Does traditional Chinese medicine for weight loss exist? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, losing weight is all about restoring balance in the body. When you’re out of balance, your body will store fat as a way of protecting itself. But by restoring balance – through acupuncture, herbs, and dietary changes – you can encourage your body to let go of that stored fat.
One important part of restoring balance is getting rid of toxins that have built up over time. Toxins can come from the environment, but they can also come from the food we eat and the products we use. By detoxifying your body, you can help it return to its natural state of equilibrium.
Here are a few TCM dietary principles that will help you stay healthy:
Eat at regular hours and never skip breakfast
The Stomach meridian is at its peak between 7:00 and 9:00am, making this the best time to have breakfast. The last meal of the day should be light and taken at least four hours before going to bed.
Eat protein with every meal
Your digestive system processes proteins more slowly than carbohydrates, and this keeps the blood glucose more even. Some good sources of protein are: eggs, chicken and other meats (preferably organic), fish, lentils, beans, soy, as well as nuts and seeds.
Drink warm water or herbal tea before each meal
By doing so, the stomach muscles will relax and the meal will be digested easier.
Avoid sweets and deep-fried foods altogether
According to TCM, sweets and too many oily foods damage the Spleen (the Spleen and Stomach meridians form a pair that is responsible for digestion). By eating these foods, you will impair the digestive system’s capacity to properly process its contents, which will lead to: bloating, gas, fatigue, and foggy thinking.
Eat according to the seasons
This principle helps support good digestion. During the winter, you should eat warm foods such as soups and cooked meals with meats and root vegetables that are in season. During the summer, it’s important to cut down on meat consumption and eat more cooling foods like salads and raw veggies.
Detox once a year
The myriad of chemicals you are exposed to, sedentary habits, and the stresses of life lead to the accumulation of toxins in all body tissues. A body that is burdened with toxins is sluggish. This can lead to fatigue, poor immunity, chronic infections, and many other conditions. By doing a body “spring cleaning”, you will improve your digestion and health, and most likely shed unwanted pounds.
We at Kian Wellness believe it is important to restore balance to your body. Our variety of Traditional Chinese herbs to help with your nutrition. We also offer acupuncture, Tui Na, Gua Sha Therapy, and Emsculpt. There are plenty of ways to become the most balanced version of yourself. Check out our list of treatments to see how we can help you today.