Acupuncture stimulates biological reactions in many organs and systems and increases metabolism. There is a direct connection between the nervous system and endocrine system and it is responsible for the weight loss.
By stimulating certain acupuncture points we can normalize metabolism and reduce cravings and overeating. Then you start to lose weight! The great advantages of this method are that there are no side effects from prescription drugs.
Other benefits of weight loss through acupuncture include movement towards lower blood pressure and normalization of glucose. Overall quality of life can increases significantly allowing for more productivity and less anxiety or depression.
Classical methods of acupuncture treatment for weight loss consists of inserting needles into biologically active body points. The points are chosen individually and can be related to gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidney, pancreas, and thyroid function – all of which can assist in losing weight.
Every patient is unique and Asian medicine practitioners
have a specific approach to each patient.
Besides classical methods of acupuncture, the acupuncturist may add auricular acupuncture in which tiny needles or magnets are placed at certain biologically active points on the ear. For example, there is a “Hunger Point” that blocks appetite and suppresses hunger for a long time. It speeds up the time to satiety resulting in the patient becoming satisfied with less food.
Various types of functional medicine evaluation and treatment can be performed in conjunction with the acupuncture treatments. Cortisol, insulin and thyroid hormone status as well as food sensitivities and overall GI tract health are all implicated in weight gain and can be evaluated as indicated during the course of the acupuncture treatments.
Proper micronutrient status can help all of the cells in the body function better. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are all micronutrients that can be evaluated and healthy levels of these are a foundation for good overall health. Repletion of any micronutrients that are deficient can significantly enhance the effects of acupuncture and the success of the overall treatment.