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TCM: A Natural Guide to Weight Loss That Lasts (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

by Nan Lu, published by Collins (2000-06-01)

Buy now from Amazon.com for $14.95
Amazon rating of 4.5 out of 5, Amazon sales rank: 24619

Editor's Review:

The Dragon's Way

To Natural, Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss

Here at last is the secret to taking off pounds and inches and keeping them off for life. Unlike popular "miracle" diet programs and products, The Dragon's Way addresses the root cause of your weight problems and offers a remarkable six-week program that shows you how to reach your optimum weight and stay there. The Dragon's Way is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories that have been practiced for thousands of years. Today billions of people worldwide benefit from this medical system. The Dragon's Way is not about food restrictions, apetite suppression, or vigorous exercising. It's about treating the whole person instead of focusing on weight; about how to use ancient energy movements to awaken your healing ability; about showing you how to use food as a healing tool; and about helping you achieve the harmony and balance in your own body that can result in natural, healthy, permanent weight loss.


  • How the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach differs from diet programs
  • How this TCM program makes you feel better physically and emotionally
  • How stress causes weight problems
  • How food cravings signal body needs
  • Why depriving your body of food leads to further weight gain
  • Healing foods and recipes that help you eliminate excess water and body fat
  • Herbal supplements and energy movements that encourage body harmony and help you avoid excess wieght
  • Additional health benefits beyond wieght loss
  • And Much More!

Reader Reviews:

this is an excellent beginners book on chinese medicine, one of the best I have seen, it is simple and clear with pracitcal suggestions. It is gentle and non judgemental. Thank you for such a great book.The forms in this book are superb and the text is well written and clear. This is an excellent book for anyone who is serious about losing weight while taking care of their body and is also a fine introduction to five elements theory.The negative review posted by the last person is so totally out of line. You really have to do the exercises and follow the program to understand how wonderful it is. I doubt that person tried the exercises or the eating plan. I will admit, it probably could have been written better, but English is not Nan Lu's primary language. If you are looking for some "literary masterpiece" it's not, but it wasn't meant to be. You need to go past the superficial to the message of the book which is total health. It is unfortunate that it is written with a weight loss title because this book is primary about getting healthy which will inevitably lead to weight loss if you need to lose weight. Even if you don't need to lose weight this book can help you become healthy. I just recommended this book to my dad who isn't overweight, but who is a diabetic with high blood pressure. I definitely believe the exercises will be able to help him. That's what brought me to this page, and when I saw that negative review I just had to respond.
I have been doing the exercises for about 3 or 4 years. They are extremely easy and only take about 20-25 minutes. They are definitely very effective - you can feel the change of energy throughout your whole body after you do them.
When I first bought the book I needed to lose weight. I hit a plateau and could not lose any more weight. This book, along with the video by the same name that I purchsed through his office listed in the book, helped me break the plateau and lose weight and inches. You don't need the video - you can easily follow the exercises in the book, but I like something to follow along with, like I am taking a class.
The diet is excellent - I didn't even follow it perfectly (I would have a bowl of high fiber cereal per day with some soymilk besides following the rest of his suggestions) and I still lost weight. Another amazing benefit to the diet is I totally lost my desire for sweets and snacks! If you know me, it's definitely amazing because I have a very sweet tooth and like my snacks. Because I was eating so well I had no desire at all for junk food. After I lost the weight, I still continued to do the exercises to maintain my weight and my health. There were times when I would do them in my office during my lunch break if I was having a stressful day.
I definitely would suggest to anyone that they try the exercises in this book and if they need to lose weight, then follow the eating plan as well. Peace. The first 70 pages of the book are nothing more than the author trying to convince the reader this is an effective method towards releasing weight. But, even after the author gets to the point, the convincing continues, ad nauseum.

I became so bored reading the same statements over and over again that I started skimming through the book to find relevant information. Unfortunately, the relevant information is so scattered that its very tedious to put it all together. For example, the author says most Westerners expect a list of foods to eat right off the bat. After trying to convince the reader this is an unhealthy approach to eating, a food list is given (about 20 pages later). Yet, its another 50 pages before the author explains why those specific foods were chosen.

This book is supposed to be written for Western minds to understand Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in order to bring their bodies into balance. Yet, very little explanation is given about the priciples of TCM. The author only glosses over the divisions TCM practitioners use (hot/cold, dry/damp, internal/external, etc.), making it difficult to know how to use them correctly.

This may be an effective method for reducing weight, but the poor presentation makes this book practically worthless.I am currently half-way through Nan Lu's six-week program and I am pleasantly surprised at how good I feel. Working in the finance industry in NYC can be very stressful, yet my head is clear, I feel calm and balanced, an my body feels much stronger. This program is helpful in addressing much more than weight issues. After only four days of practicing the Wu Ming Meridian therapy (Qigong), an ache I had in my shoulder for a few months disappeared. To date, I've lost 5 lbs and 4.5 inches. The exercises are the foundation of the program. They are amazingingly effective for dealing with hunger. In fact, I no longer get really hungry. I like all of the foods on the recommended list and have been so much fun creating my own receipes for my vegtable stir-frys, that I haven't gotten to the recipes in the back of the book yet. The book does gives you tips on how to get through each week, so you feel supported as you go along. He also explains TCM in very simple terms so you can appreciate the process because you are learning why it works. I've had success using TCM years ago for migraines so I didn't have to be sold on it's effectiveness. I just wish I had started using it sooner to address weight management.
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