In TCM, weight gain is caused by spleen qi deficiency, leading to excessive moisture being trapped inside the body, known as "dampness." The digestive system becomes weakened, making it more difficult for the body to absorb and transport food.
Spleen qi deficiency can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor diet, irregular eating, over-exertion, anxiety and depression - which have been shown to negatively affect digestive metabolism and lead to poor nutrient absorption. As a result, you may eat more, still feel hungry and be reaching for foods loaded with sugar and salt.
Other imbalance can be restored to harmony with TCM, encouraging weight loss.
Acupuncture assists weight loss
Improving digestion, including bowel function
Regulating gut microbiota to encourage healthy bacteria and discourage unhealthy bacteria
Regulating fat metabolism
Bringing fat-controlling hormones to normal levels
One particularly popular method for weight loss is auricular acupuncture, which targets points of the ear that control food cravings. This also harmonises the flow of energy in the stomach and intestines, which improves digestion and aids weight loss.
It may include acupuncture, cupping, massage and external application of herbal remedies customised for each individual.
Dietary and exercise advice is given for further improvement of results.