Korean Herbal Diet


Korean herbal diet method & effect

 

There are tens of thousands of diet methods in the world. Among them, the Korean herbal diet is a concept unique to Korea. The Korean herbal diet refers to a program that systematically combines herbal treatment such as herbal medicine and acupuncture and exercise therapy. The basis of the Korean herbal diet is oriental medicine, which regards the reason for gaining weight as it is because waste products are accumulated in the body without being discharged and worsen the circulation of Qi and blood. It is a different point of view from modern medicine's view that excessive intake of nutrients causes excess energy in the body to become obese.


Reasons for gaining weight from the oriental medicine point of view

 

If modern medicine finds the cause in calories, oriental medicine finds the cause in the secondary phenomenon that excess calories are called from the body. From the oriental medicine point of view, the cause of weight gain is ‘disorder of Qi and blood circulation’. When water and body fat remain in the body without being used or discharged, they become waste products. The remaining moisture aggregates to become 'stacked-moisture (痰濕)', and the dam-moisture and blood coagulate to form 'eohyeol (瘀血)'. This disrupts the blood circulation and causes weight gain.

Poor digestion is also the cause of weight gain. Most modern people have poor digestion due to irregular eating habits and stress. However, if digestion and excretion are not performed properly, harmful bacteria multiply and gas is formed while food waste and water stay in the intestine. When these wastes interfere with circulation, abdominal distension and pain, as well as edema, weight gain, skin troubles, and headaches accompany. Therefore, the oriental medicine diet aims to remove the accumulated wastes in the body and change it to a constitution with good Qi and blood circulation.


Cause of weight gaining according to Sasang constitutional medicine

 

In oriental medicine, obesity is divided into upper body, lower body, abdomen, and whole body obesity according to body type, and muscle type, edema type, skeletal type, and fatty type obesity according to body mass.

As for the commonly known Sasang constitution, Taeyangin has large lungs, small liver, and a well-developed upper body. Energy consumption and excretion are strong, but digestion and absorption are weak, so many Taeyangin people are skinny.

Taeeumin is usually overweight and has a healthy physique. It is easy to overeat because the liver is strong and the appetite is strong, but the absorption rate of the stomach is high, so even eating just a little will make the person gain weight. There are a lot of systemic obesity in Taeeumin people.

Soeumin also has a constitution that tends to gain weight. The digestive system is weak and blood circulation is not good, so waste products accumulate in the middle of the abdomen and it is easy to become obese or become obese in the lower body.

Soyangin has good digestion and does not gain much weight compared to the amount the person eats. Congenitally, the upper body is strong and the lower body is poor, so the forearms and chest are quite fattened, but the lower body is relatively thin in many cases.

However, it is difficult to distinguish the constitution with only one characteristic. Just as people have different facial features, lifestyle, eating habits, and constitution are all different, so people don't gain weight the same way. Fluid metabolism is poor, but there may be no problem with excretory function, and although the digestive system is weak, Soeumin may be overweight. As a taeyangin, there may be a lot of edema, and 'stacked-moisture (痰濕) and eohyeol (瘀血) may appear together.

 



How to lose weight in a healthy way

 

Most of the oriental medicine diet programs include lifestyle modifications along with treatment tailored to the constitution and physical condition. When a normal metabolism is achieved, it is easy to lose body fat. Even with the oriental medicine diet program, eating three meals a day on a regular basis with a Korean-centered diet must be preceded. Drinking water often reduces hunger and improves water metabolism. Correct the basic lifestyle and receive oriental medicine diet treatment. The method of oriental medicine diet is explained below.

 

1) Eat foods that fit your body type

◎ Taeyangin: Seafood and vegetables gather energies that are trying be radiated. Buckwheat is good among grains, so it is good to plan a diet using buckwheat noodles or jelly buckwheat. Protein is consumed from shrimp, sea cucumber, and oysters.

◎ Taeeumin: Sweet potato, a representative diet food, works well. It is suitable as a meal replacement or snack, but it should not be eaten to fill the stomach. It is good if you plan a meal with beef, carrots, mushrooms, etc. on multigrain rice such as beans, barley radish, and brown rice.

◎ Soyangin: The kidney function is weak, so it is easy to become edema-type obesity. Pork, eggs, and fish go well with it. It is good to eat cabbage or cucumber as a snack, bananas are also good.

◎ Soeumin: Because the body is cold and the digestive system is weak, avoid cold food. It is good to add chicken, spinach, and cabbage side dishes to rice cooked with perilla or glutinous rice. Eat cooked vegetables for better digestion. Drink ginger tea, jujube tea, and ginseng tea frequently to warm up the inside of the body.

 

2) Take herbal medicines to help your diet

Diet herbal medicine is a basic prescription in the oriental medicine diet. Herbal medicine prescription is an auxiliary means to help the body to smoothly discharge waste and toxins, and to protect energy so that the energy does not disappear when the diet is adjusted or the amount of food is reduced. Medications that replace meals or suppress appetite can reduce weight in a short period of time, but caution is required because they harm health.

◎ Ginseng and Astragalus are medicinal herb that raise heat and energize you. If the body is cold, warming the body up improves metabolism and energy consumption, so waste accumulation is improved.

◎ Atractylodes lancea: It strengthens the stomach and spleen, and warms the kidneys. Eliminates fatigue and thirst, and promotes sweat and urine output. Removes toxins and pain from the body.

◎ Cinnamomi Ramulus: Relieves shoulder, back, and joint pain and promotes blood circulation.

◎ Jujube: It has a warm nature, so it is helpful in replenishing nutrients and makes the stomach comfortable.

◎ Velvet Antler: A medicine that protects the liver and kidneys, and promotes metabolism. It is helpful for those who lose energy while on a diet.

◎ Hawthorns: It promotes digestion and help easily digest fatty foods. It works to clear and purify the blood.

◎ Ephedra: It is a representative drug that suppresses appetite, but the number of patients who can take it is limited. If a person who is not indicated for ephedra takes it, side effects may occur, so be sure to get a prescription from an oriental medicine doctor. It can be used only for patients who have strong appetite and digestive functions, have a good detoxification function, and do not have symptoms such as sudden feeling of heartbeat or stuffiness in their chest.

 

 

3) Acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping

Acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping promote qi and blood circulation and facilitate the discharge of waste products. It uses acupuncture to relax tense muscles and decomposes excess fat. In addition, acupuncture by placing a small needle in the ear stimulates the appetite center to suppress appetite, and to facilitate diuresis and sedation. Electric needles are inserted into areas with a thick layer of fat, such as the forearm, lower abdomen, and buttocks, and low-frequency waves are applied to decompose the fat. Moxibustion is a treatment that uses mugwort, the main ingredient, to give thermal stimulation to the acupuncture points. It improves blood circulation and blood flow and improves metabolism. It is also helpful in removing inflammation and waste products and removing coldness from the body. Cupping is a treatment method that uses negative pressure to remove 'eohyeol (瘀血) and 'stacked-moisture (痰濕)' to help qi and blood circulation.

 

4) Chuna therapy and body shape correction program

Naturally, cold energy is directed downwards, and warm energy is directed upward. The state of the human body, which is considered right in oriental medicine, is the same. The fire(火) energy that is going up is drawn down to warm the abdomen, and the water(水) energy that is going down is lifted up to keep the head clear and cool. When circulation is good, the body maintains a healthy state, but when the fire energy rises and the water energy moves down, disease occurs. Wrong posture or a crooked body shape obstructs the flow of Qi and blood, causing various pains and diseases. Because of this, various diseases such as headache, shoulder pain, chronic fatigue, and menstrual cramps can occur when the spine and the skeleton are misaligned. When the muscles in the neck or shoulder are tense, they interfere with nerve transmission and blood flow, causing migraines. Tense muscles affect the blood flow to the brain, disrupting sleep and leading to chronic fatigue. Therefore, if you correct the broken skeleton, the blood circulation is promoted and the waste products accumulated in the body are discharged from time to time, so swelling and pain disappear. Likewise, facial asymmetry correction is possible.


 

Treatments that can be combined with oriental medicine diet

Although the oriental medicine diet has succeeded in removing wastes and reducing swelling or weight, there are cases where they are not satisfied because of the fat in a specific part of the body. The reason is simple. This is because the order of gaining weight and losing weight are different. Fat is gained in the order of hips, thighs, abdomen, chest, forearms, and face, and is lost in the reverse order. If you don't have enough patience and time to wait for your turn, you can combine it with an oriental medicine diet and a procedure that promotes fat breakdown.

◎ High-frequency laser treatment: Focusing on the fact that fat begins to melt at 41°C, it is a procedure that instantly melts fat by delivering the heat of RF high-frequency energy deep into the skin. Heat is transmitted only to the dermis layer and the epidermis is rapidly cooled, so there is no worry about burns.

◎ Carboxy: This is a procedure in which a needle is inserted into the subcutaneous fat layer and carbon dioxide is injected. The injected carbon dioxide stimulates and pushes out the fat layer cells.

◎ PPC: This is an injection therapy that destroys the cell membrane of fat cells. The destroyed fat is excreted out of the body through veins and lymphatic vessels.

◎ Lipoderm: This is a procedure that destroys subcutaneous fat cells using ultrasound. It selectively removes only fat cells without affecting normal skin.

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