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Acupuncture Can Increase Weight Loss

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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese traditional medicine (TCM) that goes back thousands of years. Traditional acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when the body’s vital energy cannot flow freely.

If one of the energy points (chakras) becomes blocked, this can result in problems.

By using tiny needles and placing them at various different acupuncture points, any blocked energy can be released, restoring the body’s overall physical, mental and emotional balance.

Often, a person who is overweight is blamed for eating too much but this may not be the case. Being overweight or obese can be caused by underlying illnesses such as thyroid dysfunction, polycystic ovaries or diabetes, to name just a few.

Acupuncture isn’t a magic instant fix where you stick a few needles in and suddenly begin to lose weight, but it can be used to address any underlying health issues that are causing weight gain and thus help to correct the problem.

Is There Scientific Evidence for Acupuncture?

Yes! Acupuncture for weight loss is used widely in China and there are many published scientific papers showing that it can help.

For instance, a study at Nanjing College of TCM found that acupuncture affected the sympathetic adrenal system and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal system and helped them to function better, resulting in weight loss.

A study in Poland looking at post-menopausal obesity in women who qualified for hormone replacement therapy, found that acupuncture with a low calorie diet was more successful at treating menopausal obesity than the low calorie diet alone.

The authors concluded, "Acupuncture seems to be an additional useful healing method in treatment of menopausal obesity."

A more recent study held at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical Center in Taiwan in 2010 found that a new method of acupuncture, laser acupuncture, had a therapeutic effect on people with obesity.

Researchers recorded the patient’s body weights and body mass index before treatment and four weeks after treatment, and found that acupuncture resulted in a mean reduction in body weight of 3.17kgs and in a body mass index reduction of 1.22kgs.

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Acupuncture totally works for weight loss, so its great to see some studies adding 'proof' to what myself and many have known for a long time.

Acupuncture seems to work on the hormones to regulate leptin sensitivity, ie the appetite mechanism. It also helps to encourage energy and Qi circulation which then better flushes the lymph, and reduces water retention, including that in the fat cells, thus shrinking them. It also has the effect of stimulating the stomach muscles to make them more resilient to re-size the stomach after years of overeating.

I've done acupuncture for weight loss twice, which you can read about here: http://worldvitae.com/tcm-weight-loss-acupuncture/

I have no doubt that it work, particularly combined with other methods. However, as you may have guessed since I've done it twice, it can be difficult to maintain. Long-term weight loss only works with total lifestyle change and a daily commitment to keeping the weight off. Unfortunately the easy lay-on-a-table approach of acupuncture for weight loss doesn't require lifestyle commitments. It may not be sustainable, but the weight will come off with acupuncture.

June 15, 2012 - 10:46am
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June 6, 2012 - 2:23pm
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