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TCM: A Natural Guide to Weight Loss That Lasts

TCM: A Natural Guide to Weight Loss That Lasts by Nan Lu
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The Dragon's Way

To Natural, Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss

Here at last is the secret to taking off pounds and inches and keeping them off for life. Unlike popular "miracle" diet programs and products, The Dragon's Way addresses the root cause of your weight problems and offers a remarkable six-week program that shows you how to reach your optimum weight and stay there. The Dragon's Way is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories that have been practiced for thousands of years. Today billions of people worldwide benefit from this medical system. The Dragon's Way is not about food restrictions, apetite suppression, or vigorous exercising. It's about treating the whole person instead of focusing on weight; about how to use ancient energy movements to awaken your healing ability; about showing you how to use food as a healing tool; and about helping you achieve the harmony and balance in your own body that can result in natural, healthy, permanent weight loss.


  • How the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach differs from diet programs
  • How this TCM program makes you feel better physically and emotionally
  • How stress causes weight problems
  • How food cravings signal body needs
  • Why depriving your body of food leads to further weight gain
  • Healing foods and recipes that help you eliminate excess water and body fat
  • Herbal supplements and energy movements that encourage body harmony and help you avoid excess wieght
  • Additional health benefits beyond wieght loss
  • And Much More!
HarperCollins; May 2009
368 pages; ISBN 9780061916854
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Title: TCM: A Natural Guide to Weight Loss That Lasts
Author: Nan Lu; Ellen Schaplowsky

Chapter One

Weight and Health: The TCM Perspective

As I mentioned earlier, TCM has been in uninterrupted use for about five thousand years. Its theories are based on a deep understanding of the very essence of nature and the Universe. By applying its principles to the human body, this healing art evolved and was enriched over time.

If you consider the body as a unified and integrated energy system rather than a collection of independent parts, you can begin to appreciate the perspective of TCM, which sees everything woven into one magnificent web of life. When a person comes to a TCM doctor with a complaint, the practitioner looks for the root or energy cause of the imbalance. He or she carefully checks and evaluates the energy systems and treats these root causes with time-tested healing techniques such as special foods, herbs, acupuncture, Tuina or acupressure, and moxibustion (the application of heat to acupoints), and even a form of Chinese psychology. All of these are aimed specifically at restoring, rebalancing, and increasing the Qi of an affected organ or organs and helping Qi flow smoothly through the meridians, invisible channels that form the body's energy network.

When TCM discusses the function of an organ, it is always in the context of its Qi and in relation to the other organ(s) with which it must share a cooperative relationship. For example, if you have chronic constipation, TCM would not rely on treating the symptoms with laxatives or fiber. Rather, TCM would explore the root cause, and for every person, the root cause can be different. For instance, teenage constipation and adult constipation may be treated in two entirely different ways. A number of women experience constipation before their periods. This too would require different treatment. For TCM, your constipation may be related not only to your large intestine, but perhaps your gallbladder, your liver, your stomach, or even your lung. So you see, what may appear to be a large intestine problem-like constipation-may actually arise from a Qi deficiency in the function of other organs. What does this mean? It means that one or more of the involved organs' Qi is too low or too weak to cooperate with the large intestine and help it perform its job of ridding the body of waste material. You can see then why over-the-counter remedies can only treat the symptoms, not the source. If they could treat the source, those who suffer from a recurring problem such as constipation wouldn't have to take these remedies repeatedly for many years.

At the heart of TCM is the tenet that its practitioners must always look for and then treat the root cause of the imbalances that create symptoms of disease. Using modern day terminology, TCM is holistic in its approach. It views every aspect of your life, body, mind, emotions, and spirit as part of the same circle rather than separate, loosely connected pieces to be dealt with individually as if they were only peripherally related to each other. Thus, according to TCM, excess weight is considered a symptom, albeit an important symptom, of a greater health issue, and not the true issue itself. And, you can readily see from this philosophy that once the root cause has been corrected, then the issue has truly been resolved, not simply suppressed, or covered up waiting for a chance to reemerge. In the case of weight problems, I have seen this ever-present burden of excess weight finally lifted from many people who have tried their best to address their weight problems and failed because they did not know about "treating the root cause," the first TCM principle.

Most likely, if you've been on many diets, you've been conditioned to believe that the weight is the problem, that the calories are the problem, or that not enough exercise is the problem. TCM believes that the answer lies inside your body itself, not outside. TCM says that excess weight is an external symptom of a deeper imbalance between different organs such as the spleen and the liver, which, in turn, cause problems with an individual's Qi, or energy. If you came to me as a patient with a weight problem, I would recognize this as a red flag signaling deeper health issues. By treating the underlying condition as diagnosed by TCM principles, we would begin to see your weight drop off naturally. I cannot emphasize this enough: TCM believes weight problems are symptoms of other imbalances that must be healed and not the problem itself.This makes sense when you think about the statistics of weight programs and products. Have you ever wondered why it is that 95 percent of all successful dieters regain some or all of their lost weight? People try so hard to take off weight and inches, yet most of them are not going to have permanent success. It's because the underlying problems are still there. Only by healing the root cause can long-lasting results be obtained. This is a very powerful and important concept and the premise of The Dragon's Way. Here's an individual who learned the value of treating the root cause.

When I retired from teaching last year, I expected that my anxiety and muscle tension would end. Instead, I found that I had a stubborn case of high blood pressure. I decided that I didn't want to take medication for my nervousness and my doctor thought if I lost weight, my blood pressure might go down as well. This was important to me because I also didn't want to take blood pressure medication. I didn't know any...