Weight Loss

Weight Loss

How to Lose Weight Using Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), obesity is considered an excess accumulation of Dampness in the body. Qi Deficiency and Yang Deficiency have an impact on the Spleen and Kidney functions to metabolize water according to Chinese medicine; these leads to Internal Damp accumulation. Liver Qi Stagnation with emotional disturbances or stress can also cause Qi Stagnation and accumulation of Dampness.

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Constitutional Patterns Causing Weight Gain in Chinese Medicine

Spleen Qi Deficiency and Weight Lossrestore-the-middle-way-organic herbal spleen tonic

Qi deficiency and Damp accumulation are due to Spleen’s inability to transport water. Spleen controls the muscles and deficiency will lead to flaccid muscle tones. Feeling of heaviness is the combination of weakness of the muscles together with accumulation of Dampness. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula!

Other symptoms include:

  • Feeling of heaviness in the body – This is indicative of Internal Dampness.
  • Fatigue - Spleen’s inability to transform food into Qi energy results in low energy. 
  • Perspiration – Perspiring without physical excursion is due to the body’s inability to control the opening and closing of the pores because of Qi Deficiency.

People that tend to gain weight even with little food intake would fall under this pattern. This is attributed to over accumulation of Dampness and fluids in the body interfering with metabolism. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula!

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Kidney Yang Deficiency and Weight Losskidney yang essential oils

In the Yin Yang theory of Chinese medicine, Yang energies are the warming qualities of the body. Possible indications of Kidney Yang Deficiency:

Kidney Yang Deficiency is the primary cause of Dampness accumulation in the body as it cannot warm up the Spleen Yang so that it can properly transform and transport fluids. Consider our organic Ancestor Treasure Yang formula used with our organic Yin Valley formula!

 

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Liver Qi Stagnation and Weight Gainfree and easy wanderer organic chinese herbal formula

Liver Qi Stagnation and Blood Stagnation blocks the activities of the Spleen to metabolize and
transport water freely in the body. As a result, Internal Dampness accumulates. Symptoms of Liver constraints include:

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Stomach Heat and Weight Gain

Prolonged Liver Qi constraints that are left untreated for an extended period of time can lead to Liver Yang rising associated with excess heat in the body. This heat can consume Yin and lead to Stomach Yin Deficiency with symptoms of hunger sensations, food cravings, or sweet cravings frequently throughout the day, even shortly after eating. Other indications of Stomach Heat would include:

  • Strong hunger
  • Foul breath
  • Thirst
  • Constipation with dry stools

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Hormonal Imbalances Leading to Weight Gainliver detox remedy with essential oils

Many women experience weight gain as part of their PMS symptoms, or during menopause. In Chinese medical theory, there is no endocrine system technically. However, Chinese medicine is excellent at addressing all types of hormonal imbalances including peri-menopausal symptoms, PMS, infertility, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and PCOS. When hormonal imbalances are treated with Chinese medicine, Liver imbalances and Kidney Deficiency are central and addressed as described above. Consider our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula used with our organic Yin Valley formula!

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Causes of Obesity in Chinese Medicine

  1. Ancestral Qi or a familial disposition to weight gain issues: This is often a genetic disposition to Spleen Deficiency or Kidney Deficiency.
  2. Improper Dietary Habits: Those who eat a lot of greasy or fatty foods, sweets, or refined foods are likely to accumulate Dampness in the body.
  3. Spleen or Kidney Deficiency: These two organs are directly responsible for metabolizing water in the body. When either or both the organs are impaired or deficient, Internal Dampness can accumulate in the body.
  4. Emotional Factors: Prolonged emotional constraints, unresolved anger, and stress create Liver Qi Stagnation obstructing Qi flow in the body and create stagnation, which impairs the Spleen and Kidney’s functions to transport and dispel water. Dampness accumulates as a result.
  5. Lack of Exercise: Insufficient movement of the body leads to Qi Stagnation and Blood Stagnation, which results in Damp accumulation.

Unintended Weight Loss in Chinese Medicine

In today's society, most individuals are trying to trim down; however, weight loss can be an indications of chronic illness or a Spleen Qi imbalance marked by a lack of appetite and/or nausea. 

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References

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