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WEIGHT LOSS 


Nutrition

[Consume large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables

[Drink six to eight glasses of water on a daily basis.

[Drink tea(specially pu-er, green, oolong, and black tea) as it helps to flush the oils from the intestines.

[Decrease the consumption of red meat, fatty foods, processed or fried foods, soda, pastries, pies, doughnuts, candy, etc.

[Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day instead of a few large ones. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly.

Lifestyle Instructions

[The importance of a regular exercise routine cannot be over-emphasized. Exercise will stimulate the glands, improve energy levels, normalize metabolic functions, reduce fat and burn calories.

[Following exercise can also be done in the shower to help weight loss: While in the shower, use a luffa to massage the body in a circular motion starting from the toes to the heart, then the fingers to the heart. It is preferable to follow the channels while massaging to achieve maximum effect. Spend extra time to massage those places with the most fat deposits. Metabolism at those places where fat accumulates is usually slower and the surrounding muscles are not used as much. Therefore, massaging will enhance circulation to the area to help break up the stagnation. after the shower, drink one glass of water and soak in a tub with water that is warmer than 108° F. a High temperature bath stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and increases metabolism in a short period of time to help invigorate the body. However, this temperature is not suitable for long periods of soaking. One should not soak until he or she is dizzy. Finally, rinse off with cold water for at least 20 to 30 seconds to help tighten up muscle tone. [Note: For individuals who have wei (defensive) qi deficiency or those who catch colds frequently, it is not recommended to start this cold water rinsing regimen, as extreme changes in water temperature from high to low may trigger them to catch a cold. It is better to gradually lower the temperature, starting from warm then to cold water so the body can become accustomed to the change. Once the pores are conditioned to open and close with this temperature change, the body will become less susceptible to catching a cold.]

Clinical Notes

[The amount of weight loss is designed to help with weight loss safely and gradually. Individuals who follow this format lose an average of one pound per week.

[Do not to lose weight drastically. Rapid weight loss may be hazardous and is more likely to lead to rebound weight gain.

[It is extremely important to change the dietary and exercise habits to avoid rebound weight gain.

Western Medical Approach

Obesity is a increasingly common health problem that has few treatment options available. Due to diet and lifestyle changes, many people in developed countries now struggle continual weight gain. Furthermore, there are few or no drug treatments available. Many older drugs, such as "fen-phen" (fenfluramine and phentermine) and dexfenfluramine, are now rarely used or withdrawn from the market because of serious and potentially life-threatening side effects, such as cardiac valvular dysfunction. Currently, there are only two drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for long-term weight loss, and they both have serious side effects. Xenical (Orlistat) reduces body weight by blocking absorption of fat in the digestive tract. Because it interferes with  the normal absorption process, this drug is known to cause many gastrointestinal side effects, such as fecal incontinence, fecal urgency, flatulence with discharge, increased defecation, oily evacuation, oily rectal leakage, steatorrhea, and projectile diarrhea. Meridia (Sibutramine) is a stimulant agent that causes weight loss by increasing metabolism and suppressing appetite. Similar to many other stimulant weight-loss drugs, use of Meridia (Sibutramine) may cause anorexia, anxiety, constipation, dizziness, headache, insomnia, irritability, nervousness, rhinitis, xerostomia, hypertension, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia's, seizure and stroke.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach

Obesity may be treated with herbs that suppress appetite, increase energy and metabolism, and eliminate accumulation of dampness and water. Use of herbs has been shown to be effectively to slowly and steadily lower body weight. Based on this herbal formula. Therefore,this formula is considered a gentle formula that needs to be taken on a long-term basis for optimal results.For those who are grossly overweight and have immediate health risks,use of this formula  is inappropriate and not recommend,as it will not cause instantaneous weight loss.Lastly,it is extremely important to remember there is no magic bullet for weight loss.Without commitment to changing diet and lifestyles,use of either drugs or herbs will have limited effectiveness.The practitioners and patients must work together to achieve significant and sustainable clinical results.

 

Case Studies

A 53-year-old- female business owner presented with low energy,muscle pain and low back pain.The patient was 45 pounds overweight.Pain was felt in her lumber area upon palpation.the pulse was slow and the tongue was pale and swollen with a thin white coat.The practitioner diagnosed the condition as Kidney Yang deficiency,qi deficiency and liver yang excess.The partitioner also suspected a possibility of hypothyroidism,which had yet to be confirmed by lap tests.The patient was treated with herbal,acupuncture.and diet modification.She then lost 43 pounds in 4 months and her energy level increased dramatically.The pain in her low back had also disappeared.herbals appeared to suppress her food cravings,increase her energy and improve her psychological status.The patient became more energetic,radiant,and positive.

A 32 year old female computer technician who had gained almost 20 pounds within a year was diagnosed with damp and phlegm stagnation.Objective findings included a pale tongue body with teeth marks,a "rolling" pulse,low energy,slow metabolism.Weight loss from taking herbal gradually after two weeks of the initial intake of the formula.Within six months of herbal treatment,she had lost another 40 pounds,had increased energy level,and felt better about herself.

 

A 49 year old perimenopausal female presented with cold extremities,easily fatigued,and weight gain.The practitioner diagnosed her condition as yang deficiency.After a little more than a week of taking herbal,the patient lost 5 pounds.Along with the weight loss,she also felt more energized,had reduced appetite and felt warm sensations in her extremities.Dietary modifications,fluid intake,and exercise such as yoga were also implemented into her protocol.