The basic premise behind Chinese weight loss is that excess weight is not the problem. Instead, excess weight is a symptom of an internal problem caused by an imbalance among internal organs; however, Chinese traditional medicine is not only about helping balance organs.
The philosophy behind Chinese medicine is a collective combination of the following tenets: the universe, including human beings, is governed by natural laws; the natural order of the universe is innately balanced and harmonious; all living things are independent and connected; human beings are affected to all facets of their environment; and change is constant.
Chinese weight loss consists of five different methods:
Chinese dietary advice includes balancing the spleen and the stomach to make digestion effective. To balance internal organs, it’s recommended to eat a balanced diet. According to Chinese traditional medicine, the best diet consists of varying portions of the three general Chinese food groups:
- Fruits and Vegetables
Carbohydrates strengthen the spleen to help it create energy, proteins help nourish Qi and fruits and vegetables help cool the warmer carbohydrates and proteins. By varying the portions, a balance can be achieved that leads to a stronger metabolism and a reduction in water weight.
It’s best to eat carbohydrate rich meals early before 11:00 A.M. As the day progresses, smaller meals should be eaten to help the body slow down and prepare for sleep. It’s important to eat while you’re relaxed and not stressed or in a hurry. Avoiding meals after 9:00 P.M is recommended.
It’s also important to buy fresh, seasonal, locally grown produce, and choose fruits and vegetables that are vibrant in color. Too much raw food in the diet weakens the spleen. It’s recommended to eat most foods at body temperature or higher.
Chinese medicine advises eating until you’re almost full, and it’s also important not to skip meals.
Herbal Chinese Medicine
Although diet is regarded as the first and best type of treatment, herbs and acupuncture are used if the proper Chinese diet does not cure the problem. There are several different kinds of Chinese herbs that are modified to fit specific individuals. The only way to get the correct combination of herbs is to meet with someone who is an expert in Chinese medicine. Be sure to discuss any medications you’re taking and ask about any interactions, especially with prescription medications.
Most people are familiar with acupuncture. Acupuncture is often used for pain relief, but it also helps unblock meridians and Qi.
According to the Positive Health article “Wellbeing with Chinese Medicine. Weight Loss Using Chinese Medicine,” studies have shown that acupuncture helps curb the appetite, and acupuncture has also been shown to reduce weight for those who suffer from hyperglycemia, hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Regular, moderate exercise such as fast walking is recommended by Chinese medicine to help invigorate the Qi. Qigong exercises will also help you lose weight.
Three Simple Qigong Exercises
Massage is recommended in Chinese medicine to help unblock meridians, boost the immune, help blood circulation and loosen stiff muscles and joints. For Chinese Tui na massage, the practitioner focuses on different points in the body to help restore balance.
A. D’Alberto. “Wellbeing with Chinese Medicine. Weight Loss Using Chinese Medicine,” Positive Health. May 2006 (123): 16-7.
“Traditional Chinese Medicine.” Joan Schonbeck. and Teresa G. Odle. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Ed. Laurie Fundukian. 2009. 4 vols.