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Weight Loss in Portland using Chinese Medicine

Being overweight can lead to many health problems. Such risks include diabetes, circulation, fatigue, stress on joints and muscle pain. This may be a concern for some and not for others. We are constantly bombarded by media advertisements that tell us how to look, eat, and exercise in ways that are unrealistic. This makes it difficult to discern the best way to live and feel healthy.

Chinese medicine and acupuncture have ways to help us respect our bodies and function at our best. The digestive system processes food and distributes the food, essence, to the body for nourishment. When this system is clogged with processed sugars, fast food, or fried food, it tends to become sluggish. Over time the digestive system breaks down and begins to deposit fat (AKA phlegm in Chinese medicine) through the body. With the use of diet therapies, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and exercise; the health of the digestive system may be restored and the phlegm resolved.

Diet therapies does not mean giving up life as you know it, but it does mean eating healthy foods during correlated times. According to the Chinese medical clock, it is best to eat breakfast between 7am and 9am, lunch between 12pm and 1pm, and dinner between 5pm and 7pm. The largest meal of the day should be breakfast followed by a medium sized lunch and then a small snack like meal for dinner. These times on the clock optimize digestion and absorption of food nutrients into the body.

When phlegm builds up in the body it blocks the systemic function of the body (this can be channels or organ systems). Acupuncture can restore the movement of energy in the channels. The Chinese herbs can restore the function of the digestive system. Both the channels and systems function as a whole and communicate together. They are not mutually exclusive in maintaining health.

Exercise does not always mean running 20 miles a week. Start where you are and set your own pace. A starting goal may be walking 5 blocks 3 times a week. Then set a goal where you want to be in a month, year, etc. Love what you do when you choose a form of exercise. It will help you stick with it and it will make you happy. Include a balance of aerobic exercise and meditative exercises. Forgive yourself if you divert from your goal, because you can always start up again.

Love your body by treating it with the love needed to function in a healthy way. If you are ready to start, make an appointment today. We will be happy to support you through the process.

Acupuncture on Broadway
2933 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
503-282-2268 Office
503-282-2863 Fax