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How does Chinese medicine work for weight control?

Losing weight as part of weight management is important because weighing too much is not good for your health. You have tried many different methods to lose weight but not working? Here's a natural way that can help you to regain your balance to lose weight.  Our weight loss program combines the positive effects of electro-acupuncture, cupping, ear-seeds therapy and  herbal medicine that helps:

  • increasing metabolism and enhancing digestion and use of nutrients by adjusting hormone imbalances

  • drop in Insulin and Leptin that are regulating metabolism and fat storage

  • increase of Ghrelin, a hormone regulating hunger and the distribution and rate of use of energy

  • reduction of stress hormone Cortisol, a major disruption hormone for digestion contributing to depression

  • addressing weight gain due to menopause symptoms or PMS

  • strengthening the function of the liver, responsible for break down of fat and processing nutrients

  • improving muscle tone of stomach helping to alert abdominal fullness early

  • curbing appetite and quelling cravings with a natural treatment without side effects


What is Elector-acupuncture and how does it work for weight loss?

Acupuncture treatment stimulates the release of Endorphin, the body’s natural “feel good” hormones. That creates a calming, relaxing effect, which counteracts the need for excessive eating. What makes electro-acupuncture different is that after the needles are inserted into selected acupoints, they are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. Ruth will adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. A study has suggested that electroacupuncture not only can help reduce weight but may decrease one’s total cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL cholesterol.


What is auricular acupuncture?

Auriculotherapy/ Ear acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the ear to elicit a therapeutic response in corresponding parts of the body. When a point on the ear is stimulated, it sends a signal to the brain that is then transported to the area of the body being treated. It is like reflexology on the ear.

After the electro-acupuncture treatment, a small magnet will be taped onto various acupuncture points of the ear that patient is supposed to squeeze every time he/she feels hungry. This therapy can restore areas of  deficiency in your spleen and stomach systems that can cause food cravings. Common auricular points in will be Point Zero (Shen-Men神门) point can help to calm and solve anxiety, anger, frustration and insecurity that may lead to eating disorders (Joey Komada, L.Ac.).


A study by Professor Sabina Lim, at the East-West Medical Research Institute at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea, showed that auricular acupuncture decreases 6% in body mass index after 8 weeks of treatment.  


How does herbal medicine help for weight loss?

The herbal solution supports the weight loss with acupuncture by balancing blood sugar which gives the body strength, energy and helps to maintain a healthy balance. Depending on the condition the practitioner might add herbs such as Codonopsis (Dang-shen 党参)Coix seeds (Yi-yi-ren薏苡仁) and Atractylodes macrocephala (Bai-zhu白术) to tonify stomach Qi, reduce inner-dampness and promote digestion.


How many sessions will I need?

The frequency and length of program really depends on your goals and body conditions.  If you plan on losing 10 kilograms, having one to two treatments a week for six to eight weeks is a common program. You are recommended to begin with 6 treatments to see how your body reacts. Ruth will review and adjust the herbal formula on each visit.

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