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Using Acupuncture for Weight Loss

By Rob Benhuri - Aug 17, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Acupuncture for Weight LossWhen it comes to losing weight, people tend to try lots of different methods, diets, and other strategies before they find one that truly works for them. Some people find that acupuncture for weight loss is the most helpful for them. Acupuncture for weight loss is not a new invention, but it is typically not used on its own for optimal benefits to be seen. In general terms, acupuncture for weight loss won???t be a cure-all for anyone seeking it out. Instead, it???s considered what???s called adjunct therapy???it???s used in tandem with other therapies to help make it easier to lose weight and maintain that loss, so long as the patient is willing to make lifestyle changes as well. If you???ve been considering acupuncture for weight loss, learning more about it will help you decide whether it???s right for you.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is a form of therapy that involves inserting thin needles into the body at acupuncture points. It can be commonly used for pain relief, but is often also used for other ailments or symptoms, or to aid the patient to attain a higher level of health and wellness.

When speaking specifically of weight loss, the acupuncturist normally chooses points that have been shown to reduce the appetite, regulate the metabolism, and calm anxiety. When combined with better-informed eating choices, this is usually a powerful and very effective way to lose weight.

What Points Are Used for Weight Loss?

Points Used for Weight LossThere are a number of different acupuncture points that can potentially help weight loss treatments. Many of these points are on the ear, and named for the organ or systems that the point best helps to regulate. The acupuncture points commonly used for weight loss include:

  • Mouth: For impulsive eaters, who may also smoke or talk a lot.
  • Stomach: Helpful for people who eat even after they are full or who constantly nibble.
  • Hungry: Assisting in general appetite control.
  • Lung: For food addicts as well as people who love chocolate and sweets
  • Shenmen: Said to be a calming point that helps with frustration, insecurity, anxiety, and anger.
  • Thyroid: Helps with slow metabolism rate.
  • Kidney: Aides with water retention as well as nervous system and hormonal imbalances.
  • Spleen: Helps with sugar imbalances and hormonal disturbances
  • Adrenal/Ovary: Helps with weight loss due to PMS or menopause
  • Endocrine: Helpful for water retention weight

Can Acupuncture Help People Lose Weight?

The number of acupuncture treatments necessary for results will depend on the patient???s individual goals for weight loss, including the speed at which they want to lose weight and their commitment to keeping weight off (i.e. what sort of lifestyle changes they will be making to aide with the acupuncture treatments).

The aforementioned points, also known as ear points, are the best-known acupuncture approach to weight loss, but patients can???t count on the acupuncture to do all the work. While other weight loss treatments such as lap band surgery or Weight Watchers can help with some symptoms and provide support for others, they don???t tend to get to the root cause of the weight gain. If someone is an overeater triggered by anxiety, going to meetings for weight loss isn???t going to be able to help much. Likewise, if they snack constantly despite not being actually hungry, the lap band surgery can only do so much.

Acupuncture aims to meet in the middle and help alleviate the symptoms that trigger weight-increasing behavior, rather than simply reduce the amount that someone weighs.

What Supplements and Activities Are Typically Recommended?

In addition to acupuncture treatments, acupuncturists will typically recommend certain supplements and ideas for boosting the benefits of the acupuncture.

Certain dietary supplements can help increase the effectiveness of the acupuncture sessions, while adding in activities and behaviors like additional exercise or diet plans can help boost how much weight is lost.

In order to find out more about the most helpful supplements and ways to boost weight loss with acupuncture, it???s recommended to talk to your acupuncturist for their advice, as there is no one-size-fits-all approach and the supplements needed are heavily dependent on your specific situation..

Getting Acupuncture Help for Weight Loss

If you???re interested in exploring the idea of getting acupuncture for weight loss, feel free to contact the professionals at City Acupuncture anytime. We are dedicated to providing the best care possible for your needs, and we???re happy to explain how acupuncture treatments can help you reach your goals.

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