Acupuncture and Weight Loss
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the spleen organ system is usually targeted to aid in weight loss. The function of the spleen system is to correctly metabolize the food we eat into Qi (pronounced Chee- energy) and blood. When this system becomes taxed (mostly from dietary irregularities, overwork, and overworry) it loses its ability to metabolize correctly and symptoms such as bloating, fatigue, and weight gain typically occur.
The increase in consumption of processed foods, fast food, and energy drinks has left many Americans overweight, under-nourished, and on a fast-paced road to disease. However, for others, weight gain may be attributed to a medication’s side effect, thyroid disorder, or other underlying medical condition. Whatever the cause, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you achieve your weight loss goals.
What Is Considered Overweight in America?
According to the CDC, overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems.
For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat. An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. An adult who has a BMI of 30 and higher is considered obese.
Obesity has become a national health crisis in America and it is expected that by the year 2030, 86% of Americans will be overweight. Left unaddressed, researchers fear that children and young adults will have a shorter life span than their parents.