Acupuncture for Weight Loss – How it works

| March 2, 2010 | 0 Comments | 442 views

A practitioner would choose points of treatment depending on the patient’s diagnosed problem. The needles are then inserted in these points. Once inserted the needles stay in place for about 30-45 minutes per session, then they are removed.

Points in the ear are replaced with ear tacks or ear staples and an adhesive is placed over them. Normally the ear staples are exactly where the needle was. These are meant to continue treatment in between sessions.

When the patient feels an urge to eat in between meals or when it is unnecessary to eat, they apply a mild pressure on the ear staples; alternatively rub them back and forth for about 20 seconds. This results to a direct stimulation causing a mild endorphin release, relaxing the patient to regain control.

The endorphin hormone is believed to create a conducive physiological and psychological environment to make lasting choice to overcome eating temptations. The tacks are removed after three days or sooner if they are uncomfortable. The treatment frequency depends on the patients goals. For a faster loss of weight, acupuncture weight loss would be done more often. But whatever you choose the treatment tapers off in frequency.

For example you can start with a treatment session a day, then to every other day and then to twice a week and finally after you gain your ideal-weight a booster treatment. This booster treatment may be once every two weeks and finally terminate treatment.

Short course acupuncture weight loss treatments mainly aim to suppress appetite and assist in acquiring the lifestyle change necessary to maintain healthy weight.

Acupuncture for weight loss program goes hand in hand with a healthy weight loss diet and an exercise regime. Though clinically acupuncture for weight loss has yet to prove significant effect in loss of weight, there exist prove that it can be effective for some people. Especially for those whose weight problem is mainly linked to stress.

Roots of Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Acupuncture originates in China 3500 year back and is part of the traditional medicine based on the Chinese theory of ‘Qi’ pronounced “chi”. Qi according to this theory is the force or energy that controls the mind and the body. It is believed to flow through pathways in the body called meridians.

Acupuncture points are points in the body where Qi can be stimulated to restore body system balance and health. Specific points are believed to stimulate specific organs and bodily functions.

Acupuncture weight loss points target the following:

  • Shemmer point - which helps in calming anxiety, anger, frustration and insecurity
  • Endocrine System and Kidneys - to treat water retention a source of some weight regain as well as stimulate nerve and hormonal rebalance, 
  • Spleen and Thyroid Gland - for sugar and hormonal rebalancing
  • And finally Adrenal and Ovary Glands - to treat weight gain due to menopause or P.M.S. 
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