Did you know that acupuncture is a natural and safe means of boosting your weight loss plan?
There are many reasons people become overweight – overeating, hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common. Acupuncture is a great alternative treatment for losing weight. It works as an appetite suppressant, aids in digestion, helps boost metabolism and enables relaxation. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. An important benefit of acupuncture is that there are no harmful side effects and no possibility for addiction.
Acupuncture affects both physical wellness and mental aspects of weight loss. An increased level of endorphins is helpful in curbing your cravings, and this can be particularly helpful for those who deal with emotional eating. Acupuncture will leave you feeling calm and relaxed and often less hungry. Regular acupuncture treatments have also been shown to help tone and shrink the stomach muscle, and this helps you feel full faster.
Acupuncture treatments are designed to fit the needs of the individual. Points on the body will be chosen for overall well being with the objective of increasing circulation of the blood and qi (vital energy/life force) and soothing the nervous system. Qi circulates throughout the body and balances out spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health.
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 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.
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. 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.
Along with a healthy eating plan and appropriate exercise, acupuncture is a wonderful way to help you lose weight.
A healthy body is a happy body!
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