Many diets require you to eat or eliminate specific foods. The TCM view is that a healthy body will "ask for" what it needs and will not experience extraordinary food cravings or an enormous appetite. Every food carries a specific essence that resonates energetically with one or more organs. Cravings are signals that an organ may be imbalanced and in need of additional Qi. Food is just one of a variety of healing resources used in TCM treatment, along with herbs, acupuncture, and acupressure.
Perhaps the most profound aspect of TCM's perspective on overweight conditions is its perception of the role emotions play in overall health. TCM does not see and treat your body, mind, emotions, and spirit as separate, but rather as an interrelated whole. This means you must have emotional balance to have true physical health. When TCM looks at digestion, it takes the broadest view: digestion is the ingestion, absorption, and letting go of food, drink, and emotion as well as everything else you may take in, including what you read, what you see on TV conversations, and the like. TCM understands that chronically held emotions act like internal pathogens, destabilizing the function of your organs. If you hold onto an emotion, it will stay "undigested" in your system. This affects how Qi flows through the related meridians and organs, compromising their function.
From the TCM viewpoint, stress plays a large part in overweight conditions. So it's not unusual for TCM practitioners to advise their patients to reduce stress levels, "let things go" and get more rest and relaxation. Chinese Qigong, a self-healing energy practice, is very helpful in promoting weight loss because it reduces stress and builds Qi. Qigong has been used in China for millennia to treat a wide range of health issues, including obesity.
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