According to all the late night infomercials, weight loss is super easy.
All you have to do is this:
And if that doesn’t work, give this a try:
But if weight loss were so easy, there wouldn’t be a million and one solutions.
Yes, it’s true that TCM formulas for weight management are just another of the many supplements sold on the market.
The reason they work, though, is that because they correct internal balances.
Weight Loss Strategies From a Western Perspective
How Chinese herbal weight loss formulas work will be discussed shortly.
But first, let’s address an important distinction: in the west, weight loss focuses on just diet and exercise.
Without doubt, what you eat and how much you’re active are extremely important. But as you’ll see with traditional Chinese medicine theory, diet and exercise are not the only factors.
Besides, if diet and exercise alone were enough to lose weight, there wouldn’t be so many different types of diets.
Besides, if diet and exercise alone were enough to lose weight, there wouldn’t be so many different types of diets. Many people fail with the western approach to dieting, in part, because diets are too difficult to stick with.
Eat this, not that. Count your carbs. And your calories. Weigh your food. Skip meals. Eat only 500 calories twice a week. Track your food and activity with an app, etc.
There’s nothing wrong with these strategies. The problem, however, is that these are all external fixes.
And there’s no guarantee that they will work. Perhaps they will in the short-term; most of these weight loss “hacks” are unsustainable after all, do you really think you’ll go the rest of your life weighing “macros”(macronutrients: carbs, protein, fat) before each meal?
Weight Management From a TCM Perspective
Eastern medicine also considers diet and lack of physical exercise co-factors in obesity and being overweight.
But in contrast to promising weight loss with dubious devices like this:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) addresses weight management with the theories of Yin-Yang balance (homeostasis) and Qi efficiency.
If you’re carrying excess body weight and fat, it’s obviously a sign that your body is not in a state of homeostasis.
In order to address this imbalance, you have to build/nourish your Qi. Although it’s possible to lose weight if you are Qi deficient, it will only be for the short-term.
It’s one thing to do a cleanse or detox diet for a few days to lose 10 pounds so you can squeeze into that wedding dress. But what’s going to happen once you’re at the wedding and celebrating? You’re going to start putting the extra weight right back on.
But before you even take a look at herbal remedies for weight loss, understand something first.
Different Internal Causes for Being Overweight
There isn’t one root cause of excess body weight in TCM. Yes, taking a herbal remedy to nourish your Qi is a step in the right direction.
But there are several internal imbalances that are responsible for weight gain.
Liver stagnation, Blood/Qi stagnation, Phlegm/Dampness, and Spleen/Kidney Yang deficiency can all contribute to packing on the pounds.
This review is intended for a general overview and introductory-course level understanding. Thus, the four major patterns above will not be mentioned in great detail.
However, it is worth explaining them at the tip-of-the-iceberg level to get a good idea of how TCM formulas for weight management work.
If you have chronic stress, you may have Liver Qi stagnation.
Liver Qi stagnation can lead to strong negative emotions such as anger and depression. In TCM theory, emotions clearly play a part in weight gain.
That’s because if Qi is not flowing freely in the Liver organ system, it creates lack of harmony between the Spleen and Liver organ systems. This, in turn, causes edema and fluid retention.
And consequently, fat, phlegm and dampness can accumulate in the tissues. Stagnant bodily fluid can also manifest as Spleen Qi deficiency. When Qi is blocked in the Spleen meridian system, metabolic waste accumulates. Spleen is the major digestive organ in TCM theory.
TCM Formulas For Weight Management: An Herbal Approach For Internal Harmony
Our best-selling formula for normalizing weight is Slimin. Slimin works by expelling phlegm and dampness.
While phlegm is associated with nasal and bronchial discharge, in TCM theory, it’s any metabolic byproduct that can’t find it’s way out the body via elimination; it’s stuck in the tissues. And when you have excess dampness, it’s easy to gain weight because it’s a sign you’re retaining water.
By expelling both phlegm and dampness, Slimin may help control your weight.
Here’s how Slimin helped an ActiveHerb customer from Victorville, CA:
“I have been taking this product for 2 weeks and so far i lost 5 pounds, and have been eating more soups and doing light exercise. This product gives me more energy. I just ordered 2 more bottles.”
And for a customer in Albuquerque, NM, Slimin not only helped her lose weight, it also helped improve her energy:
“I purchased 6 bottles. This formula addresses 4 conditions that are important to me: weight loss, lower cholesterol, improve energy and immune system. Although I eat a healthy diet, my energy was poor (leading to a sedentary lifestyle) so I was gaining weight instead of losing weight. I am on my 3rd bottle and take 6 capsules a day. In 2 months and still on 3rd bottle my energy and digestion is improved, I have lost 4 pounds and 1.5 inches in my waist.”
Weight gain because of poor detoxification
Sometimes, external influences can also cause weight gain. One of the so-called “6 Evils” in Chinese Medicine—Wind Heat—may trigger a domino effect that can lead to weight gain. In this case, it’s a sign of toxicity in the body. Our formula, Weitaless helps purge toxins from the body.
For a customer in Pennsylvania, here’s how Weitaless helped her:
“I just started my second bottle and I love it! From the first week I noticed a decrease in hunger and I seemed calmer and turning down food was much easier. Also I have had a rash on my legs which has not been going away (purchased this because description said helped with rashes too) and it is finally started going away since taking this. Will definitely be buying again.”
Weight gain because of water retention
If you suffer from edema, give our formula Wateroff a try. This ancient formula is the most-prescribed for eliminating dampness and promoting urination.
A customer from Romania had some shipped to her, for her father. Here’s what she says about Wateroff:
“My father is very happy! His feet are not swollen anymore and he says he’s got more energy.
Weight gain because of high cholesterol and poor metabolism
And if you also have high cholesterol as well as other metabolic imbalances, our signature formula, Hawthopower, featuring hawthorn berry, may help regulate your weight and promote harmony in your internal organ system. In research studies, hawthorn berry shows promise as a natural cholesterol-lowering herb.
Here’s what Hawthopower did for Skip Wilburn of Goodland, FL:
“A health checkup revealed high cholesterol levels. I started to take Hawthopower as directed. Every week I lost (without dieting) two pounds until about twenty pounds later it stopped. I had a perfect weight for my height and I had another checkup for the cholesterol and it was down to what it was years ago. I still take it.”
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