Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Weight Loss


If you’re looking for a quick solution for weight loss, you’re not going to find it here! In fact, you’re not going to find it anywhere!

Weight is such a tricky subject for so many people. We are often judged by how we look and how we are able to perform. As a nation, we have seen a steady uptick in overall obesity rates.

Weight gain contributes to a number of issues in our patients: discomfort, pain, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems and more. Losing weight is never going to be an easy fix. Even those for whom surgery (like lap band or gastric bypass) is an option, those patients need to understand that those procedures are only the beginning of a lifetime of creating new, healthier dietary, exercise and lifestyle choices.

But there are steps you can take, without resorting to surgery, to help begin the process. We wouldn’t tell you that it’s going to be easy but we can tell you that, with the right information and a strong support system, it will be manageable and easier.

Start by talking with your doctor or medical practitioner. You may need to be monitored for certain conditions during this process. Let each practitioner know about the others, as well. Tell your doctors that you are also seeing an acupuncturist or a chiropractor, etc.

Acupuncture can help bring your energy (qi) into balance to help begin the process of evaluating your life choices and educating yourself to create new ones. And Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help supplement those choices.



One example of a TCM herbal supplement that may help support your weight loss journey is that of Bao He Wan. Bao He Wan helps aid in gastric fullness or distention. It helps minimize the effects of diarrhea and nausea. It also helps curb acid reflux and even has been known to alleviate the symptoms of certain types of food poisoning and hangovers!

The ingredients in Bao He Wan include:

— Shan Zha (Hawthorn)

— Zhi Ban Xia (Rhizoma)

— Fu Ling (Poria)

–Chen Pi (Tangerine Peel)

— Lian Qiao (Forsythia)

— Lai Fu Zi (Daikon Radish)

— Mai Ya (Barley Sprout)

Because Bao He Wan does contain barley, those with gluten allergies might want to refrain.

But if you’re interested in learning how Traditional Chinese Medicine might help with you weight loss plans, please come in and talk with us here at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness!


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