There are many reasons people become overweight – hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common. Acupuncture works to assist other weight control strategies to reap their full benefits, as well as addressing other health concerns that may be affecting one’s metabolism and digestive health, among other issues.
Using acupuncture to tackle weight loss is a multi-faceted approach.
The Benefits of Acupuncture For Weight Control
When fine needles are barely inserted into the skin along strategic points on the body it can restore balance to the flow of energy along rivers of Qi (pronounced chee), or life force.
Why does acupuncture work for weight control? Weight gain is often the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining “homeostasis” or functional balance that allows the body to run like a finely tuned instrument. It is the body’s dispatch center that regulates hormones and neurochemicals, and helps to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst and hunger.
What is of particular interest is the ability of acupuncture to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism.
Some of the ways that acupuncture can aid in assisting other weight control methods is by helping to regulate appetite, quelling cravings, improving metabolism, improve cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels, strengthening your stomach and spleen to improve 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. It decreases fluid retention. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.
It will also improve energy levels so exercising is easier and reduces stress! And who doesn’t like that?
Acupuncture is a wonderful tool that may very well work for you if you’re struggling with metabolism and/or weight issues.
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Here’s to a healthy you!