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Herbal Solutions

Herbal Medicine and Weight Management

herbal1Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to support health and wellbeing. Depending on the presentation of the individual, the reason that one has gained weight can come from a multitude of reasons that can be a combination of both physiological and psycho emotional factors. What makes Chinese medicine so unique is that is crosses over the boundaries of body systems creating a more complete whole body approach instead of one organ or gland. Once a pattern is determined then a specific formulation of herbs are prescribed to support the systems that are under functioning leading to a desired increase or decrease in weight.

The effects of herbal medicine can vary from suppressing appetite to reduce unnecessary food intake, increase body metabolism to burn off excess fat, enhance energy levels to promote a sense of well being, and eliminate water accumulation. Other effects can include a central nervous system stimulant effect that increases body metabolism and boosts energy level. Herbal medicine has been shown to be effective to slowly and steadily lower body weight.

Our team places equal focus to both physical and psycho emotional causes of weight gain. In Chinese medicine, the physical and psychological causes and effects are intertwined and not separated. The use of herbs is extremely effective to treat stress and anxiety which has been found to be primary drivers of overeating. Herbs regulate mood and emotions, and alleviate stress and anxiety by enhancing the body’s own ability to deal with these external factors. In addition, the main advantages of herbs is they are safe and natural, and do not have negative side effects like drugs.

It is critical to understand that there is no magic cure for weight issues. It requires commitment to a clear outcome and support from a trained practitioner. Without commitment to changing diet and lifestyles, use of herbs will have limited effectiveness.