Dr Ping’s Weight Loss Program: Why do I struggle to lose weight?

Dr Ping’s Weight Loss Program: Why do I struggle to lose weight?

Dr Ping Wang has for many years been interested in various weight loss methods and finally created this program to help her clients to lose weight.

This method is not only based on traditional Chinese medicine theories, but also on diet and lifestyle modifications based on Dr Ping’s own experiences both in the clinic — and on herself.

This article will share with you some of the most common reasons for gaining weight and why it is so difficult to lose it.

1. The Causes of Weight Gain

In the past, many people have questioned me, “why do I struggle to lose weight although I eat well, exercise and have a regular lifestyle?”

From the diagram below, you will understand that weight gain is not always from overeating or lack of exercise, there are other causes from the view of traditional Chinese medicine.

Dr Ping’s Weight Loss Program is especially for those people who have already tried diet and exercise to lose weight without success.

Poor circulation due to Liver weakness

Poor circulation is a common cause of weight gain because of stagnation and blocked circulation in the channels. Some of the most common symptoms besides weight gain are:

  • body pain and stiffness
  • puffiness (oedema) in the body

Weak Spleen and Kidney organs

Spleen and Kidney Deficiency (weakness) will cause retention of fluid and dampness in the body which causes weight gain. Some of the most common symptoms besides weight gain are:

  • tiredness
  • bloating
  • sluggish bowel movements
  • puffy face, knees, ankles, arms and legs

Weak Bowels with Heat and Toxins

Weak intestinal and bowel function leads to the accumulation of heat and toxins in the digestive tract which causes weight gain. Some of the most common symptoms besides weight gain are:

  • bloating
  • acne or dry skin
  • insomnia and vivid dreams
  • smelly and sticky stools

2. How do we find out your individual cause(s) of weight gain?

In traditional Chinese medicine we aim to find the cause the problem rather than just treat the symptoms.

As we aim to identify and target the underlying causes of your weight gain, the results are usually more effective than simply dieting or exercising alone.

During your initial consultation, our practitioners will check your pulse and tongue combined with traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis methods to find out which specific organs are unhealthy and which channels are blocked.

Through a combination of acupuncture, cupping and Chinese herbal medicine, we aim to:

  • Improve Liver circulation and clear body pain symptoms
  • Clear Stagnation (heat and toxins) from the intestines
  • Clear excess dampness and fluids
  • Strengthen and re-balance the internal organs

Dr Ping’s Weight Loss Program also includes some specific Chinese medicine diet and lifestyle advice which is easy to follow.

Importantly, our program doesn’t require you to fast or follow any diet or meal plans. Our approach is to help your body lose weight naturally and not forcibly.

If you recognise one or more of the reasons for gaining weight mentioned in this article, you can consult with our team of Chinese medicine practitioners who are able to help you with Dr Ping’s Weight Loss Program.

What Does The Research Say?

The following insights are obtained from systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Acupuncture for Weight Loss.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific clinical research on Acupuncture for Weight Loss. It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.

Integrative Medicine Research

2020, Sep 6

Effect of acupuncture and intervention types on weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Integrative Medicine Research Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine

Our study suggests that the effect of acupuncture on weight loss may be maximized when auricular and manual acupuncture or pharmacopuncture treatment is combined with LM in patients with overweight

SeoyoungKim Full Article

Postgraduate Medical Journal

2020, Apr

Acupuncture versus sham acupuncture for simple obesity: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Postgraduate Medical Journal Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine

The review suggests that acupuncture is an effective therapy for simple obesity rather than a placebo effect. This potential benefit needs to be further evaluated by longer-term and more rigorous RCTs

Zhong YM, Luo XC, Chen Y, Lai DL, Lu WT, Shang YN, Zhang LL, Zhou HY Full Article

Medicine

2019, Aug

Acupuncture and weight loss in Asians: A PRISMA-compliant systematic review and meta-analysis
Medicine

Our study demonstrates that acupuncture is effective in the intervention of overweight/obesity in Asians; however, compared with exercise alone, acupuncture combined with exercise had no effect on the BMI or waist circumstance in the short term. Long-term studies are needed to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture in weight reduction in Asians.

Yao J, He Z, Chen Y, Xu M, Shi Y, Zhang L, Li Y. Full Article

Obesity Reviews

2018, Nov

Effect of acupuncture and intervention types on weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Obesity Reviews World Obesity Federation

Our study suggests that the effect of acupuncture on weight loss may be maximized when auricular and manual acupuncture or pharmacopuncture treatment is combined with LM in patients with overweight.

Kim SY, Shin IS, Park YJ. Full Article

The American Journal of Chinese Medicine

2017, Jan 23

Acupuncture and Lifestyle Modification Treatment for Obesity: A Meta-Analysis
The American Journal of Chinese Medicine

Adverse events reported were mild, and no patients withdrew because of adverse effects. Overall, our results indicate that acupuncture is an effective treatment for obesity both alone and together with lifestyle modification.

Fang S, Wang M, Zheng Y, Zhou S, Ji G. Full Article

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Dr Ping Wang is the clinic founder and senior practitioner of Ping Ming Health. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine teaching and practice. Dr Ping especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of Chinese medicine through our popular clinic articles, seminars and clinical training of students and practitioners.

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