Does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Help in Weight Loss?

 

The answer is yes, it does! In fact, TCM has been used for thousands of years ago to manage weight in a holistic and natural way.

Obesity and Weight problems are seen as a sign of underlying health problems in TCM. The most common reason behind weight gain is excessive “dampness” in the body. According to TCM principles, “dampness” accumulates in the body when food consumption, digestion, and absorption of food are out of balance. This is why TCM advises against consuming too many cold drinks, sweet and oily foods.

The excessive consumption of these foods may easily overload the stomach and spleen function. When the function of these two organs is affected, nutrient absorption and transportation to the rest of the body becomes slow and sluggish, leading to fat accumulation that eventually turns into “dampness”. Hence, one of the key strategies in TCM weight management is to eliminate “dampness” from the body.

Acupuncture Slimming

Another popular TCM treatment is acupuncture slimming, which improves digestion and suppresses appetite. In many cases, stress and lack of sleep can lead to stress eating. Stress also affects liver function, causing qi energy to become sluggish, which in turn affects blood flow. Acupuncture also helps manage stress levels and improve your quality of sleep by stimulating the release of endorphins, which relax the nerves and calms the body.

Ear Acupuncture

If you are prone to food cravings, ear acupuncture can help control the urge to overeat by targeting acupuncture points around the ear. This has been shown to reduce addictions. Acupuncture also increases the body’s metabolism, which allows the body to convert food into fuel instead of being stored as fat.

Chinese Herbal Medication

Chinese herbal medication also works together to regulate imbalanced organ function and restore balance to the body, therefore helping you achieve the ideal weight. Your TCM physician will prescribe a personalized herbal medication based on your body type.

In addition, your TCM physician may encourage you to eat more bitter, sour, and pungent foods such as bitter gourd, lemon, ginger. These food groups help in weight loss by promoting digestion.

Apart from its benefits, TCM has reported no known adverse side effects. Hence it is safe and suitable for people from all walks of life. However TCM is not a quick fix solution to weight loss, and works best when paired with a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

At Syoujin, we combine the best of traditional and modern weight management treatments to help you manage your weight effectively. Our qualified TCM physicians will consult you for an in-depth health assessment by checking your pulse and tongue. Depending on your weight goals and body constitution, our TCM physician will prescribe a tailored weight management plan combining acupuncture and herbal medication.

Other treatments such as Moxibustion Heat Therapy, Cupping, and Gua Sha may also be combined to remove water retention and break up stubborn saturated fats. For more information, call or WhatsApp +65 9833 8171 to book an appointment. You may choose to send in your booking details on our booking page.