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Acupuncture for weight loss

Obesity is something that affects a lot of the Western world. A lot of the time it can come from years of poor diet, stress and/or a demanding lifestyle.

Sometimes it can be hard to shed off those extra pounds, and your body could use a boost to help in the process.

Obesity can be caused by one of or a combination of the following factors:

  • Lack of exercise

  • Overeating

  • Stress

  • Genetics

  • Diseases, i.e. hyperthyroidism

  • Side effects of medication

We provide holistic treatment in our hammersmith herbal clinic to help assist those trying to lose weight.

How does TCM view obesity and excess weight gain?

When it comes to weight loss, traditionally in Chinese Medicine we work to target the excess dampness in the body, which we believe is one of the main contributors to excess weight gain.

This excess dampness tends to come from excess yin in the body, which could contribute to internal cold which ultimately is the cause of the dampness.


The accumulation and stagnation of phlegm may also be a contributing factor to why obesity resonates as a problem in your life. 

These could be a result of Qi deficiency, in which the energy source of the body is insufficient which could lead to complications regarding the metabolism of food and water.

TCM and acupuncture for weight loss

So how do we come into it?

The traditional Chinese Medicine approach to weight loss could include a consultation at our herbal clinic in Hammersmith. Here we can evaluate your health and provide you with herbal medicine that may help with removal of excess water in the body - if this is the cause of your excess weight gain.

A lot of weight could be merely excess water weight, or in this case as mentioned with dampness, which is where herbs to induce urination may come in handy.

Another approach for obesity when it comes to TCM also includes acupuncture treatment.

Weight loss acupuncture

So how can acupuncture help with weight loss?

Acupuncture is a great way of targeting the body’s overall imbalances. In this example with excess weight gain we may target specific acupuncture points that can assist the body’s digestion process.

These could include pressure points targeting the kidneys to assist with excess water retention, or the spleen and stomach to aid in the body’s metabolic rate, and help push the body’s ability to utilise food into energy and control the appetite.

Acupuncture is a great way to improve your all-round health also. Find out more about our acupuncture treatments in West London today!

TCM & Acupuncture for weight loss near me

Looking to improve your body’s ability to lose weight, naturally?

Get in touch and come into our Chinese Herbal clinic in West London to receive an initial consultation.


We can then discuss the best approach according to your current condition and the potential cause of your weight gain, whether sudden or gradual.

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