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TCM and Weight loss.
The Neijing Su Wen (The book of plain questions) says in chapter 28 “If obesity occurs in the noblemen and the rich people, there must be an over consumption of heavy and greasy foods”. Weight gain is not a new phenomenon, and western society seems to be battling obesity and weight gain in all age groups. The principles have remained the same over the ages, with body weight accumulating when too many calories are taken in and too few calories go out.
From the TCM point of view, weight gain, and a slow metabolism is considered to be an accumulation of damp and phlegm. The spleen is responsible for the production of damp and phlegm as one of its main functions is transformation and transportation, or T and T as we learned in college.
If the spleen function becomes impaired because of an over consumption of “heavy and greasy” foods and a lack of sufficient exercise then it will not be able to properly transform and transport, therefore the spleen function becomes damaged. Metabolic wastes will accumulate and transform into damp, the body will gain weight and eventually if untreated this damp will transform into phlegm and fat tissue.
The patient seeking treatment for weight loss very often wants an instant solution and may have tried many diets, so a discussion before treatment is essential. The practitioner must ensure the patient knows that the treatment, which will help to improve the function of the body metabolism should be accompanied by a reduction of heavy , greasy, sweet foods, and the introduction of some exercise. Acupuncture alone will not be sufficient for a reduction of weight if the patient is not cooperative.
Points to use. (Body)
Sp 6, Sanyinjiao,(to improve the function of the spleen and tonify all of the yin organs. St 36, Susanli, to tonify sluggish qi)
Sp 9, Yinlingquan, (To resolve damp)
St, 40 Fenglong (To resolve phlegm)
PC 6 Neiguan (To treat anxiety as over consumption of foods and weight gain has an emotional factor)
Use other body points according to your TCM diagnosis and tongue and pulse readings.
Local points on the abdomen, used in Chinese hospitals help to tighten the abdomen and stimulate the qi and blood locally.
Shenmen (Anxiety) Ask the patient to press and hold for 10 beats before eating.
Hunger point (To deal with cravings) Press for 10 before eating and on waking.
Needle ear points on a sterile ear on one side, and seed the other ear on the same points.
The patient goes home with the seeds in the ear. Advice is keep dry and press for 10 beats before eating.
Eat small portions 5 times a day (3 healthy meals, 2 healthy snacks)
Lifestyle advice. Keep a food and exercise diary.
Drink 8 glasses of fluid (water, tea, unsweetened juice) throughout the day.
Allow 6 – 9 treatments, once a week as a treatment programme
Produce an information leaflet for your clinic to inform your patients on how Chinese medicine treats weight gain and slow metabolic function.
Bernadette Ward, MSc (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
[ Modified: Friday, 3 August 2012, 07:19 AM ]