Acupuncture is a practice which is more than 5,000 years old, significantly older than Western medicinal therapies and practices. Historically, acupuncture is one component of an overall program of Chinese Medicine that includes theory, practice, diagnosis, physiology, and the use of herbal preparations. Acupuncture is used to control pain, treat allergies, relieve addiction withdrawal, and help people lose weight.
What is Acupuncture Weight Loss?
Acupuncture weight loss treatment involves what most people think of when they think about acupuncture. Inserting hair-thin needles into particular spots on the skin that are believed to help the body function properly. Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the body's own "feel-good" pain-relieving chemicals.
How Acupuncture Weight Loss works?
Acupuncture is an not a panacea therapy. It is not a wonder cure in the treatment of weight control. But, acupuncture is effective in making it easier to lose and maintain that loss if the patient is willing to change their lifestyle.
The exact mechanism by which acupuncture works is unknown but we know that acupuncture needles inserted into specific points on the body and in the ear release endorphins which have a calming and relaxing effect that makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration and anxiety that can trigger overeating and bingeing on fattening foods.
Benefits of Acupuncture Weight Loss
A benefit of acupuncture weight loss treatment is that unlike certain medications, there are no harmful side effects and no chance for addiction. It is a perfectly natural means of boosting the patient's weight loss efforts.
Acupuncture weight loss treatments need to be repeated on a rather regular basis in order to maintain the effects. However, the acupuncture specialist will instruct the patient that the treatment on its own is not likely to be enough to result in long term, permanent weight loss.
Points for Acupuncture Weight Loss
Acupuncture weight loss target the following points:
- Shemmer point- which helps in calming anxiety, anger, frustration and insecurity
- Endocrine System and Kidneys- to treat water retention a source of some weight regain as well as stimulate nerve and hormonal rebalance,
- Spleen and Thyroid Gland - for sugar and hormonal rebalancing
- And finally Adrenal and Ovary Glands- to treat weight gain due to menopause or P.M.S.
How Acupuncture Weight Loss is Achieved?
As was mentioned earlier, a good weight loss program includes nutritional counseling and exercise as well as a commitment to make permanent lifestyle changes. The acupuncturist can help with nutritional counseling and can discuss a diet regimen that the patient can live with and maintain for the long term.
The acupuncturist may use electro stimulation on some of these acupuncture points to increase the endorphin release and stimulate the metabolism.
The needles would be kept in place for around thirty to forty-five minutes depending on how much support was needed for the patient, and after the needles are removed, ear tacs with adhesive on them are often placed in the same spots on the ear to continue the stimulation between treatments.
A doctor gives you an herbal prescription that is to be taken weekly. You visit the doctor for a series of treatments. After the fourth treatment the electric stimulation is increased. The doctor may revise your prescription. After a few treatments, you should begin to feel full more quickly than you used to. After the 10th treatment you should take a two-week break to focus on your diet and exercise plan.
Safety and Care for Acupuncture Weight Loss
No conclusions can be made on the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture in helping people lose weight as a single weight loss method. Most of the studies published, used acupuncture in combination with traditional methods of weight loss, like dieting and exercise.
No serious adverse events have been reported within the first three to four weeks of starting acupuncture for weight loss. A very few side effects are reported by subjects during this same time period.
Within the first three to four weeks of undergoing 1-3 acupuncture weight loss sessions and when used with traditional methods of weight loss, acupuncture is safe and effective in helping people lose weight. No conclusions can be made on its safety and effectiveness beyond 4 weeks.