Obesity is a medical condition involving an excessive body fat. It is defined as a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 and above. Obesity is not only a cosmetic concern, but also a risk of diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure etc. The clinical assessment and treatments of Chinese medicine for obesity have been documented in Chinese literature for over 500 years.
In the last two decades, there have been numerous clinical and experimental studies on the uses of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for obesity in China and other countries. The studies involved the efficiency and safety of these Chinese medicine approaches and some underlying therapeutic mechanisms were revealed.
If you have any questions regarding how Chinese Medicine can help you manage Obesity feel free to contact us.
The conditions we focus on
We have primarily experienced on managing overweight and obese. We also look at some symptoms and complications associated to obesity. The conditions include:
Overweight (BMI 25 – 29) and obese (BMI 30 – 39).
Conditions associated to obesity such as depression, insomnia and food cravings.
Some obesity complications such as metabolic syndrome and osteoarthritis.
Our service generally doesn’t cover extreme obesity and severe complications including severe heart disease and severe diabetes.
The treatments we provide
Chinese herbal medicine: we have mainly used Chinese herbal medicine for obesity by reducing blood lipid and improving lipid metabolism. Chinese herbal medicine is also beneficial for managing metabolic syndrome, insomnia and food cravings. We commonly use raw herbs, granules or capsules for our clients. All herbal prescriptions are designed for the individuals.
Acupuncture: we have commonly used acupuncture in combination of Chinese herbal medicine for obesity. Acupuncture may regulate lipid metabolism and stimulate central nerves system. It is also beneficial for relieving depression, insomnia, food cravings and osteoarthritis.
Cupping: we have specially used cupping therapy in conjunction with acupuncture for abdominal obesity.
Advice on diets and lifestyle: we provide advice on diets and lifestyle based on the holistic concept of Chinese medicine.
Please note that the above approaches are meant to be used along with diet, exercise and behaviour changes, not instead of them.
The outcome of weight loss depends on your level of obesity, your overall health and your willingness to participate in your managing plan. Chinese medicine management of overweight or obesity is to lose weight gradually and steadily. Ideally you weight may lose 2 – 4 kg per month. This way of weight loss is more successful at keeping weight off and substantially beneficial for your health.
Dr. Henry Liang was the key teacher and unit coordinator for Chinese Internal Medicine including disorders of endocrine system at Western Sydney University.
As a university academic and researcher, we can update and improve our therapeutic approaches from time to time to meet individual needs.
Costs of the treatments
The initial visit is a longer consultation with up to 40 minutes which is basically to make a strategic plan. Subsequent visits with up to 20 minutes are to review the conditions and to modify the treatment plan if necessary. Current fees are:
Initial consultation fee: $150
Follow-up consultation fee: $60
The cost of the herbs is generally from $9 to $15 per day
Acupuncture fee: $90
Please note that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are not covered by Medicare. It is covered by many private health funds including Bupa, HCF, Medibank Private, NIB, and many more. Your coverage depends on your insurance policy.