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Chinese Medicine and Weight Loss

Posted by Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc on Mon, Aug 05, 2013

I am frequently asked: “Can Chinese Medicine help me lose weight?”

The short answer is “YES!”  but the true answer is much more involved and requires several Chinese Medicine_wieght_loss_DCmore questions in order to decide how to best go about the weight loss.

I have seen Chinese medicine be an effective “assistant” to weight loss and weight maintenance but how do we go about finding out why there is a weight issue to begin with?

Weight Loss is Multi-Faceted

There are several factors when considering a weight loss plan that need to be discussed.  For example, is the weight gain due to poor dietary and exercise habits?  Is there a metabolic function issue that needs to be addressed? Are there psychological factors contributing to the inability to lose weight? Is there a hormonal piece?  Thyroid…gut mobility/absorption….?

Oh boy.   As you can see, there are many reasons why a person gains weight and, as such, there are many techniques to help lose that weight. 

So, how do I help as a practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine? 

Well, first and foremost, Chinese Medicine seeks to go to the source of the problem.  Think of the body like a tree with roots and branches.  You want to treat the roots to ensure the tree is at its optimal health.  Sure, someone can give you a pill that helps speed up your metabolism or give you some packaged meal that has less calories (and taste) than cardboard, but how sustainable is that? Those pills wear off and those meals are only so satisfying.  Those techniques are just trimming the branches, as it were. 

What we do as Chinese Medicine practitioners is go to the root.  Through a series of questions, some physical assessment (pulse diagnosis, abdominal palpation, tongue diagnosis), and simple observation, we can certainly come to some conclusion about the SOURCE of the weight gain.

Once we figure out the source of the weight issue, I will work with you, that’s right WITH YOU, to optimize the weight loss and subsequent maintenance.  It is definitely a bit of work on both of our parts.  Using acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas, dietary and exercise counseling, and meditation/ Qi Gong/ Tai Chi , we will optimize your potential weight loss.

Needless to say, weight loss is difficult without support.  Chinese Medicine can be that support!

Come on in and we’ll talk.


Nicholas Buscemi, MSOM, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine. Nicholas continually studies both Chinese and Western Medicine in order to facilitate optimal healing for his clients.  Having trained in China as well as in the oldest accredited Naturopathic school in the country, his skill set and medical knowledge is ever-evolving and thus far reaching.

Topics: weight loss, chinese medicine, acupuncture