Excess weight is often seen as an accumulation of dampness in the body, and is commonly brought on by a dysfunction of the stomach and spleen. The kidneys are another factor in excessive weight. A “deficiency” in the kidneys can lead to low willpower, making it difficult to say “no” to those tempting foods high-kilojoule foods, and difficult to say “yes” to an exercise regime.
Deficiency in the yang, or “vital” aspect, of the kidneys can lead to a sluggish metabolism, and also a feeling of tiredness and heaviness. Acupuncture regulates the functioning of these organs, and drains dampness from the body, resulting in an overall feeling of wellbeing, as well as the normalisation of weight.
“Your body has an enzyme that helps to burn off fat, but sometimes a blockage in the body prevents that enzyme from working properly,” according to Dr Yoland Lim, a trained TCM physician. “Once that blockage has been removed, your body will get rid of fat more effectively.
Dr Lim focuses on 12 meridian points in the body that hold the key to unlocking our natural fat-burning ability. The points include the ear, or ting kung, which suppresses hunger, the nei ting between the second and middle toe, which purifies the stomach and improves digestion, and the abdomen area where most fat accumulates.
As well as acupuncture, Dr Lim recommends herbs such as lilium brownii, hordeum vulgari, ligusticum and mephelium longan, which help break down fat cells and stop new ones from forming.
If you would like to try acupuncture, read on to find out more about this centuries old technique including how to determine if it is the right treatment for you:
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