How Traditional Chinese Medicine Helps with Weight WellnessHow Traditional Chinese Medicine Helps with Weight Wellness

By Albert Vaca, L.Ac.

For many people, weight loss is a top goal for the New Year. Whether itís to tackle current health problems or to look good in the mirror, millions of people embark on this often-frustrating journey, repeatedly for some of them. Many lose some pounds only to put them back on again. Our advice is: Avoid getting caught in a vicious cycle of going from diet to diet without experiencing any real results.

With Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we address weight wellness with our patients. Looking at underlying issues, we work with each patient to develop a customized plan that may include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional advice and exercise.

Underlying stress can cause hormones to fluctuate. Cortisol levels can rise and contribute to unwanted abdominal fat or can lead your body to crave sugar as well as high-fat, salty foods. The hunger-related hormones, leptin and ghrelin, which tell you when youíre full or hungry donít always communicate as well as they should, and can perpetuate an unhealthy cycle of dieting. Toxicity in your tissues also can cause inflammation that hangs on to excess pounds. This toxicity overworks the liver and kidneys, the major cleansing organs, and causes an imbalance that may lead to digestive weakness and slow metabolism.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be stimulating a nerve response to help your body function at its best. We focus on helping to clear any toxic chemicals from your body, reducing your stress, regulating your hormones and sparking your metabolism to bring your body into a more balanced state.

Even making small modifications to your lifestyle can go a long way toward living a healthier life and avoiding excess weight. For support with your weight concerns, schedule an appointment with a TCM practitioner. Give your body the support it needs to live optimally.

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