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Rich living and rich food lead to obesity

GLOBESITY is a new word describing the increase globally of obesity and overweight.

The problem is on the rise in China, especially in cities and among the middle class. Globesity is alarming in the West.

Obesity begins with overweight, breathlessness and sweating. At night the person snores and tends to be sleepless or oversleep.

Physical activities are tiresome, causing back and joint pain. Obese adults are at risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.

Isn't it better to lose weight early? According to traditional Chinese medicine, health results from body and soul functioning in harmony.

Harmony depends not only on habits and lifestyle but also on the flow of qi (energy) and the balance of yin (cold energy) and yang (hot energy).

If the body is emotionally and energetically healthy, it keeps its form and doesn't tend to gain weight.

Three imbalances often cause obesity:

Stomach heat and deficient spleen function: Too much fatty food, too much spicy food and too much alcohol produce heat in the stomach. Since stomach and spleen (not the Western spleen) work together, the heat damages and weakens the spleen function.

Outside influences such as wind, heat and damp damage the spleen function.

Qi stagnation: Emotional stress can damage the qi so that especially the liver qi stagnates. In Chinese medicine the liver takes care of the spleen, which stands for the digestive system. If liver qi stagnates, the spleen cannot perform its digestive function and fluid accumulates in the tissues. This leads to obesity.

TCM does not encourage starving or strict weight-loss diets! For Chinese people missing a meal is nearly unbearable! It means messing up the body's qi and can have many side effects.

But TCM offers a range weight loss treatments, including herbal medicine to regulate body functions and acupuncture to stop craving and promote flow of blood and qi.


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