in the spleen and kidney frequently seen in clinic as well as the syndrome of liver and gallbladder discharging disorder. Excessive superficial is mainly characterized by fat and grease, and phlegm accumulation, together with dampness, blood stasis and qi stagnation.There also can be particular emphasis or mixture between the deficient root and excessive superficial. Thus, one should pay attention to key points in clinic, and be able to differentiatesymptoms and identify etiology so as to achieve good efficacy with focused prescriptions.

Formula for Calculating Obesity
Body mass index(BM)=Weight/ Square of the Body Height(kg/m2

Ideal Weight(Kg)=(18.5~23.9)×Square of the Body Height (unit:m)

According to WHO standard, BMI over 22.9 is taken as overweight for Asians. Asians are different from occidentals in race, which makes WHO standard of MBI not suitable for Chinese. The BMI standard for Chinese is as follows:


BMI Category

WHO Standard

Asian Standard

Severely Underweight

<18.5

<18.5

<18.5

Underweight(with increasing illness risk)

Normal

18.5~24.9

18.5~22.9

18.5~23.9

Average Level

Overweight

≥25

≥23

≥24


Standard for Good Figure

In terms of BMI, one evaluation index of body fat for doctors, the standard BMI should be around 20-22.
BMI=Weight(kg)/Square of the Body Height(m2)
Normal Weight: 18.2-22.9 Overweight: 23-24.9 Obese

Level One: 25-29.9 Obese Level Two: >30

Chinese Materia Medica for Weight Loss

Juemingzi
Jumingzi can clear the liver and brightenthe eyes, improve bowel movement and lower lipid to reduce weight. It can inhibit the synthesis of body fat, and decompose the extra fat in the body. However, in consideration of it coldness in nature, it is suggested to be composed as Juewu Decoction with Heye, Damai, Heiwulong and Fuling, in which Fuling can protect the spleen and stomach, avoid the coldness of Juemingzi so to achieve weight loss without having negative effects on diet or body health.


Zexie

Zexie can promote urination and clear damp heat, thus helping us eliminates excessive body water, accelerate body metabolism. Most people suffering from obesity in the lower part of body are caused by edema. Zexie can do great help in eliminating the elephant legs and turnip leg, especially for people with lower body obese! One can use Zexie to make tea with 6 g to 9 g for daily amount; otherwise one may bring discomfort to his intestines and stomach.

Shouwu

Shouwu can moisten intestines and stomach, with detoxification effect. It can appropriately promote gastrointestinal peristalsis, discharge the body waste in the intestines and stomach, reduce the gastrointestinal absorption of fat and cholesterol, prevent the accumulation of cholesterol precipitation in the gastrointestinal, thus making agood food for reducing weight. Shouwuis effective for treating constipation-typed obese, since it can quickly help us clear the hoarding in the body of garbage, and lose belly fat into small waist!


Heye
Heye contains a variety of effective fat alkaloids that can effectively break down body fat, and eliminate them out of body strong. Alkaloid in Heye covers at human intestinal wall, forming a layer of fat separation membrane to prevent fat absorption or accumulation. Alkali in Heye can adjust fat diet with strong oils exclusion effect so to let one dislikes animal fat or greasy food.

Damai
Damai tea is mainly used fordetoxification, tonifying the spleen to lose weight, clearing heat and eliminating summer heat, removing the smelling of fish or mutton, promoting digestion, nourishing the skin and blacking hair. The dietary fiber in Damai tea can adjust the digestion and absorption function so as to delay the absorption of nutrients.Dietary fiber can also be satiety, which avoids excessive intake of heat energy, fat, carbohydrate, thus having the effect of the prevention and treatment of obesity.


Yiyiren

Yiren is a kind of traditional material medica that can make the skin smoother. Besides, it can promote water circulation and metabolism in the body. In this way, fat is easy to be burned down so strengthen the effect of reducing weight. Yiren can promote diuresis and eliminate edema. It is also taken as diet products.

Six TCM Formulas for Losing Weight

With the improvement of people's living standard, together with people less attention to healthy diets, Number of obese people isincreasing. Not only will obesity affect our physical beauty, but also seriously affect our health. Thus, losing weight is extremely urgent, Let's look at the six most common TCM formulas for reducing weight.

Method of relieving chest stuffiness anddispersingphlegm

Obese people are generally of more phlegm caused by too much lipid in the body, which are characterized by shortness of breath, chest tightness, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, slippery and greasy tongue coating in clinic. Some with phlegm heat can be seen short-tempered and get irritated very easily, which would lead to hypertension, distending feeling and buzzing in the head, insomnia, yellow and greasy tongue coating and dry feces. People with these conditions can easily suffer from cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, for which the method of relieving chest stuffiness anddispersing phlegm is best suitable for.

Commonly used drug such as Gualou, also known as Kuolou, plays a key role in relieving chest stuffiness anddispersing phlegm. The Gualou bag sold in the market is made out of this one drug only and is effective in lowering blood lipid and the treatment of coronary heart disease. Gualou can also moist the intestines, making is suitable for patients with phlegm heat knotting inside and constipation. Xiebai, namely Xiaosuan, is often used with Gualou, as in Kuolou Xiebai Decoction prescribed by Zhang Zhongjing, famous TCM experts in Han Dynasty for the treatment of chest stuffiness and pains. Zhishi and Zhike can relievechest stuffiness anddisperse phlegm; when combined with Chenpi and Banxia, it is Wendan Decoction for the treatment of obese people with phlegm dampness, palpitation and insomnia. Banxia can reduce phlegm, harmonize the stomach and alleviate vomiting; when combined with Chenpi, it is the main ingredients in Erchen Decoction, which is frequently used in treating varied phlegm syndromes with symptoms such as vomitingsputum, or coughing with excessive phlegm, dizziness, palpitation. tracing back the origin of Erchen Decoction, it generates from Wendan Decoction. Chenpi is Jupi, good in fragrance; it can not only harmonize the stomach and regulate qi, but is also with the function of reducing phlegm and lowering lipid. Chenpi prune and Chenpi slice sole on the market are also effective in lowering blood lipid with food therapy.

Method of promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis

Obese people are commonly characterized with hyperliposis in blood, which can easily result in hardening of the arteries that lead to varied heart and cerebrovascular diseases. Material medica for promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis can dilate coronary arteries, increase blood flow, reduce blood fat, and prevent plaque formation and promote its regression. This method can be applied in obese people with symptoms like blood stasis and amenorrhea, bruising color and petechial in tongue for disease treatment and weight losing at the same time. Common drugs for promoting blood circulation, removing blood stasis and lowering lipid contain Danggui and Chuanxiong from Foshou Powder, a preferred choice for activating blood circulation and relieving pain since ancient times, Chishaoyao and Jixueteng, suitable for patients with blood stasis obstructing the collaterals, Sanqi and Puhuang for patients with sharp pain caused by blood stasis. The Danshenbao, Modified Danshenbao, No.1 Formula and No. 2 formula for coronary heart disease also show the effects of activating blood circulation and reducing blood lipid.

Method of promoting diarrhea and purgation

Obese people are commonly seen as strong and beefy in constitution. The method of promoting diarrhea and purgation can be allied if constipation. Common drugs are Dahuang with the most effective function in reducing weight, Huzhang that comes right after Dahuang with both function in promoting diarrhea and activating blood circulation, and Heshouwu for nourishing blood and lubricating the intestines, as well as anti-aging effect and blackening hair. After taking the drugs, patients may have severe diarrhea and encounter great weight loss. Most of the diet teas sold on the market are made from these drugs.

Method of dispersing stagnated liver qi and promoting bile flow

Bile can digest lipid. Patients suffering from hepatitis, liver and gallbladder stones, cholecystitis, or bile hyposecretion, often do not like to eat greasy meat, and can very easily lead to disease if not careful. This method of dispersing stagnated liver qi and promoting bile flow is very important to patients with liver and gallbladder illness, especially fatty liver. I have personally achieved fine effects in clinic with it.

Its common drugs include Yinchen, key drug for the treatment of jaundice in TCM with strong effect in promoting bile flow. Chaihu Shugan Powder, composed of Chaihu, Zhike, Shaoyao, Gancao, Xiangfu and Chenpi, is a commonly used prescription and one may modify it in accordance with clinical symptoms. Also, Juemingzi can clear liver, improve vision, and decrease blood lipid, suitable for daily tea making.

Method of regulating stomach and reducing fat

Obesity is caused by over-intake of sweet and fat food in most cases, which can impede stomach movement and bring about sense of bloating, putrid belching and acid swallowing, bad breath and greasy coating on the tongue. Application of Shanzha, Damaiya, Laifuzi can be very beneficial especially in early stage, which is stated in Chinese MateriaMedica books. In TCM pediatrics, formulas such as Jiaosanxian and Baohe Tablets are frequently used. The easiest and most convenient way to reduce weight in daily life is to eat Laifuzi, raw of slightly fried.

Method of disinhibiting urine and percolating dampness

It is well acknowledged that too much dampness can contribute to phlegm; water and dampness metabolism disorder can be easily mixed with blood, resulting in blood lipid increasing. The method of disinhibiting urine and percolating dampness is the most stable way to reduce weight. One patient with obese-induced hypertension is suggested to have ongoing Donggua Rice Soup three times a day. In accordance with related herbal literatures, Donggua can promote urination, which is prohibited to be taken by skinny persons. After taking Donggua Rice Soup regularly, the patient urinated five to six times a day. One month later, the patient lost 5 Kg in weight with stabilized blood pressure. Donggua Seed and Donggua can be both used for decoction. Zexie is also frequently used to disinhibit urine and percolate dampness. Some recent studies also indicated its function of lowering lipid. Chashugen and Yumixu can both promote urination and lower blood lipid.

To take less greasy food in daily life

1.The method of regulating stomach and reducing fat treat obesity from its pathogenesis; the method of promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis aims at its origin; both method of relieving chest stuffiness anddispersing phlegm and method of dispersing stagnated liver qi andpromoting bile flow are to enhance the functions of internal organs; and both method of disinhibiting urine and percolating dampness and method of promoting diarrhea and purgation can strengthen discharge.

2. The six methods all aim at relieving turbid pathogenic factors. For obese patients with deficiency syndrome, one will need to apply relevant drugs with functions such as tonifying qi and blood, regulating yin and yang as well as tonifying the spleen and kidney to better eliminate turbid pathogenic factors.

3. It would be much better for obese people to take less greasy food instead of applying drugs, especially for supper due to less movement in the evening. One commandment among Buddhists is to eat vegetables only and no meals after lunch, which explains the reason for their thinness and health.

TCM Weight Losing Approaches

1.To lowercalorie intake

Nutritionists hold whatever one try to control, protein, carbohydrate or lipid, the key is to lowering calorie intake. If decreasing 800 calories intake every day, one can lose 10 pounds in 6 weeks; if decreasing 500 calories intake every day, one can lose 10 pounds in 2 and a half months. However, this process has to be achieved slowly, or it can cause danger. Also, a reminder, one may need at least 1200 calories every day. With too little calorie intake, one may lose muscle that plays an indispensable role burning calories and promoting metabolism in the body.

2.To reduce food intake

One must give up the food they like and have strict control of it if to lose weight. For specially preferred food, one needs to reduce the intake volume each time. For instance, one can take 100g meat every time, four times in a week, instead of 400g each time. In this way, 1200 kilogram calorie can be decreased, leading to obvious weight loss in seven and a half months. It is suggested to have weight scale with notice on it to remind oneself of the food intake amount.

3.One less bite of meat, 10 pounds less in two months

Experts pointed out 1g fat contains 9 kilogram calorie. Compared with fat, caloriesin carbohydrate and protein are much less, around 4 kilogram calories. Thus, one can have fresh vegetables, fruits and grains in replacement of fat food (such as cream) each day to lose weight. They said, by taking 20-40 g fats each day, one may lose 10 pounds in 2 months. However, if taking too much carbohydrate, one might as well gain weight.

4.One liquid diet every day, 10 pounds loss in 5 weeks
Usually, making liquid diet is quite convenient. One can lose 10 pounds in eight months if having liquid diet once a day. Liquid diet can be diverse in case of malnutrition. With guidance from the doctors, one can take the liquid diet twice a day. In this way, one can lose 10 pounds in five weeks. However, one needs to make sure the liquid diet you take contain all the necessary nutrition and proteins one need for every day.

Characteristics of TCM for Weight Loss


Regulating endocrine
Natural balance is the law of the world that all things follow. According to TCM theory, people are sick because the balance mechanism in the human body is destroyed; therefore, TCM pays attention to the importance of recuperation. The leading cause of obesity in the light of TCM,is zang-fu function disorder, namely the endocrine disorders in Western medicine, which refers to the imbalance between hungry feeling nervous and full feeling nervous, thus leading to nutrition absorbing disequilibrium. The saying that "obesity is the result of malnutrition" differs with the previous statement, saying "obesity is the result of over-nutrition", which is the core mechanism of reducing weight under this the new concept. TCM of modern times achieves weight loss via regulating endocrine, which indeed has made breakthroughs compared with past understanding.

Effectiveness
In TCM weight loss process, patients with obesity are treated with acupuncture and Chinese materialmedicacomprehensively to adjust nerve and endocrine functions so as to on the one hand inhibit hyper-functioning appetite, reduce food intake, and to inhibit gastrointestinal digestion and absorption, reduce the body's absorption of energy, which can contribute to decrease in energy intake, and on the other hand to promote energy metabolism, increase energy expenditure, promote the mobilization of body fat and fat decomposition and to finally realizes the effect reducing weight.

Safety
TCM achieves weight loss with very small side effects. Slimming productsare expected to be safe in weight loss, rather than destructive with symptoms such as dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting and other adverse reactions, or the remaining toxic substances in the body.
With TCM Weight loss treatmentfor a period of time, the body metabolism can come to have a new "regulation point", when weight is stable at a new level.Therefore, TCM weight loss treatment is consolidate, durable, not easy to rebound in effects.
Classification of TCM Weight Loss Methods

Acupuncture for weight loss

Acupuncture for weight loss regulates function of two large systems, hypothalamus-hypophysis-adrenal cortex and sympathia-adrenal medulla, by stimulating meridians and collaterals. It increases basal metabolism rate, improves fat circulation, produces heat and burns restored fat. Therefore, it adjusts, perfects and improves balance of human body itself.


Acupuncture is one of the treasures in TCM, and plays an important role in treating obesity. The mechanism of acupuncture weight loss is mainly to regulate metabolism and endocrine function of the body. The common acupoints are Liangqiu, Gongsun, Neiguan and so on. Acupuncture weight loss works well for young and middle-aged patients between 20 to 50 years’ old with obesity. At this age stage, human body is well developed with perfect functions. Acupuncture treatment easily regulates all metabolism function of body, promotes the function of breakdown of fat to achieve the effect of weight loss. Acupuncture can inhibit peristalsis of intestine and secretion of gastric acid, so it relieves hunger feeling to achieve weight loss.

Cupping for weight loss

Cupping for weight loss is safe, effective and no weight regain. It can differentiate syndromes,regulate the whole body, smooth meridians and collaterals. It promotes body metabolism to achieve overall weight loss. Cupping easily regulates weight loss of TCM can choose the points based on the areas of obesity. Local points can smooth the meridians, promote local metabolism, and eliminate local fat to achieve weight loss of local areas.


Cupping is good to people's health, promotes peristalses of stomach and intestine and it longitudinally covers the whole body from head to feet. As time goes by, the manipulation of cupping is of more high-technology. Cupping can cure many kinds of diseases in our body. It can burn the body fat in short time, speed up the breakdown of fat to achieve the effect of keeping fit and losing weight.


Cupping mainly adjusts the nerve system based on warm and hot. In this way, cupping can stimulate receptors of nerve endings, and make signal go to cerebral cortex. Finally, it promotes recovery of the function of the body, adjusts yin and yang, promotes metabolism function, speeds up lymphocinesia, and discharges the waste and toxins of our body quickly. It finally achieves the effect of keeping fit and losing weight.


There are several things worth noting in cupping. Cupping should be used in smooth areas of skin better without bones. The best areas forcupping are the places that have a lot of muscle and fat but few blood vessels. One should better lie down on the back or on the belly and should not move at will, in case caps fall down from the body.

Attentionsin cupping for weight loss

Cupping should be forbidden or used with caution in following patients that want to lose weight. That is to say, patients who are too hungry, overeating, overworking, excessively thirsty, or with ardent fever, serious edema, high neuroticism, highly allergic skin, broken skin, extremely poor elastic skin, serious skin diseases, tumors, hemophilia, active tuberculosis,menstrual period or pregnancy should be very much careful usingcupping.

Meridian and collateral method for weight loss

Meridan and collateral method for weight loss refers to using TCM theory of differentiation according to syndromes to regulate nerve and endocrine function of obesity and finally achieve weight loss by comprehensive treatment by regulating endocrine function and TCM methods such as magnetic needle and acupuncture. It mainly has twoforms:

1. Meridian and collateral method

Magnetic meridian and collateral method

TCM has its unique form in meridian and collateral weight loss, which is the reasonthat appearance of black plaster and magnet. For thousands of years, black plaster plays an important role in TCM and is one of spirits of TCM treatment methods. It can cure bad conditions by stimulating meridian qi, smoothing meridian and collateral, promoting movement of qi and blood, improving peristalsis strength of intestine, increasing discharge of fat substances, eliminating unsmooth bowel movement and distention of abdomen by using magnet on Shenque point(navel) and transdermal absorption of black plaster. This method makes many friends lose weight successfully, and has been well received.

2. Massage method

Massage method is also called acupoints“massage abdomen”method and acupoints pressure weight loss method. It applies TCM acupoints, meridians and collaterals to massage abdomen in order to lose weight.

Acupoints map of massage abdomen method

It not only reduces excessive fat in stomach and lower back, but also cures many chronic diseases. It says that all chronic diseases can be cured by method of massaging abdomen.

One should carefully feel the reaction of body during the process of massaging abdomen. We may feel that some areas of abdomen is pain, distention, sour, numb, watering sound or lump(those places should be massaged especially). It is common that gas, hiccup and belching occur when patients are treated with abdomen massage. Those bad conditions lead to our metabolism disorder and accumulation of toxins that hard to discharge. All those lead to obesity.


Acupoint pressure weight loss is a sort of newly weight loss method based on natural Chinese traditional treatment. It totally abandons synthetic drug, but fully applies various factors, substances and information from natural environment to prevent and treat diseases. For example, forest, sunshine, air, medical compress, fumigation, magnetic energy and heat energy are methods that mainly use natural environment and resources.


The theory of acupoint pressure weight loss is to make you feel no hungry by stimulating your acupoints. That is to say, it can control appetite.

It regulates meridians and collaterals of certain areas by massaging certain acupoints, and finally achieves weight loss by adjusting function of five Zang organs and endocrine system. It can reduce feeling of hunger and control appetite by acupoint pressure. This method has good effect on local obesity, leg, abdomen and back, and it regulates menses, treats constipation, lowers blood fat and is very comfortable during manipulation.


Massage and acupoint pressure are mainly manipulated in abdomen while they are also used in other parts of body such as head, leg, arm and sole. Acupoints around navel are Qihai, Daju, Guanyuan, Tianshu and so on. Each point pressed 10-20 times, it can promote metabolism, reduce appetite, regulate endocrine and so on, and improve syndromes such as distention of abdomen, edema and protrusion of little abdomen. Head acupoints such as Xiaguan and Xiache can relax sinews, activate collaterals, promote blood circulation and tighten facial skin. It has effects of fastening blood circulation of leg, promoting peristalsis of intestine and removing excessive fat of leg by pressing leg and foot acupoints such as Zusanli and Sanyinjiao.

Contraindication of TCM in Weight Loss


Obesity is always closely related to the following unhealthy living habits; therefore, it should be corrected without delay.


1. Inappropriate arrangement of breakfast and dinner. Some people do not eat breakfast, while they eat rich dinner or snakes before sleep. This not only leads to obesity, but also easily causes serious diseases such as coronary heart diseases and necrotic pancreatitis. At night, stimulation of vagus nerve promotes secretion of insulin and increases fat synthesis. Besides, few night activity burns few calories. So people who have dinner too late or too much or snakes after dinner easily tends to obesity. Once there is a famous saying: “when to eat is more important than what to eat”. In a word, breakfast should be rich while dinner should be small.


2. Eating too much. Eating too much leading to excessive calories intake is the main reason of obesity. Some people take eating and drinking as their goals. They often eat too much due to the thought of “living to overeating” and “full drinking contributes to relationship although it hurts spleen and stomach". Some people abuses drinking and eating to forget the depression, so they develop obesity after eating many kinds of food without control.


3. Eating too fast. Irregular eating time always delays the dinner time leading to huge hunger,so bad eating habits such as gobble, drinking and eating too much are formed.


4. Bad food preference. Nutrients cannot supplied in balance because of food preference such as sweet food, fat, haslet, butter, chocolate, fried food and western food like KFC and ham burger.


5. Brunch. Brunch means people eat rich lunch to replace breakfast while they do not eat breakfast. Eating too much lunch suddenly increases the secretion of insulin, so it promotes fat synthesis.


6. Too much intake of oil and sugar. Most people know that lard cannot eat too much, but vegetable oil can eat more, so people eat a lot. In fact, oils such as bean oil, colza oil and peanut oil that cook vegetables are all fat. The calories they produced are equal to high fat food such as lard. That is to say, one gram vegetable oil can produce nine kilocalories, so it should not eat too much. For some people that cook food with sugar, so calories intake continuously as this condition continues day by day. Finally, they become obesity unconsciously.


7. Frequent intake of fried food, leftover soup and leftovers.


8. Laziness. ① driving cars instead of walking or using lifts instead of climbing stairs. ② sleeping right after meal or sitting or lying down while watching television, or playing computers for a long time after meals ③ unwillingness to do housework or inability to be independent. Abilities of people with obesity are lower than common people in aspects such as physical strength, endurance and sensitivity. People with obesity are more unwilling to move, and some of them even fall into vicious cycle of fatter resulting in lazier and the lazier leading to much fatter.

Weight loss by massaging TCM acupoints

Apart from sport and diet, the best way to achieve weight loss is by massaging acupoints. Weight loss method by massaging acupoints can easily burn body fat so long as one finds the correct massaging acupoints and methods.


1. Weight loss method by massaging rotately around navel

One hand with four fingers closed together, finger pulp of four fingers is used to mildly press around the navel, each with 10 times.


Besides massage, one should do some moderate sport at usual such as stroll. It is decided as your requirement to choice slow pace, moderate pace or fast pace. Stroll can harmonize qi and blood and stretch sinews and bones, and it builds an enduring foundation for weight loss.


2. Weight loss method by massaging Zusanli

Zusanli lies in one finger breadth below the lateral crest of knee. By massaging Zusanli, it can prevent and treat various diseases and has effects of modifying immune system, enhancing diseases resistance, regulating spleen and stomach, tonifying the middle to benefit qi, expelling wind to resolve dampness and smoothing channel to activate collaterals.



3. Weight loss method by pressing three acupoints

(1)Zhongwanacupoint: midline between extremities anterior of sternum and navel. Massaging this point can improve immunity of stomach.

(2) Qihaiacupoint: one finger breadth straight below navel. This point is used to treat mental disorder and depression.

(3) Guanyuanacupoint: three finger breadth straight below navel. This point is used to relieve cold constitution syndrome due to abdomen attacked by cold.


4. Weight loss method by massaging Sanyinjiao

Sanyinjiao lies in three finger breadth above the medial malleolus. This point is often massaged to benefit liver, spleen and kidney.

Misunderstanding in TCM weight loss

1. Weight loss equals to dieting

Many females declare eat nothing in order to lose weight. In order to become thinner and thinner, they always do not eat rice or eat fruit instead of meal.

TCM Dr. Huangjing says that the behavior of losing weight blindly on the spur of the moment is not only going against weight loss, but also have no effect to body health. Although blindly dieting can lose weight in a short time, but once normal diet returns, the weight regain, or even they get fat than they have lost. Meanwhile, over dieting on purpose also significantly lowers quality of life, disturb the nutrition balance of body. If things go on this way, body’s basic metabolic rate will become lower. Then people may have symptoms of diseases such as yellow face, fatigue, collapse and lassitude. More serious, some even develops anorexia.

In fact, the main reasons leading to simple obesity are poor dietary habits and unbalanced dietary structure. Therefore, weight loss does not mean dieting or fasting blindly or on purpose. However, one should change poor dietary habits and unbalanced dietary structure from the root. Finally one should pursue scientific and reasonable dietary, such as health dietary structure, necessary nutrition intake, regular dietary habits, and scientific cooking methods. In one word, that is not eat little but more reasonably. It is more harm than good if life quality lowers due to weight loss, or even body and mental diseases occurs.

2. Diarrhea can lead to weight loss

Dr. Huangjing said that she saw a lot of young female patients who eager to lose weight in clinic. Serious diarrhea or gastrointestinal function disorder occurs because of they are lost in so-called health products or drugs that quick weight loss.
Most of unregulated health products are intended to lose weight, and they make people diarrhea to achieve weight loss. Products leading to diarrhea should not be taken freely or for a long time, because it can easily induce side effects such as deprivation of water fluids, fatigue, malnutrition, palpitation, short breath, physical metabolism disorder, electrolyte disorder and intestine diseases. If one stops this kind of health products, constipation and body weight regain will occur.
TCM theory shows that obesity seemly belongs to dignity problem, but its mechanism is rather complex. Obesity relates to many organs in the body, mainly because function disorder of liver, gallbladder, spleen, stomach and intestine. Once these organs goes wrong, the regulation of body in food digestion, absorption and discharge will lose balance, finally leading to accumulation of pathogenic factors such as phlegm stasis and dampness. Therefore, TCM emphasizes that obesity should remove pathogenic factors in the body and regulate function of organs in the body from the root. Only in this way can we not only have slim body but also health body.

3. Los of exercises will work

Moderate sport can indeed strengthen and build body, but it is undesirable to do a lot of sports in a short time, especially for those with poor constitution. It not only cannot lower the body weight, but cause some side effects. Excessive sports exceeds the limit of body normal load, easily causes sport injuries, fatigue feeling or even fatigue symptom. For people with poor heart function, excessive sports make heart overburdened to induce heart diseases. For people doing sports without perseverance, weight regain will happen.

Therefore, the key meaning of sports is not just lose excessive body fat, but is to find one's suitable way of doing sports, and then doing sport step by step with perseverance. Sports can contribute to keep fit on the basis of benefiting body and mind.



中医减肥

中医减肥主要是通过针灸相应穴位加之其它中医常用的辅助治疗手段实现减重,现代医学认为单纯性肥胖多伴有内分泌紊乱,各种激素,尤其是胰岛素、性激素、肾上腺皮质激素、瘦素等异常,可通过针灸来调理内分泌,使之趋于正常;另一方面,中医从脏腑辨证分析肥胖主要与肝脾肾三脏的功能有关,通过针灸可以达到调理脏腑,使肝脾肾脏之功能恢复正常。


中医减肥利用中医辩证施治的原理,从调整内分泌入手,通过针灸、点穴等综合治疗,对肥胖者的神经和内分泌功能进行调整。


注意事项


1、如果患有皮肤病或其他疾病的人,最好不要进行中医减肥。

2、如果心脏功能较差,如有佩带起博器的人,最好不要进行中医减肥。

3、如果具有出血倾向疾病比如凝血机制障碍、血友病患者及贫血的人,最好不要进行中医减肥。


肥胖相关知识


肥胖概述


肥胖是指一定程度的明显超重与脂肪层过厚,是体内脂肪,尤其是甘油三酯积聚过多而导致的一种状态。由于食物摄入过多或机体代谢的改变而导致体内脂肪积聚过多造成体重过度增长并引起人体病理、生理改变或潜伏。评定标准:肥胖度=(实际体重-标准体重)÷标准体重×±100%。


肥胖分类


中医对于肥胖的认识早有记载,发生原因多与“湿、痰、虚”有关。中医根据成因把肥胖分为以下几类:

1、腹型肥胖:因肝气过剩引起,多伴有便秘及高血压倾向。

2、虚胖:因肾功能太强或太弱引起,多伴有月经不调、手脚冰凉等症状。

3、脂肪型肥胖:因血气过盛引起,容易引发心脏病。

4、病态肥胖:因血气不足,脾脏阳气太盛引起,产后肥胖、激素性肥胖属于此类。

5、气胖:因三焦经异常引起,属精神压力型肥胖。


对于这些类型的肥胖,中医认为其根本原因是阴阳平衡失调,直接影响到人体体液的酸碱度及体内酶的存活度。而中医则能够由内而外的调整人体,从调节内分泌入手、对肝、脾、肾、心脏、肺及三焦等进行调节,通过气血津液的作用来完成机体的统一,达到减肥的目的。同时,中药无副作用,还能起到滋补和保健的作用。


中医认为肥胖病多为本虚标实之症。本虚以气虚为主,若兼阴阳失调,可有阳虚或气阴虚,病在脾、肾、肝、胆及心、肺,临床以脾肾气虚为主,肝胆疏泄失调亦可见。标实以膏脂、痰浊为主,常兼有水湿,亦不兼血淤、气滞者。标本虚实之间,可有侧重、错杂。临床应抓住重点,审证求因,精心遣药,方能取得满意疗效。


肥胖计算公式

体重指数BMI=体重/身高的平方(国际单位kg/m) 理想体重(Kg)=(18.5~23.9)×身高的平方 (单位m) 根据世界卫生组织定下的标准,亚洲人的BMI(体重指标BodyMassIndex)若高于22.9便属于过重。亚洲人和欧美人属于不同人种,WHO的标准不是非常适合中国人的情况,为此制定了中国参考标准:


BMI 分类

WHO 标准

亚洲标准

偏瘦

<18.5

<18.5

<18.5

低(但其它疾病危险性增加

正常

18.5~24.9

18.5~22.9

18.5~23.9

平均水平

超重

≥25

≥23

≥24


美丽身材的标准

从体质指数来看,最标准的身材BMI值在20-22之间,BMI是医生用来评判身体肥胖标准的一个指数。

体重指标 (BMI)=体重(kg)/身高的平方(m2)

正常体重:18.2-22.9 过重:23-24.9 一级肥胖:25-29.9 二级肥胖:>30


减肥中药


决明子

决明子具有清肝明目,润肠通便,降脂减肥的功能。可以抑制全身脂肪的合成,对体内的多余的脂肪也有很好的分解功效。不过决明子性寒,建议可用决明子、荷叶、大麦、黑乌龙、茯苓等组方为决乌汤,茯苓可以同时健脾胃护肝,规避决明子的寒性,既不影响饮食和身体健康,还可达到瘦身的目的。


泽泻

泽泻具有利水清湿热的效果,可以帮助我们排除身体多余的水分,加快身体的新陈代谢,有很多人下半身肥胖的人其实不是有多胖,大多都是浮肿引起的,泽泻就可以很好地帮助大家消除大象腿和萝卜腿,对于下半身肥胖的人群减肥效果特别的棒哦!使用泽泻泡茶可以轻松的减肥,不过量不要太多太大,每日的量最好控制在6g到9g就可以了,否则会让肠胃受不了哦!


首乌

首乌可以滋润肠胃,有解毒的疗效,适当的促进我们身体的胃肠蠕动,排出肠胃里的废物,减少胃肠对胆固醇和脂肪的吸收,防止胆固醇在胃肠里沉淀、累积,是一种很棒的减肥食品哦。首乌对于治疗便秘型肥胖者很有效,可以快速帮助我们清理囤积在体内的垃圾,减掉大肚腩变成小腰精哦!


荷叶

荷叶中含有多种有效的化脂生物碱,能有效分解体内的脂肪,并且强劲排出体外。荷叶碱能强悍密布人体肠壁上,形成一层脂肪隔离膜,阻止脂肪吸收,防止脂肪堆积。荷叶碱改善油腻饮食习惯,其具有较强的油脂排斥功效,让人对荤腥油腻的食物渐渐产生反感。


大麦

大麦茶主要用于消温解毒,健脾减肥,清热解暑,去腥膻,去油腻,助消化,润肤乌发。大麦茶中的膳食纤维素可调整消化吸收功能,从而延缓营养物质的吸收。膳食纤维素还可产生饱腹感,避免摄入过多的热能、脂肪、碳水化合物,有防治肥胖的作用。


薏苡仁

薏仁是一种中药药材,可以让皮肤更光滑细致;此外,也可以促进体内水分的循环与新陈代谢的功能。这样,脂肪容易被燃烧,有助于增进减肥的效果。薏苡仁有有利尿、消水肿的作用,也被当作节食用品。


中医减肥6方

随着人们生活水平的提高,加之许多人不注意饮食健康,肥胖的人群也越来越多。肥胖不仅影响着我们外在美,还严重的影响着我们的身体健康,所以减肥迫在眉睫,下面我们来看看时下最常见的六种中医减肥法吧。

宽胸化痰法

中医文献有"肥人多痰"的论点,这种痰显然是指肥胖之痰浊,也就是脂肪过多。临床所见肥胖之人,动则气短、胸闷,甚则头晕、呕吐、恶心,舌苔滑腻。有的人痰火重,性情急躁,易于发脾气、恼怒,以致血压高,头胀脑鸣而痛,睡眠不安,舌苔黄腻,大便干结。多发心、脑血管病变。遇上这些病证,选用宽胸化痰法最为合适。


常用药物如:瓜蒌,古称栝楼,为宽胸化痰主要药,市售之瓜蒌包即用此一味制成,可降血脂,尤善治冠心病。瓜蒌仁还有润肠作用,对痰火内结,大便不畅者尤适用之。薤白即小蒜,临床常与瓜蒌配合同用,即汉代名医张仲景用治胸痹心痛的栝楼薤白汤,千百年来沿用不替。枳实、枳壳俱能宽胸化痰,配陈皮、半夏即为温胆汤法,常用治肥胖痰湿重,惊悸、失眠等症。半夏能化痰和胃止呕,与陈皮配合,为二陈汤的主药。传统作为化痰湿的主要方剂。临床通治各种痰证,不论呕吐痰涎,或是咳嗽痰多、眩晕、惊悸等症每多用之。查阅方书,实由温胆汤蜕化而来。陈皮即橘皮,气味芳香,既可和中理气,又能化痰降脂。市售之陈皮梅、橙皮条等,确甚可口,亦为食疗降脂之佳品。


活血行瘀法

肥胖之人,血液中脂肪过多,容易引起动脉硬化,特别是心、脑血管病变多由此产生。活血行瘀的药物对扩张冠状动脉,增加血流量,降低血脂,以及防止斑块形成和促进其消退均有作用。肥胖而见有瘀血阻滞,妇女经闭不行,或见舌质有青紫瘀点者,采用活血行瘀法,不但降脂减肥,同时又能治病,真是两全其美。常用的活血行瘀降脂药物:如当归、川芎即古方佛手散,善于活血调经止痛,为首选之品。赤芍药、鸡血藤能活血舒筋,对瘀阻经络者多适用之。三七、蒲黄善于活血止痛,对瘀阻刺痛者每多选用。市售之丹参包、复方丹参包、冠心1号方、冠心2号方等都有活血行瘀降脂的功效。


泻下通便法

肥胖之人,体质大多强壮结实,如有大便秘结者,须用泻下通便法以排泄脂垢邪浊。常用药物为:大黄是一味泻下通便的主要药,降脂减肥之功甚速。虎杖一药既可泻下,又能行瘀,仅次于大黄。何首乌能养血润肠,肥胖之人而兼血虚肠燥大便秘结者,可常服之。市售之首乌包即此一药制成,不但能降血脂,还能乌须黑发,亦有抗老防衰之功。肥胖人服用之后,会引起剧烈猛泻,体重随即减轻。其它各种减肥茶一类的配制大多数是有泻下药的。


疏肝利胆法

胆汁能消化脂肪。患肝炎、胆囊炎、肝胆结石的人,胆汁分泌不足,往往不喜欢吃油腻肉食,如果不小心,误食会引起发病。疏肝利胆法对肝胆病是不可少的,尤其是脂肪肝患者,本人常用此法取得良好效果。


疏肝利胆的常用药物如:茵陈,是中医治疗黄疸的专用药,有很好的利胆作用。柴胡疏肝散柴胡、枳壳、芍药、甘草、香附、陈皮可作为常用成方,随症加减。决明子能清肝明目,平时泡茶常饮之,有泻肝火降血脂功效。


和胃消脂法

形体肥胖,大多由于甘肥太过,油脂粘腻先壅于胃,往往脘腹饱胀,嗳腐吞酸,口味秽浊,舌苔腻。及早运用山楂、大麦芽、莱菔子等药以和胃助消化,甚为应手。本草书对这些药早已有消除脂垢的记载。传统有焦三仙、保和丸等方,尤以中医儿科作为常用药物。市售之山楂果、山楂糕、山楂包香甜可口,可随身携带,服用方便。鲜莱菔生吃、炒吃均甚清口,可算是降脂减肥最简便的食物疗法。


利尿渗湿法

中医学认为:湿盛生痰,水湿代谢失常易与血液相混,清浊不分,血脂升高。采用利尿渗湿法降脂减肥是一种最平稳的方法。有一病人患肥胖型高血压,嘱其天天吃冬瓜粥,一日三餐不要间断。本草文献云:冬瓜有利水作用,并有"瘦人忌"的记载。该患者吃冬瓜粥以后,每天小便增多,日5~6次。一个月以后,体重减轻5千克,血压也平稳,感到很高兴。冬瓜子与冬瓜皮俱可煎汤常服。正好废物利用。泽泻为利尿渗湿的常用药,近人研究也有降脂作用。茶树根、玉米须都有利尿之功,俱可作降脂药用。


平时少吃肥腻肉类食物

1、和胃消脂法是从起因着手的;活血行瘀法是直捣其巢穴的;宽胸化痰法与疏肝利胆法是改善脏腑功能的;利尿与泻下二法是给以出路加强排泄的。

2、所列六法大都以祛邪浊为主,如果遇上肥胖而兼虚证者,可以配合补气血、调阴阳、益脾肾等药物扶助正气,更有利祛邪。

3、与其服用药物降脂减肥,不如平时少吃肥腻肉类食物。尤其是晚上一餐不宜吃得过饱,因晚上睡眠休息,少活动,易于引起肥胖。佛家平时以素食为主,并有"过午不食"之戒律,故高僧大多清瘦轻健,是有道理的。


中医减肥疗法


一、降低热量的摄取

营养学家认为,无论你控制什么--蛋白质、碳水化合物或脂肪,最终降低的是热量的摄取。如果一个人每天少摄取800大卡的热量,可在6个星期内减少10磅体重;少摄取500大卡,可在2个半月内减轻10磅体重。但切忌体重降得过快,否则是很危险的。须知,每人每天至少要摄取1200千卡的热量,如果供给身体的热量太少;就会失去肌肉。肌肉是人体消耗热量、促进新陈代谢的关键。


二、减少食物的摄入量

要想减轻体重,无须放弃喜爱的食物,重要的是要加以控制。如果偏爱某种食物且食用量大,那就要注意减少每次的分量。不是每周4次,每次200克肉的食用量,而是每次100克,这样就可以少摄取1200千卡的热量,可在大约7个半月的时间内明显减少体重。建议减肥者在厨房放一个秤,贴一条提示标语,注意提醒自己摄取食品的重量。


三、少吃1口肉2个月减10磅

专家们指出,每1克脂肪合9千卡热量。与脂肪相比,碳水化合物和蛋白质每克所含热量要低得多,约4千卡。因此,要减肥不必少吃东西,可以以新鲜的蔬菜、水果、谷物代替每日所食用的含脂肪的食物(如奶油等食物),专家们认为,如果做到每天只吃20―40克脂肪,可以在2个月内减轻体重10磅。然而,不是每个人少吃脂肪都能减肥,如果碳水化合物食用过多,也会使体重增加。


四、每天1餐流食5周减10磅

通常,流食的制做是很方便的。若每天有一餐只食用流食或饮料,则可在8个月内减轻10磅体重。流食要多样化,以免缺少营养。在医生指导下,甚至可以每日两餐流食。这样可在5个星期内减轻10磅体重。但要确保所选择的流食能提供身体所需的营养素和蛋白质,并要保证一日三餐。


中医减肥特点


调节内分泌

自然平衡是世间万事万物所遵循的规律,按照传统中医理论,人之所以生病就是因为人体内的平衡机制被破坏,所以中医讲究调理。根据中医理论,肥胖的主要原因就是脏腑功能失调,也就是西医所说的内分泌失调,即饥感神经与饱感神经之间调节失衡,导致营养吸收不均衡。“肥胖是营养不良的结果”是对过去“肥胖是营养过剩的结果”的否定,也是指导新概念减肥的核心机理,现代中医减肥正是突破了传统的认识,利用调节内分泌来达到减肥目的。


有效性

而中医减肥在治疗过程中,通过针灸和中药的综合治疗,对肥胖患者的神经和内分泌功能进行调整,一方面能够抑制肥胖患者亢进的食欲,减少进食量,同时抑制患者亢进的胃肠消化吸收机能,减少机体对能量的吸收,从而减少能量的摄入;另一方面可以促进能量代谢,增加能量消耗,促进体脂的动员及脂肪分解,最终实现其减肥效果。


安全性

中医减肥的“副作用”很小。减肥产品的消费者都希望能够安全减肥,而非破坏性减肥,如头晕、泻肚、呕吐等不良反应,更不希望有毒物质残存在体内。

通过中医减肥治疗一段时间,当机体代谢达到一个新的“调节点”,体重即稳定在一个新的水平。因此,治疗效果巩固、持久、不易反弹。


中医减肥分类


针灸减肥

针灸减肥就是通过刺激经络腧穴来调整下丘脑—垂体—肾上腺皮质和交感—肾上腺髓质两大系统功能,


针灸减肥

加快基础代谢率,由此提高脂肪循环,生产了热量,使积存的脂肪消耗掉;进而调整、完善、改善人体自身平衡。


针灸是中国传统医学宝库中的一支奇葩,在调理肥胖中也能发挥重要的作用。针灸减肥的机理主要是调整人体的代谢功能和内分泌功能。 常用的针灸穴位在梁丘穴、公孙穴、内关穴等。针灸减肥对20~50岁的中青年肥胖者效果较好。因为在这个年龄阶段,人体发育比较成熟,各种功能也比较健全,通过针灸治疗,比较容易调整机体的各种代谢功能,促进脂肪分解,达到减肥降脂的效果。针刺后能够抑制胃肠的蠕动,并有抑制胃酸分泌的作用,从而减轻饥饿感,达到针灸减肥的目的。


拔罐减肥

拔罐减肥是一种安全,有效、不反弹的减肥方法,能够辩证施治、调节整体,疏通经络,促进人体新陈代谢,取得整体减肥的效果。中医拔罐减肥能够根据肥胖的位置选择穴位,局部取穴循经疏导,促进局部代谢,消除局部脂肪达到局部减肥的目的。


拔罐对人的健康有很大的促进作用,可以加速胃肠的蠕动,从头到脚的惯纵全身。随着时间推移,如今拔罐的手法越来越高科技,可以通过拔罐治疗我们身体各种疾病,快速的燃烧人体脂肪,加速脂肪的分解起到很棒的瘦身减肥效果。


拔罐的调节作用主要是在温热的基础上对神经系统进行调节,这样刺激神经末梢的感受器,达到大脑皮层就可以促使人体恢复功能,让阴阳可以得到调整,从而起到提高新陈代谢的功能,促使淋巴加速循环,让身体里的废物、毒素全部都加速派出去,起到瘦身减肥的效果。


拔罐也要有需要注意的地方,在拔罐的部位最好是皮肤的平滑地区,最好不要有骨头,有肌肉脂肪厚和血管少的地方是最好的拔罐区域。把关的姿势一般都是躺或者卧,在拔罐的时候不要乱动,以免罐子从身体上坠落。


[拔罐减肥注意事项]

患者在过饥、过饱、过劳、过渴、高热、高度水肿、高度神经质、皮肤高度过敏、皮肤破损、皮肤弹性极差、严重皮肤病、肿瘤、血友病、活动性肺结核、月经期、孕期,均应禁用或慎用拔罐减肥。


经络减肥

经络减肥是指应用中医辨证论治的原理,从调整内分泌下手,通过磁针、针灸等中医方法的综合调治,对肥胖者的神经和内分泌功能进行调整,从而达到瘦身的效果。主要包括两种形式:


1.经络法
磁石经络法

中医在经络减肥方面有其独特的形式,就是以黑膏药添加磁石的形式出现。千百年来,黑膏药在中医领域一直发挥着重要作用,是中医治疗形式的灵魂之一。通过磁石在神阙穴(肚脐)的调节功效及黑膏药的透皮吸收作用,可以激发经气,通经脉,促进气血运行,提高肠蠕动力度,增加脂质物质的排泄,消除排便不畅,腹胀等不良现象。此法现已令很多朋友成功瘦身,并获得大量好评。


2.按摩法

按摩法又称穴位“推腹”法、点穴减肥法。利用中医穴位经络减肥“推腹”,

“推腹法”穴位图

不但减少胃部、腹部的赘肉,而且可以治好很多的慢性疾病,有句话叫做“一切慢性疾病都可以通过推腹法调理治疗。”


在推的过程中,要仔细感觉身体的反应,我们可能会感觉到腹部某个区域或痛,或胀、或酸,或麻,或有水声,或有硬块(这些问题部位要着重推),或推着推着有放屁、打嗝、嗳气的现象,这些问题都是很常见的,正是这些不良症状导致我们的代谢不畅,毒素聚积难以排出,导致我们的肥胖。


点穴减肥是根据中国传统的自然疗法摸索出的一套全新的减肥方法,它完全摒弃化学合成药物,充分利用自然环境的各种因素、物质和信息防病治