Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Weight Loss


Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that a balanced spleen and stomach can induce weight loss. The body needs to have good ability to break down and extract nutrients while sending the waste materials to the intestines for proper elimination. If a person consumes a large amount of greasy foods such as sweet cakes and fried meats, the stomach will have trouble digesting these foods, and thus they will be detained in it. The speed of metabolism also needed to increase, allowing the body to process and utilize nutrients with greater efficiency while providing energy and vitality. Spleen needs to have ability to transport water efficiently in order to help the body remove excessive water and harmful toxic accumulations.

Chinese Tea and Weight Loss

Tea drinking is very popular in China. Many people in China drink tea every day. A research suggests that the polyphenols from oolong tea, green tea black tea or pu-erh tea help increasing weight loss and fat burn even in the presence of a high sugar diet. One type of these polyphenols, called catechins, may help keep your metabolism from slowing down as you lose weight. In any healthy diet, what you choose to drink every day is as important as what you eat. Ask yourself one question: How many calories can you cut from your diet if you replace soda with Chinese tea?

There are also different types of China slim teas in the market. They may promise to deliver quick result. If you look at the list of ingredients carefully, you will find senna leaf. Senna is a natural FDA-approved over-the counter laxative that is used to treat constipation or clear the bowels before a medical procedure such as a colonoscopy.

Laxatives temporarily reduce body weight because they encourage loss of water, indigestible fiber and wastes. They act on the large intestine, long after most food and calories have been absorbed by the small intestine. You may feel skinnier after taking laxatives but it is mainly caused by loss of water, which will immediately return once the body is rehydrated.

Chinese Herbs for Weight Loss

Some Chinese herbs can help increase metabolism, suppress appetite and burn fat. Commonly used Chinese herbs thought to be beneficial for weight loss include Chen Pi, Fu Ling, Lai Fu Zi and Shan Zha.

Bao He Wan is a Chinese herbal formula for weight loss that contains a number of herbs. It is used to stimulate digestion, remove retained food and regulate the stomach function. It is one of the most popular indigestion remedies in China that people use to assist digestion.

Where to buy: Bao He Wan

How to use: Bao He Wan can be used in the forms of powder and capsules.

Acupuncture Treatment for Weight Loss

Acupuncture has been used to treat weight loss by strengthening the spleen and stomach, regulating the endocrine function, reducing appetite, increasing defecation and increasing overall energy and vitality. Acupuncture combined with healthy diet and exercise is very effective in reducing the excess weight and maintaining it.

Ear acupuncture is one of the popular acupuncture treatments for weight loss, also known as auricular acupuncture for weight loss. It is used to control appetite. The Journal of Medical Acupuncture conducted a study on the weight loss achieved through acupuncture and the results were very promising. The results show that the weight loss in persons who received acupuncture treatment was three times more than the person who did not receive it. It is important to note that ear acupuncture treatments must be administered by qualified and experienced acupuncturist.

There are ear seeds or ear magnets that can be used to stimulate auricular acupuncture points. Some acupuncturists may apply ear seeds at the end of a session to prolong the effects of the treatment. Most studies suggest that using needles or applying pressure on the acupuncture points deliver a much better result than using ear seeds. Researchers haven’t ruled out ear seeds completely, but further studies would be necessary to consider ear seeds as an effective treatment.

If you are a do-it-yourself type, you can also try stimulating acupressure points for weight loss on your own.

How to choose the right weight loss treatment?

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine

Central Academy of Fine Arts
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China