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Apr 13

Atractylodes and Weight Loss

atractylodes and weight lossAtractylodes is one of the most important and prominent herbs in Chinese herbal medicine and has been used for more than 2,000 years in Asia. The herb is an energy enhancing herb or a qi tonic and can help reduce a person’s appetite if it is too strong and increase metabolism if some has a weak basal metabolic rate.

The herbal tradition of Chinese medicine has used the numerous benefits of atractylodes and weight loss is one of those benefits, for more than a thousand years.

If can help those with water accumulation or edema by drying what the Chinese call “dampness” and increasing urinary output. As a qi tonic, Atractylodes is often used in formulas to enhance energy. Interestingly it is also has been used to restrain excessive perspiration in people who tend to sweat too much or too easily.

In DiaSlim, our 9 herb formula for weight loss, Atractylodes help promotes natural weight loss by tonifying the spleen and pancreas and increasing metabolism. It will help reduce the appetite in someone whose appetite is too strong, but it can increase the appetite if an appetite is too weak, meaning that the person is often not absorbing nutrition from their food. It can help balance water metabolism and reduce excess water weight, while also helping to burn fat.

Apr 12

Nobiletin and Weight Loss

nobiletin and weight lossNobiletin is a flavonoid found in the peel of the tangerine fruit. Dr. Murray Huff, from the University of Western Ontario, just published research in the journal Diabetes, adding weight to the growing proof that extracts of tangerine peel can not only prevent obesity and type II diabetes, but even prevent atherosclerosis.

Chinese medicine has used tangerine peel, the main source for nobiletin and weight loss in herbal medicine, for thousands of years.

Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, said: “The Nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity. And in longer-term studies, Nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. This study really paves the way for future studies to see if this is a suitable treatment for metabolic syndrome and related conditions in people.”

Chinese medicine has used tangerine peel, the main source of nobiletin, for thousands of years in formulas used to treat obesity, phlegm related conditions, digestive disorders and even coughs.

This new research is really exciting to us here at TCM Nutra. We knew that tangerine peel contained nobiletin and that it was an important contribution to our herbal formula for weight loss, DiaSlim, but we did know realize how powerful nobiletin actually is for prevention. Prevention is the core focus of our program, The TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) Weight Loss Solution, of which, DiaSlim is a part. DiaSlim is a 9 herb formula for natural weight loss and blood sugar regulation that includes tangerine peel extract and thus nobiletin.

To Check out the research in the online edition of the journal Diabetes, go here. And for a great article in Obesity News, go here.

Apr 11

Tangerine Peel and Weight Loss

tangerine peel and weight lossRecent research from the University of Western Ontario, in Canada, is shedding more light on some of the reasons why the Chinese have used tangerine peel for centuries to treat conditions like obesity, blood sugar problems and diabetes.

Chinese medicine, in the herbal tradition, has used the numerous benefits of tangerine peel and weight loss is one of those benefits, for thousands of years.

Dr. Murray Huff, the principal investigator, had previously isolated a chemical from grapefruit called naringenin and found that the flavonoid was a very good preventative for obesity and metabolic syndrome.  Metabolic syndrome, also called syndrome x, metabolic syndrome x, cardiometabolic syndrome and CHAOS in Australia, is a combination of medical disorders that greatly enhance the likelihood of heart disease and diabetes. It is estimated that 25% of the US population is in a stage of metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Huff’s recent research focused on tangerines. After isolating a flavonoid called nobiletin from the tangerine peel, the researchers added it to the diet of mice used in the study. Mice fed high levels of sugar and carbohydrates who did not ingest the tangerine peel extract developed metabolic syndrome, gained fat tissue and developed diabetes. However, the group of mice that were fed nobiletin with their food did not develop diabetes, did not gain fat, and they did not develop fatty livers and the concurring high cholesterol that goes along with a fatty liver.

One of the astounding findings was that nobiletin, a pigment only found in the peel of the tangerine, was 10 times more effective at preventing weight gain and metabolic syndrome than the pigment found in grapefruit called naringenin.

If tangerine peel is so effective for weight loss, why haven’t more studies been done? It is an important question. If you look at the amount of money that it takes to do considerable research, the reason becomes obvious. Though tangerine peel has long been used in Chinese herbal medicine for weight loss, there has been no economic incentive for companies to study the fruit because the only people who stand to make money from it are small herbal companies, like TCM Nutra and others, and the growers of the tangerines. Hopefully, research on effective herbs like tangerine peel will continue to get the media attention it deserves.

Tangerine peel is one of the 9 herbal ingredients in our herbal remedy for weight loss, DiaSlim. When we were doing research for our herbal formula for weight loss, DiaSlim, we knew that nobiletin was a prominent flavonoid in the peel, and that is was effective for weight loss, but we did not know that nobiletin was responsible for such dramatic prevention of weight gain and the other problems associated with a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates. When we manufacture DiaSlim at our facility in the US, we first do an alcohol extract of the peel to extract as much nobiletin as possible, we then do a water extraction as well to make sure we have extracted all the nutrition out of the peel.

This research helps us to better understand why people are getting such amazing results for weight issues, blood sugar problems and sugar cravings with DiaSlim.

Our program for weight loss, The Chinese Medicine Weight Loss Solution, combines an information packed ebook with our revolutionary herbal formula for weight loss, DiaSlim.

To learn more about the Chinese Medicine Weight Loss Solution, go here

Apr 6

Breaking the Brain’s Food Addiction with Herbs

breaking the brains food addiction with herbs

Recent research done in the US indicates that areas in the brain associated with cocaine and other drug addictions are the same areas activated when a food addict simply looks at a tempting food. It seems familiar to most us, a Pavlovian response even, you see the milkshake and your mouth waters. But what is the difference between someone who sees the milkshake and is not tempted and the one who crushes through the line to get to the waiting barrista?

While this particular research, which used MRIs to observe specific areas of the brain, is just coming out, anyone trained in biochemistry might have surmised years ago that most people who have intense food cravings are under the same brain mechanisms as a drug addict. In short, the cycle of food/drug addiction looks like this:

You eat sugar, spike your blood with caffeine, eat high carb foods or smoke…which leads to:

  • Your adrenal glands release adrenaline and cortisol (aka stress hormones) then..
  • Adrenaline releases stored sugar into the bloodstream and cortisol breaks down muscle into sugar then…
  • Your pancreas reacts to sugar in the bloodstream then…
  • Insulin is spike which stores extra sugar as fat then…
  • Insulin also allows tryptophan to cross the blood brain barrier then… (Here is where the addictive mechanism kicks in)
  • Tryptophan is converted to serotonin in the brain causing you to feel better then… (this is medicating with food, or “emotional” eating)
  • Sertonin depletes very quickly as blood sugar crashes and you crash feeling depressed and low energy then…
  • You crave sugar, stimulants, nicotine or other foods to pep up, eat them and the vicious cycle continues.

So it is easy to see how food is addictive, just as cigarettes and high doses of caffeine can be addictive. And it is also easy to see how and why that when cigarette smokers quit smoking, they gain weight. When we reach for that sugary snack when we feel emotional or depressed or sad, we are temporarily altering our state. We want to feel better and we use the things we are addicted to as a way out of out bad feelings, but as we can see from the progression above, the food/drug is only a quick temporary fix.

It is possible to break the brains food addiction with herbs, and Dia Slim can help.

I spent 10 years observing this cycle of food and drug addiction in patients and in myself and then I learned how to short circuit the brain’s mechanisms with herbs. DiaSlim is a combination of organic herbs that treats the root of the addiction to food by acting on the body’s insulin resistance and serotonin levels. With DiaSlim, your cravings will diminish, your energy and natural vitality will return and you will be able to make healthier food choices.

Our organic herbal remedy DiaSlim can break the brain’s food addiction and help you lose weight in a sustainable way that treats the root problem: addiction.

To learn if DiaSlim is right for you, go here.

Mar 16

Herbal Remedies for Radiation

herbal remedies for radiationThe fact is that herbal remedies used for treating the side effects of radiation from nuclear fallout or other exposures, have not been studied extensively in the United States. This is not true of Japan. After World War II, when Japan was bombed with nuclear weapons, the Japanese needed to find cheap ways to treat victims of radiation poisoning and they studied many herbs and some algae. Herbal remedies for radiation are needed in the modern world.

While we do know that many common herbs and herbal remedies are used in America for the side effects of radiation treatment for cancer, more research is necessary for radiation do to nuclear energy radiation or contamination. With the Fukushima disaster in Japan, many people are trying to understand what herbs and plants can help them if they are exposed to high radiation levels.

The recent earthquake in Japan and the subsequent nuclear radiation and fallout will definitely require that the government seek out cheap ways to help their citizens detoxify and purify their bodies if they are exposed to such radiation. Because nuclear radiation exposure is a very rare event, herbs are not commonly used for detoxifying the body after exposure, but the situation in Japan will demand cheap ways to help people who are exposed detox their livers and blood.

The Japanese herbal system called Kampo, has it’s roots in Chinese herbal medicine. Most of the kampo system was inherited from the longer herbal medicine traditional established in China over thousands of years. The Chinese herbal medicine system, or traditional Chinese medicine, has used herbal remedies for successfully over thousands of years to treat the most difficult disease and symptoms.

The herbal formula Dia-Slim, which is based on the wisdom of Chinese herbal medicine combined with modern herbal research, contains 9 herbs that have been used for lowering blood sugar and for stimulating fat loss and detoxification. Some of the herbs in Dia-Slim, like green tea for example, have been researched in Japan for promoting purifying and detoxifying effects on the body.

Researchers in Japan contend the green tea can help with the bodies detoxification pathways and may help when a person is exposed to radiation.

Formulas like Dia-Slim may be one way to help people detoxify their bodies cheaply after exposure to radiation but more research is definitely needed.

To learn more about DiaSlim go here

Jan 26

Gymenema Sylvestre and Sugar Cravings

gymnema sylvestre and sugar cravingsCravings are one of the most powerful reasons why people are unable to make healthy food choices.

I have worked with hundreds of people, helping them attain their weight loss goals and one of the most effective means to do this is to help people “short circuit” their sugar cravings.

One of the most potent herbs in the world to short circuit uncontrollable sugar cravings is Gymnema Sylvestre. When applied to the tongue, this herb literally blocks the sweet taste from your mouth. So what you might ask? You like that sweet taste right? Use gymnema sylvestre and sugar cravings disappear.

Well, in controlled studies, subjects that had Gymnema extract applied to their tongues ate far fewer calories than controls. Take home message? Gymnema on the tongue will cut your sugar cravings and help you eat less.

As I was doing years of research for Dia-Slim, my nine herb formula for controlling sugar cravings, burning fat and reducing blood sugar levels, I knew I could not leave out Gymnema. We also added green tea leaf which has been shown to increase fat burning by up to 25% during exercise.

A recent patient said this about Dia-Slim:

“Finally, my addiction to sugar is gone, along with the obsessive cravings. This has been a life-long problem for me. Thanks to James and Dia-Slim, it is gone. What freedom!”

Janet Baker

If you have cravings, want to lose a little extra weight or have blood sugar problems, Dia-Slim might be right for you. This herbal weight loss formula is organic (5 herbs out of 9) and side effect free.

To learn more click here

Jan 22

Green Tea and Weight Loss

green tea and weight lossA study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1) demonstrated that green tea produces a significant increase in energy expenditure (a measure of metabolism) in individuals, combined with a significant effect on fat oxidation. While some of the effects were originally attributed to the caffeine content of green tea, the researchers discovered that the green tea effects on energy and weight loss go beyond those that would be caused by the caffeine.

In fact, they found that consuming green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expediture. Use green tea and weight loss happens much more easily.

Another study showed that after drinking green tea test subjects burned 25% more fat during exercise. Both studies suggest that green tea can greatly assist both resting metabolic rate and fat burning. Indeed green tea can be used in any weight loss program. We recommend Dia-Slim for herbal weight loss, it contains 9 herbs, including green tea to radically support your herbal weight loss plan in a safe effective way. To learn more about Dia-Slim and The Chinese Medicine Weight Loss Solution, click here.

1. Dulloo AG, Duret C, Rohrer D, Girardier L, Mensi N, Fathi M, Chantre P, Vandermander J. “Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans.” Am J Clin Nutr. 70(6): 1999. 1040-5. pubmed

Nov 19

Bitter Melon Blood Sugar

bitter melon blood sugarBitter Melon (botanical name: Momordica charantia), also called “Ku Gua” in Chinese, has been used to help prevent or counteract type 2 diabetes for thousands of years in India, and more recently in China and in the US. Because of it’s profound influence on supporting normal glucose levels, we have added bitter melon to our revolutionary herbal formula for blood sugar support, Dia-Slim. Patients report that when using bitter melon blood sugar normalizes.

A recent scientific study at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in India, reported that bitter melon increases insulin sensitivity.[1] In 2007, the Philippine Department of Health reported that bitter melon, as a scientifically validated medicinal plant, can lower elevated blood sugar levels. The study revealed that 100 milligrams per kilogram of body-weight per day, is comparable to 2.5 milligrams of the anti-diabetes drug Glibenclamide taken twice per day.[2]

Bitter Melon contains four very promising bioactive compounds. These compounds activate a protein called AMPK, which is well known for regulating food metabolism and enabling glucose uptake, processes which are impaired in diabetics. “We can now understand at a molecular level why bitter melon works as a treatment for diabetes,” said David James, director of the diabetes and obesity program at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. “By isolating the compounds we believe to be therapeutic, we can investigate how they work together in our cells.”[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Bitter melon contains a lectin that has insulin-like activity. The insulin-like bioactivity of this lectin is due to its linking together 2 insulin receptors. This lectin lowers blood glucose concentrations by acting on peripheral tissues and, similar to insulin’s effects in the brain, suppressing appetite. Bitter melon has been used traditionally to suppress appetite and sugar cravings.

This lectin is likely a major contributor to the hypoglycemic effect that develops after eating bitter melon and why it may be a way of managing adult-onset diabetes. Lectin binding is non-protein specific, and this is likely why bitter melon has been credited with immuno-stimulatory activity, by linking receptors that modulate the immune system, thereby stimulating those immune receptors.

To learn more about how we use Bitter Melon in our herbal formula Dia-Slim go here.

1. Sridhar MG, Vinayagamoorthi R, Arul Suyambunathan V, Bobby Z, Selvaraj
N (4/1/2008). “Bitter gourd ( Momordica charantia) improves insulin
 sensitivity by increasing skeletal muscle insulin-stimulated IRS-1
tyrosine phosphorylation in high-fat-fed rats” British Journal of
Nutrition 99 (04): 806. doi:10.1017/S000711450783176X. PMID 17942003.

2. “Ampalaya tablets out soon for diabetics”. GMANews.TV. March 27, 2007.

3. Tan, Min-Jia; Ji-Ming Ye, Nigel Turner, Cordula Hohnen-Behrens, Chang-
Qiang Ke, Chun-Ping Tang, Tong Chen, Hans-Christoph Weiss, Ernst-Rudolf
 Gesing, Alex Rowland, David E. James, and Yang Ye (21 March 2008).
”Antidiabetic Activities of Triterpenoids Isolated from Bitter Melon 
Associated with Activation of the AMPK Pathway”. Chemistry & Biology 15
(3): 263–273. doi:10.1016/j.chembiol.2008.01.013.

4. Rao BK, Kesavulu MM, Giri R, Appa Rao C (October 1999). “Anti diabetic
and hypolipidemic effects of Momordica cymbalaria Hook. fruit powder in
 alloxan-diabetic rats”. J Ethnopharmacol 67 (1): 103–9. doi:10.1016/S0378

5. Virdi J, Sivakami S, Shahani S, Suthar AC, Banavalikar MM, Biyani MK.
(September 2003). “Antihyperglycemic effects of three extracts from
 Momordica charantia”. J Ethnopharmacol 88 (1): 107–11. doi:10.1016/S0378-

6. Shetty AK, Kumar GS, Sambaiah K, Salimath PV (September 2005). “Effect 
of bitter gourd (Momordica charantia) on glycemic status in
 streptozotocin induced diabetic rats”. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 60 (3): 109–

7. Krawinkel MB, Keding GB (July 2006). “Bitter gourd (Momordica 
Charantia): A dietary approach to hyperglycemia”. Nutr Rev. 64 (7 Pt 1):

8. Miura T, Itoh C, Iwamoto N, Kato M, Kawai M, Park SR, Suzuki I (October 
2001). “Hypoglycemic activity of the fruit of the Momordica charantia in
 type 2 diabetic mice”. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo) 47 (5):

Oct 29

Gymnema Sylvestre For Blood Sugar

Gymnema Sylvestre Blood SugarOne of the most potent herbs in the Dia-Slim formula for lowering blood 
sugar naturally is Gymnema. Gymnema Sylvestre is native to south and
 central India and has been used to treat blood sugar issues for nearly
 2000 years. In fact, In India, Gymnema is known as the “Sugar Destroyer.” Ayurvedic medicine has used Gymnema Sylvestre for blood sugar issues and diabetes for hundreds of years.

Interestingly, Gymnema will immediately dissipate the sweet taste in your 
mouth after ingesting a sugary food. You can try this with a red grape.
 Simply chew up the grape and while the sweet taste is in your mouth, 
consume a teaspoon of Dia-Slim. The sweet taste will immediately

This anti-sweet activity of Gymnema is very powerful for those with sugar
 cravings. In fact, consuming Dia-Slim at the onset of emotional eating or
 when sugar cravings kick in is a great way to obliterate the craving and
 relax. Gymnemic acids have been isolated from Gymnema extract and they 
seem to play a powerful role in aborting the sweet taste in the mouth.
 Patients report that in addition to losing weight with Dia-Slim, their 
sugar and carb cravings are radically reduced.

Extracts of Gymnema are not only used to curb a sweet tooth, but the
 Gymnema leaves are also used for other problems such as hyperglycemia,
 obesity, high cholesterol levels, anemia and digestion issues.

In 2005, a study at King’s College in London revealed that a water-soluble
 extract of Gymnema Sylvestre caused reversible increases in intracellular
 calcium and insulin secretion in human β-cells without compromising cell
 viability. This study suggests that extracts derived from Gymnema
 Sylvestre leaves may be useful as therapeutic agents for the stimulation
 of insulin secretion in individuals with Type 2 Diabetes.[1]

All the herbs in Dia-Slim are first water decocted, then alcohol extracted to get the most medicine from the plant. To learn more about how Dia-Slim can help you go here.

1. Asare-Anane, H Huang, GC Amiel, SA Jones, PM Persaud, SJ (2005).
”Stimulation of insulin secretion by an aqueous extract of Gymnema
 sylvestre: role of intracellular calcium”. Endocrine Abstracts 10: DP1.


Mar 24

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and Pre-Diabetes

traditional chinese herbal medicine and prediabetes

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine and prediabetes have a long history. People with prediabetes have higher than normal levels of blood glucose, a form of sugar the body uses for energy. Prediabetes, also called impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance, can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Preventive measures include weight loss, behavior modification, and glucose-lowering drugs.

In China and other Asian countries, Chinese herbal medicines have been used for thousands of years to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes, and there is anecdotal evidence regarding efficacy for this purpose. There are also a tremendous number of studies that have been done in China and other Asian countries that have yet to be published in the English language.

A recent review of the research, funded in part by NCCAM, examined related clinical trials to see whether scientific evidence supports recommending Chinese herbal medicine as a treatment option for people with prediabetes.

The review looked at 16 clinical trials involving 1,391 participants with pre-diabetes, 15 different herbal formulations, and various comparisons (i.e., lifestyle modification, drug interventions, placebo). Study duration ranged from 4 weeks to 2 years (average 9 months). No adverse events were reported. Analysis of data from eight trials that included lifestyle modification as a comparison found that lifestyle modification combined with Chinese herbs was twice as effective as lifestyle modification alone in normalizing blood sugar levels. Participants who received herbal formulations were also less likely to develop full-blown diabetes during the study period.

The reviewers concluded that although their findings are promising, further, well-designed trials are needed to clarify the potential role of Chinese herbal medicines in glucose control and diabetes prevention.

The 9 herbs in our proprietary formula, Dia-Slim, have long been used in Asian and recent research varifies their effectiveness in helping to control blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance.

To learn more about how Dia-Slim can help you go here.


* Grant SJ, Bensoussan A, Chang D, et al. Chinese herbal medicines for people with impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting blood glucose. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2009(4):CD00066690.

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