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Acupuncture for Weight Loss & Detox

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Last Updated Aug 28, 2020

Weight loss is a concern for a lot of people and is something that can be quite difficult to achieve. Acupuncture is a treatment that may help you to assist with your weight loss. Read this article to find on how acupuncture can help with weight loss.

How Might Acupuncture Help With Weight Loss?

To achieve a meaningful weight loss, you have to make significant lifestyle changes, and acupuncture may help you with this. Oftentimes, many of us are concerned about the lack of energy, increased stress levels, and difficulty in coping with pain that can occur once we started a new exercise routine. Acupuncture may be helpful to your weight loss as it has been shown to increase your energy levels, providing motivation to exercise. It may also help with pain relief after exercising. It may also be useful if you have a metabolic condition that results to weight gain, as it was reported to increase metabolism, reduce food cravings, and improve blood circulation.

More specifically, acupuncture has been found to reduce both weight and cholesterol levels by mobilising your energy stores. Studies have revealed that people who received acupuncture lost twice as much weight as those who were on a diet regimen alone. Additionally, they have also decreased their levels of cholesterols, triglycerides, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

Acupuncture may also help you regulate sleep, and this is also important for weight loss. Regular sleeping patterns help sustain the body throughout the day, help maintain a balanced lifestyle, and allow the metabolism to find a steady and balanced rhythm.

However, it is interesting to note that many studies are contradictory and there is yet any scientific evidence that acupuncture can assist with your weight loss.

What Acupuncture Points Are Used For Weight Loss?

Acupuncture points for weight loss chart

If you are using acupuncture for your weight loss, generally, the acupuncture points in the ear as they are used for both weight loss and general detoxification of the body. During treatment, the acupuncturist places five needles in each ear. Out of these needles, four directly corresponds to specific body organs namely the kidneys, lungs, liver, and the nervous system. The fifth needle is used for relaxation. Once the acupuncture treatment begins, the body is being stimulated to produce endorphins. Endorphins are the “feel good” hormones in the body that help fight cravings for carbohydrates, reduce the person’s appetite, and also helps with the withdrawal symptoms if weight loss is connected with drug abuse, smoking, or alcohol drinking or abuse.

Aside from the points in the ear, other acupuncture points in the body can also be used for treatment. This is why it is very important to have a detailed consultation with the acupuncturist. The acupuncturist must know your eating habits to determine digestive problems and also your appetite. They will also check your pulses to identify your general energy states and measure the state of the stomach energy. Your tongue will also be checked for cracks and white or yellow coatings. There provide clues on the patient’s condition and the possible reasons for gaining weight.

The needles are inserted into the body at certain points and these include:

  • Mouth – this point relates to an impulsive eater who is also a chain smoker
  • Stomach – this point relates to a person who is obese (eating even when the stomach is full)
  • Lungs – this point relates to people who are addicted to food
  • Endocrine – this point relates to those who gain weight due to water retention
  • Senmen – this point relates to the psychological reasons for anxiety, frustration and loneliness.
  • Spleen – this point relates to those with hormonal and sugar imbalances.
  • Kidney – this point relates to those with the nervous system and water retention.
  • Thyroid – this point relates to those with a slow metabolism.

Find an acupuncturist in your local area. You can also try other weight loss programs.

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Originally published on May 01, 2018

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