Different bodies come in different shapes and sizes. You can be heavy and healthy. You can be skinny and unhealthy. It all depends. What’s important is that you feel good inside your skin and that you have strategies for dealing with unwanted weight or body composition. Easy to say, though, isn’t it? If you are uncomfortable due to size or you don’t feel attractive, soothing words do little. If your doctor nags you at every visit and you feel shame, all of this is just talk. You need to make a plan and follow it and your way of viewing the issue must shift. But you already know this, don’t you?
Did you also know that acupuncture and other modalities of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can work wonders for you? I treat for healthy weight management, gut health, and body image issues and I can tell you for certain: there are a lot of good tools in the TCM toolbox for you if you want to achieve a comfortable weight and a good sense of yourself within your own skin.
You may already be aware of trends in obesity (if not, check here); the fact is, people are getting heavier. More time in front of the computer and less outside; not enough whole food eaten at a reasonable pace and too much prepared food that is high in salt and additives. Stress. Hormone disruption. Emotional eating. There are endless reasons to be at an unhealthy weight…but let’s focus on solutions, not problem, shall we?
Have you ever thought of using acupuncture and other forms of TCM to help you to achieve your healthy weight goals?
Here are the details:
- Acupuncture: Treatment with hair-thin needles placed in intentionally selected spots can help regulate digestion and hormones, such as insulin. Metabolism can be shifted via acupuncture treatment. When you leave your appointment, your practitioner can apply ear seeds to particular areas to help you with hunger and food cravings.
- Nutritional education and guidance: There are a lot of different diets out there. TCM sees food as having temperatures and properties–energetic characteristics–and by altering your diet to follow a program that suits you as an individual. You do not have to follow a TCM diet; instead, you could integrate certain elements of one. And herbal therapy is part of the equation. I’m disinclined to prescribe anything as a diuretic or an appetite suppressant, but herbs for better digestion, sleep, or emotional state? Yes, absolutely. Robust gut health, meaningful sleep, and a more even keel to the emotions all help with weight management.
- Bodywork therapies, like cupping and gua sha can help you with belly bloat and skin tone. It’s not a substitute for exercise or the benefits of acupuncture, but a judicious application of TCM bodywork can boost the effects of both. It can help you to look and to feel a lot better. When you look and feel your best, it’s not so challenging to work on your body image and sense of confidence, right? Indeed!
All of the above can make a tremendous difference in your body composition and how you feel about yourself. Depending on your circumstances, following a TCM program for weight loss might be sufficient. However, for many people, there needs to be extra support in the form of a health coach or a personal trainer. I am a health coach and a personal trainer; though I no longer take training clients, I will gladly discuss and plan an exercise program for you. I have marvelous contacts in personal training and can refer, too. As a health coach, I provide support, guidance, and accountability to your weight loss journey. TCM treatment boost your health and change your metabolism and coaching empowers you. Together, it’s a powerful way to change your weight and body image. (Interested in a body makeover package? Go here).
Everybody has a realistic weight that they can achieve and still live a happy life that included eating enjoyable food and being forced to essentially live at the gym. You do not need to be skinny to be healthy or attractive. Cultural standards for beauty are social constructs and, ultimately, it is up to you to decide that you are truly wonderful at your reasonable healthy weight. You can do it, really you can…and TCM really can make a difference–just try it and see for yourself!
Are you ready to be healthier, happy within your skin, and in control of your weight?
Paula Bruno, Ph.D., L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, an AOBTA-CP traditional Chinese bodywork therapist, and a wellness educator. She maintains an active and growing practice at her Austin, TX offices. Dr. Bruno is also available for distance appointments for wellness consultation or coaching.
In her first career, she was a Spanish professor.
Dr. Bruno’s specialties as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner include: • Musculoskeletal health (acute or chronic pain relief; Ehlers Danlos syndrome & hypermobility support) • Digestive support, gut health, and weight loss • Aesthetic treatment, including scar revision • Men’s health • General preventative care and immune support for all persons.
When you are ready to discover what traditional medicine plus a vibrant and engaged approach to holistic health can do for you, either contact Dr. Bruno or book an appointment online.
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