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Happy Bodies! Acupuncture Can Help Women Achieve Greater Weight Loss – (Men too!)


Acupuncture Weighs in for Weight Loss

Health is everything, and as everyone is well aware, a healthy weight is essential for one’s well-being.

There are many reasons people become overweight – hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common. The ancient practice of acupuncture helps to heal a host of ailments.

Acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.

study reported in Acupuncture Today showed that women with a BMI (body mass index) of over 27, between the ages of 22 and 42, who used diet, exercise, and acupuncture lost twice as much weight than those who did diet and exercise alone, even if they did not comply exactly with the treatment plan. That’s pretty impressive.

The body is made up of two opposing forces: the yin and the yang. Yin represents the cold and passive parts of the body/spirit, while yang is the hot and active areas. When these two parts are out of balance, qi (or life energy) stops following through paths called meridians. Acupuncture is the art of placing the needles at different points along the meridian path. When the fine needles are barely inserted into the skin along these strategic points on the body it can restore balance to the flow of energy.

Point sites for appetite control are found on the external ear, as well as odd places like the feet, or hands, or even the abdomen. Upper back point sites may be chosen. Treatments often include other considerations such as metabolism improvements, elimination of fats and fluids, as well as improved diet and exercise advice. Emotional aspects that underlie can also be addressed with acupuncture.

The body has a history that it subconsciously remembers and that can affect its ability to be optimally functioning and healthy. Acupuncture theory can recognize some signs to that history, and how the body is currently affected, and then chose appropriate point sites to give improvement. A healthy body is a happy body!

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Kuruvilla A, Acupuncture and Obesity, Medical Acupuncture 2003; 14(2) 32-33

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