Acupuncture For Weight Loss?


Many people are asking, “Does acupuncture work for weight loss and if so, how does acupuncture work for weight loss?”

It’s swimsuit season and you realize that you don’t have the body you once had to fit into that sexy bathing suit or the ripped abs to look good in a pair of swim trunks. If you have tried dieting and exercise to lose weight, it may be time to explore the option of using acupuncture for weight loss.

Chinese acupuncture is all about restoring and maintain balance. In today’s modern society odds are that you are chronically stressed and out of balance in many ways. Using acupuncture for weight loss is a muti-faceted approach. There are acupuncture points for reducing stress, reducing cravings, speeding up metabolism, improving digestion, regulating appetite, regulating hormones, etc. Each of these addresses a contributing factor to being overweight. Research has shown acupuncture to be effective in balancing hormones that regulate appetite, metabolism and fat storage. Acupuncture can also strengthen the liver. Your liver plays a major role in proper digestion, use of nutrients and breakdown of fats.

Acupuncture re-balances the hypothalamus, a portion of the brain which controls the level of hormones in your body. These hormones help increase metabolism and improves nutrient absorption and processing stimulating the breakdown in fat. Since acupuncture has a sedative effect, it helps calm your mind and helps decrease or eliminate emotional eating habits.

“How does acupuncture work?”

Acupuncture stimulates points on the body to improve the flow of energy (Qi: pronounced chee) and regain balance to the system. This is usually done by inserting tiny needles just into the skin. Those needles are sometimes manipulated manually or with electricity.

For acupuncture for weight loss they will sometimes stick small magnets (sometimes called ear seeds) to points on your ear. You can keep these on for several days. You can stimulate these points when you are having cravings or feeling stressed.

In addition to weight loss, acupuncture is often effective in treating anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, chronic pain, addictions, high blood pressure and more.

Acupuncture For Weight Loss

Acupuncture For Weight Loss

“Does acupuncture hurt?”

Acupuncture is nothing like getting a shot at the doctor. You will feel a very slight pinch when a needle is inserted. Different areas of your body will be more or less sensitive. Most people would not describe it as painful. Depending on what is going on in your body, you will probably on occasion have a point that is associated with some pain. Be sure to bring this to the acupuncturist attention. After the needles are inserted most people are able to deeply relax and often doze off.

Acupuncture points for weight loss?

Common points for this are on the ears, face, hands, stomach and legs.

Acupuncture for weight loss is not a magic pill. It can be a great boost to healthy eating and exercise habits. A treatment will probably be 10-12 one hour sessions over several weeks.

With the rate of obesity in the United States, many people are turning to alternative methods in addition to traditional diet and exercise. Acupuncture for weight loss has become more popular and over the years there have been numerous research studies that have proven its effectiveness in losing weight. Combining it with Chinese herbal medicine will help maximize your results.

Be sure to find a qualified acupuncturist. Most states require a license.

 


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