Acupuncture and Weight Loss
Acupuncture is a therapy and weight control is a lifelong battle. So
are acupuncture and weight loss associated?
Acupuncture involves needles being inserted into certain pressure
points on the body. Depending on where the needles are placed,
different effects can be created in the body.
For example, stress and
anxiety can be triggers in the brain for overeating.
acupuncture to control these stimuli, a patient can gain a certain
amount of control over weight loss and weight maintenance. Correctly
applied, acupuncture can also stimulate the metabolism. Therefore if
you are concerned with weight loss and weight maintenance, acupuncture
presents another avenue for exploration.
Before any treatment begins you must first be assessed by an
acupuncturist who will determine what type of problems you are trying
to overcome. It might be overeating due to stress, excessive hunger or
other reasons, or there might be a physical condition that needs to be
corrected. Your acupuncturist will then develop a course of treatment
tailored especially for you. Usually it will involve points of pressure
on the body and in the ears. Acupuncture points for weight loss include
points in the mouth, stomach, lungs, ovaries, spleen, kidney and so on,
depending on what your acupuncturist determines will be best for your
situation. For example acupuncture may involve inserting a needle in
the thyroid to improve metabolism or in the endocrine if water
retention is a problem.
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Needles remain in place for about 30 minutes, sometimes more. Sometimes
electro stimulation is used to improve performance of the needles. It
is not painful or uncomfortable.
You might be sent home with ear tacs in place. These tiny needles are
inserted behind the ears and covered with adhesive to keep them in
place. The technique is used to allow patients to continue to stimulate
pressure points for several days. Rubbing the ear tacs causes the
release of endorphins which helps to extend the benefits of the
In addition to puncture, your acupuncturist might apply pressure for
several minutes to three pressure points that will stimulate and aid
digestion and elimination. These are your large intestines, your
stomach and your pericardium (the pericardium is the cavity or sac that
contains your heart).
Acupuncture and weight loss both require commitment. If you are using
acupuncture treatments, you will probably have to attend every day for
the first few days. After that treatments will be spaced every three
days or so for the next few weeks. If you have a lot of weight to lose
(more than 10 pounds) you may require more intense treatments. On
average acupuncture patients need to lose about 10 pounds or so.
Along with acupuncture treatment, a good acupuncturist will make sure
you receive nutritional counseling and work towards lifestyle changes
that will ensure you keep the weight off. You can also continue with
periodic treatments every few months to keep up the momentum. Patients
should consider stress reduction exercises such as yoga and meditation,
or Tai Chi. Stress is a huge factor for most individuals. The theory
is, if you control the stress, you control the trigger mechanisms that
cause us to overeat. If you are interested in finding out more about
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