17 January, 2019 Physician Vivian Lee

The 3 Body Types Prone to Weight Gain/ Obesity

Losing weight should not be done solely for vanity purposes, but for health and the prevention of diseases. Not only does obesity affect your appearance, but it also increases the risk of developing certain conditions such as diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, hypertension, arteriosclerosis (heart disease), fatty liver, infertility etc.

From TCM’s perspective, excess fats are mostly due to ‘dampness’ and ‘phlegm’ in the body. Our spleen oversees the transportation and transformation of food and our body fluids. Over time, due to inactivity and excessive intake of sweet, fried and greasy food, or even stress can result in stagnation of ‘qi’ and the spleen becomes less efficient in its function. As a result, ‘dampness’ and ‘phlegm’ accumulate and turn into fatty tissues.

 

The Common Body Types Prone to Weight Gain/ Obesity

 

 

1. DAMPNESS 痰湿体质

Signs & Symptoms: Abdomen bloating, water retention (more on lower limbs), lethargy, watery or sticky stools, prone to hyperlipidaemia

 

2. STAGNATION OF ‘QI’ 气滞体质

Signs & Symptoms: Stressed, easily frustrated or anxious, mood swings, dry mouth, disturbed sleep, body aches, a higher chance of developing hypertension

 

3. SPLEEN & KIDNEY DEFICIENCY 脾肾虚体质

Signs & Symptoms: Fatigue, cold hands and feet, water retention, abdomen bloating, backache, watery stools/ diarrhoea, prone to flu

 

How can TCM Help?

 

 

ACUPUNCTURE FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

 

• Helps in the circulation of ‘Qi’ and ‘Blood’ (stagnation of qi result in slow metabolism and excess fats)
• Reduces anxiety which helps curb emotional/ binge eating
• Releases dopamine to help reduce alcohol and calorie intake (low levels of dopamine tend to cause people to overindulge their hunger cravings)
• Increases metabolism with stimulation of acupressure points
• Reduces body aches and pain to allow regular exercise
• Improves digestion, reducing bloatedness

Self-help Tip: In addition to acupuncture, we can also use acupressure on the ears to suppress appetite and facilitate body metabolism daily.

 

 

CUPPING FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

 

• Gradually disintegrates saturated lipids
• Removes damp stagnation from body
• Improves circulation of ‘Qi’ and ‘Blood’

 

 

HERBAL PRESCRIPTION

 

Depending on body types and individual condition, a customised herbal prescription can be given on a weekly basis in addition to TCM treatments.

Acupuncture and cupping work gradually most effective together with a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy weight requires life-long effort and commitment. Self-motivation and patience are crucial to kick-start and sustain weight loss.

 

Article by Physician Vivian Lee

 

Note: Information provided is not a substitute for a physician or any form of medical care. Individual symptoms differ due to different body constitutions and diagnosis. One should consult a licensed TCM practitioner for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

About the Author

Physician Vivian Lee Physician Vivian Lee is a registered TCM Practitioner in PULSE. In 2015, she graduated with a Double Degree with First-Class Honours in B.Sc. in Biomedical Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Nanyang Technological University and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

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