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Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Acupuncture for weight loss should be used as part of a comprehensive plan that includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, and lifestyle modifications. It is not a standalone solution for weight loss but can be a complementary therapy to support you in reaching your weight loss goals.

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body that are believed to help regulate appetite, improve digestion, and boost metabolism. A review of several studies published in the journal Obesity Reviews in 2017 found that acupuncture may help with weight loss when combined with lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise. This study mentions the full complexity of why and how it works has not been fully established but acupuncture does work for simple obesity. It has also been suggested that acupuncture combined with regular massage sessions assist with weight loss.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, excess weight is seen as an imbalance in the body’s energy flow or Qi. Acupuncture aims to restore this balance by targeting specific points along the body’s meridians or energy pathways. Your acupuncture doctor will be able to assess where your problem lies, as it will vary from person to person.

During a session of acupuncture for weight loss, thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body, such as the ear, abdomen, or limbs. These points are believed to correspond to different organs and functions in the body.

I’ve experienced acupuncture and all you feel is a flick as the needles go in, no pain during the treatment and no pain when they are taken out. Some people may experience a prick or ache but the majority of people find the treatment relaxing.

Four ways acupuncture for weight loss can help:

  1. Suppress appetite: Acupuncture may help reduce cravings and control overeating by affecting the release of hormones that regulate hunger and satiety.
  2. Improve digestion: Acupuncture can help improve digestion by stimulating the digestive organs and promoting better absorption of nutrients from food.
  3. Boost metabolism: By stimulating certain points, acupuncture may help increase metabolic rate and energy expenditure, leading to more efficient calorie burning.
  4. Reduce stress: Stress is often a contributing factor to weight gain but acupuncture can reduce stress levels by balancing the body’s stress response.

Once you start losing weight your focus will no longer be on food but on the clothes you can now wear, respect from those around you, and being able to move more freely.

Excess weight damages your joints.  Assistant professor of rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University, Kevin Fontaine, PhD, has been quoted as saying “Being just 10 pounds overweight increases the force on your knees by 30 to 40 pounds with every step you take.” Imagine the freedom once you lose the extra weight! The best exercise is swimming as it is an overall muscle toner and doesn’t place stress on joints.

Why not give your acupuncture doctor a call today to discuss your weight loss goals and work out a program to release a healthier, happier you.

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