If you want to lose weight you should now try acupuncture! At least that’s what recent Western Medicine reports have been saying in the past couple years. There are many reasons people gain weight – slow metabolism, overeating, hormone imbalances, poor nutrition and possibly lack of exercise are some of the most common reasons.
Chinese practice of acupuncture is now getting under the skin of dieters of all ages by tapping into the body’s many hidden energy meridians. The Chinese ancient practice of acupuncture will help heal a host of ailments including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety, high blood pressure, and now weight loss.
The special needles used for acupuncture are thin, flexible and designed to slide through the body’s tissues without causing any pain, damage or bleeding. The needles are generally left in for about 15 – 30 minutes per session, and the acupuncturist may lift or rotate the needles as part of their healing technique.
How Does Acupuncture Work for Weight Loss?
When very fine needles are inserted just barely under the skin along strategic points of the body balance is restored to the flow of energy along rivers of Qi (pronounced chee), or life force.
The understanding for using acupuncture for weight control is that weight gain could probably be the result of a disturbed energy flow to and from the hypothalamus, the regulating center of the brain. The hypothalamus is mainly responsible for maintaining “homeostasis”. It is the body’s work center that regulates hormones and neurochemicals, which help[ to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst and hunger.
Acupuncture can control weight loss by curbing appetite, stopping cravings, boosting metabolism, and improving digestion. Acupuncture can also regulate obesity related hormones and strengthen the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals that are critical for digestion, processing important nutrients and breaking down fats. Acupuncture may also trick the stomach into thinking it is full.
Get Started Today With Acupuncture For Weight Loss
- Qualified Acupuncturist – Most provinces in Canada require that acupuncturists be licensed to assure that they have completed the necessary education and training standards to practice. Acupuncturists may also be medical doctors or other medical professionals who have completed a postgraduate program of study.
- Regular Acupuncture Treatments – Acupuncture for weight loss is best achieved with at least 10 treatments over a few weeks. Your acupuncturist may also want you to follow a comprehensive weight loss plan, one that includes healthy food choices coupled with proper daily exercise.