By Xianmin Yu, R.TCMP & R.Ac


What can herbs/formulas do to help with obesity?

The goal of Traditional Chinese herbs/formulas in weight loss is to help speed up metabolism and thus reduce weight. With the combination of acupuncture, it is expected to:

  • Suppress your appetite
  • Increase your feeling of fullness
  • Reduce triglyceride and LDL cholesterol level in plasma.

You may have more bowel movements and urination than before. This is a sign of the body speeding up metabolism and detoxing.

What are the Chinese herbs?

Similar to Western Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine has a huge collection of Chinese herbs that have been used for thousands of years with promising effects. Different herbs are combined to make a customized formula targeting specific complaints. At Innate Wellness, all the herbs are provided in powder form, which are dissolved in warm water easily.

When to drink the herbs/formulas?

Some formulas focus on reinforcing your body’s energy, and they need to be taken before meals in most circumstances. Some formulas focus on detoxing your body, and they need to be taken after meals. For weight management, the formulas are suggested to take after meals. Follow the specific instructions provided by your Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

How often do I have to drink the herbs/formulas?

The formulas should be taken twice a day unless alternative instructions have been provided. Usually, a 5-7 days package is one course. Your practitioner will reassess your body condition and adjust the herbs in the formula to best match the current condition. For weight management, it is strongly recommended that you continue with the herbs/formulas twice a day for 2-3 courses (2-3 weeks)

Is the result permanent or will there be rebound?

Both clients and practitioners wish the effect could be permanent. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow the practitioner’s advice, the effect could be maintained for a relatively long period. However, many uncertain factors may contribute to your life change. Maintaining follow-ups with your practitioner can help to keep you on track!

Can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture helps along with Traditional Chinese Herbs to achieve weight loss. If you want to review the previous topic, see our previous post.