LOOSE WEIGHT - LONG TERM - EFFECTIVELY
Why traditional dieting does not work...
Traditional ways of losing weight make most (not all) hormonal body functions worse. When your body becomes overwhelmed by stress, it starts to pump out excess cortisol, the belly fat hormone. Dieting means starving the body; exercise is stress to the body. Anything that adds stress makes the weight loss problem worse. This is why those sit-ups never worked - because contracting your abdominal muscles do not lower cortisol.
Most people think that they need to lose weight in order to be healthy. IT IS THE OPPOSITE: YOU NEED TO BE HEALTHY IN ORDER TO LOSE WEIGHT! When your digestion and your body functions are optimal, it is much easier to loose weight. For example, if you have chronic pain, your cortisol levels are high which in turn increases your insulin levels, a major contributor to fat storage.
Simply putting your focus on eating fewer calories than you burn is a losing strategy. This oversimplified numerical approach treats all calories as equal — which they are not. The nature and quality of those calories matter.
Our bodies require a consistent balance of healthy macro-nutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates), as well as micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals), plus adequate phytonutrients, enzymes, fiber, water, and so on in order to function optimally.
When we are missing these elements, our energy levels drop, our hormones and neurotransmitters get imbalanced, and our metabolism stops working efficiently. Our vitality suffers, and our bodies don’t regulate much of anything (including our weight and body composition) as they are designed to.
We offer an effective long term Weight loss program because:
TCM can balance your organ function, mainly Liver, Kidney, Lung and Heart
TCM can improve your digestion dramtically. Health starts at the digestive function.
TCM can change your body imbalances long term.
TCM understands your body type and sets 'realistic' goals.
The 4 "problematic" body types that can lead to excess weight gain or obesity.
The ADRENAL body type will have a tendency to a sagging belly and a buffalo hump. The OVARY body types will have fat collected on the hips and thighs. The THYROID body type will collect fat all over the body and especially in the limbs. And the LIVER type will have a protruding “beer” belly.
The reality is, you are mixture of different types. Only TCM knows how to address this issue in a balanced approach.
Much of your excess weight is water coming from a mal-function of the your water metabolism. Excess water will cause more stagnation and in turn accumulate fat. The fat that your body collects is a sign of organ or gland stress. Once the stress is removed from the mal-functioning organ or gland the body can turn on the fat burning hormones and then its time to get the new wardrobe!
We also recognize the function of the 3 fat building and 6 fat-burning hormones but then go a step further and specifically design treatment protocols according to your body type and make diet suggestions based on Chinese Medicine and your individual constitution. E.g. if you are "yang" deficient you will not be able to transform most of the water entering your metabolism and you will accumulate unnecessary water which in turn leads to stagnation and more accumulation of "yin" body fats. TCM treatments target multiple organ aspects simultaneously but we have very sophisticated diagonstics to monitor the changes including "pulse and tongue reading" and many more.
The effectiveness and beauty of acupuncture is that each treatment is selected to your individual needs. We recognize your body type and treat it accordingly. Acupuncture points on the body are chosen for an overall well-being with the main objective of increasing your blood and Qi, stimulating your metabolism and endocrine system, energizing your body, eliminating fatigue, maximizing your absorption of nutrients, regulating elimination, control your overeating, suppressing your appetite, calming your nervous system and reducing anxiety.
In addition to treating the root and imbalances contributing to your weight gain, different acupuncture points may be chosen at each treatment as different symptoms or imbalances arise. For instance, if you are experiencing a desire to overeat related to PMS one week, then this can be addressed at that particular week's appointment, or if there has been an emotional crises, that can be addressed during that particular treatment.
How Does the Weight Loss Program Work?
Generally, treatments are scheduled once or twice a week for 15-30 weeks depending on the severity of the imbalances and the goals that you wish to accomplish. The treatments include a combination of auricular (ear) and body acupuncture, ear tacs or seeds to leave with between treatments to assist in suppressing appetite, herbs, supplements, breathing exercises, an exercise regime, diet and lifestyle recommendations. The combination of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs deliver a powerful treatment approach but either Acupuncture or Herbs can be used as stand alone treatment.