Acupuncture for Weight Loss
Weight problems are a major health concern in the United States.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
(NHANES) conducted in 2001 to 2004, about two thirds of adults in this
country are overweight, with nearly half of those falling into the
obese category. Being overweight/obese is a major risk factor for
serious health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke,
hypertension, certain forms of cancer, and more.
In addition to physical consequences, being overweight can have
significant impacts on an individual's mental well-being. It can lead
to lowered self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and ultimately, have
damaging effects on quality of life. Such negative feelings often lead
to emotional eating, or eating as a way to cope with negative emotions.
Often, those who eat for emotional reasons eat excessive quantities of
food and favor foods that are high in calories, fat, salt, and sugar.
Needless to say, such eating can sabotage any efforts to lose weight,
and the individual often finds him/herself trapped in a vicious cycle
of negative emotions and overeating.
Unlike fad diets and pills that often work against the body and
only provide temporary weight loss, acupuncture is a natural, safe, and
long-term solution to breaking the vicious cycle of being overweight.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), excess weight is due
to internal imbalances in the organ systems, such as those of the liver
and spleen. Modern living, which often includes chronic stress, poor
eating habits, and lack of exercise, can damage these organ systems and
results in slow metabolism, fatigue, digestive issues, water retention,
and pain problems. The end result of this is unhealthy weight gain.
Acupuncture is aimed at getting to the root of the issue by
correcting internal imbalances and working with the body to lose weight
and restore health. With regular acupuncture treatments, balanced
functioning of the organ systems can be restored, resulting in faster
metabolism, increased energy, improvement of pain problems,
detoxification of the body, and loss of excess water and fat. In
addition, the insertion of needles in acupuncture points causes the
body to release certain biochemicals, such as endorphins, which can
have a profound effect on stress levels. By reducing stress levels,
acupuncture can help put a stop to emotional eating and give a boost to
That being said, like any healthy weight management system, acupuncture
is not a magic bullet for weight loss and results cannot be expected
overnight. Losing weight in the most healthful and effective way takes
dedication and cooperation on the patient's part to commit to getting
regular treatments, adopt healthy eating habits, and stick to an
exercise program. By following a comprehensive weight loss program that
includes acupuncture, patients can not only expect to achieve and
maintain a healthy weight, but they can also expect an improvement in
overall health and vitality.
Click here for some healthy eating tips for weight loss.
Click here to read about our Acupuncture Weight Loss Program.
When seeking acupuncture therapy, it is recommended to see someone who is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.). Licensed Acupuncturists are experts in their field and have received thousands of hours of training in acupuncture. "Certified" or "Registered" acupuncturists, or those who practice "dry needling", on the other hand, are often practitioners who have taken a crash course in acupuncture and have as little as 100 hours or less of training. Be sure to see a Licensed Acupuncturist to get the best care and the best results!
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