BUSAN, South Korea — Most westerners have seen all manner of diet fads back home, but few are aware of the benefits of traditional Oriental treatments for reducing weight. The one-size-fits-all mentality of western diets differs greatly from the methods used by oriental medicine. “People have the mistaken belief that we're all the same – like interchangeable parts on a factory line,” says acupuncture.com columnist, Victoria Dragon.
Oriental medicine is a much more holistic form of treatment, meaning that it looks at the whole body and the mind of the patient, and attempts to treat the cause rather than the symptoms. Where Western medicine looks for specific symptoms, and uses the same treatment for each occurrence, Oriental therapy is more concerned with the patterns of disharmony unique to the individual.
The same applies to the traditional Oriental approach to dieting. “Dietary therapy provides a powerful tool for correcting dis-harmonies and is used in conjunction with acupuncture and herbal therapy to restore balance.”
Dong-eui Medical Center’s Oriental Esthetic & Obesity Center offers people options for not only shedding excess weight but for actually restoring muscle tissue and body shape back to its original state. Though the hospital specializes in Western medicine, it has a great reputation for its Oriental therapy programs.
According to the director of Oriental therapy, Dr. Lee Soon Jeong, the weight loss program focuses on the long term rather than a quick fix. “This program helps reduce the ‘yo-yo effect’ of dieting by ensuring natural weight loss,” she said. “Our program keeps the the body slim without any of the side effects by correcting unhealthy habits.”
Along with herbal therapy, the Oriental method includes several types of painless acupuncture that infuses the body with herbal remedies that stimulate the lipolytic processes that occur in the body naturally.
There is also a very interesting form of acupuncture to the ears which acts to suppress hunger by stimulating the region of the brain where hunger occurs.
Along with a regiment of multi-vitamins and herbs to help the body better do what occurs naturally, there are other herbal mixtures that help stimulate body metabolism as well as increasing your body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients into the system.
While this all sounds good, don’t think that you are getting off easy with an effortless weight loss program –there is exercise involved, too. The program at Dong Eui includes a personally designed exercise program that can be done in the exercise therapy room at the hospital or at home.
Finally, the program includes remedies to help your skin look younger. “With this treatment, we can improve the shape of your face, as well as reduce wrinkles by helping the circulation in your muscles and skin,” said Dr. Lee
So, if you have been putting off that New Year’s Resolution to rid yourself of those extra pounds, contact nurse, Lee Hei Sung, at Dong Eui Medical center. She speaks excellent English and can help you with any questions you might have about the weight loss program or any of the hospital's varied services.
Dong Eui Medical Center is a large, full service hospital and is located near the Yangjeong subway station on line one. You can contact Hei Sung for all hospital services at 051-850-8941 or 010-9457-8941 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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