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In Chinese medicine, a combination of acupuncture, herbs, dietary control, abdominal massage and breathing exercises are used to speed digestion and address the underlying imbalances that are thought to lead to weight gain. Chinese medicine is not a miracle cure, but when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it may help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Foods With Strong Flavors

According to Chinese medicine, bitter, sour and pungent foods are good for weight loss. Avoid sweet, salty and greasy foods, which can lead to weight gain.

Herbs

Certain Chinese herbs help suppress appetite, increase metabolism and burn fat. Some Chinese herbs thought to be beneficial for weight loss include He Ye (lotus leaf), Fu Ling, Huang Qi and Che Qian Cao. Bao He Wan is an over-the-counter Chinese weight-loss remedy that contains a number of herbs. For the best results, consult a practitioner of Chinese medicine who can design a treatment plan catered to your needs.

Warm Beverages

Cold beverages are believed to slow digestion. Instead, drink a warm Chinese tea like oolong with your meals to emulsify fat and aid digestion. Also, choose warm meals like steamed vegetables, stir fry and soups instead of cold foods like raw fruits and vegetables.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture may help curb appetite, speed metabolism and maximize the absorption of nutrients. According to Chinese medicine, when needles are inserted into certain points of the body, they restore underlying imbalances and replenish the flow of qi, or life energy. Stagnant qi in certain areas of the body can lead to weight gain. Have a consultation with an acupuncturist for a thorough examination to figure out what points on your body need to be stimulated.

Ear acupuncture is believed to be particularly effective for weight loss because the ear contains points that correspond to all major organs and body parts. Acupuncturists sometimes place beads or magnets on the auricular points after each acupuncture treatment to maintain effectiveness between sessions. Massage the beads or magnets for about ten seconds any time you have a food craving.

Abdominal Massage

Every morning and evening, give yourself an abdominal massage by using your fingers to exert pressure in the direction of your large intestines in order to promote digestion. Practice breathing deeply from your abdomen every morning to curb food cravings, increase energy and promote relaxation.

Tip

A healthy diet and exercise are an essential part of any weight-loss program. Remember to eat a balanced diet and exercise at least 30 minutes a day.

Warning

Talk to your doctor before taking any Chinese herbal remedy. The effects of these formulas are not scientifically proven, and some could be dangerous if used improperly.

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