Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves stimulating certain points of our body by inserting thin needles into our skin. It is common knowledge that acupuncture is generally used to treat headache, joint pains, migraine, and other pain-related problems. But, is acupuncture beneficial for weight loss? If so, how does it help?
Traditional Chinese Medicine’s view on Obesity
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that excessive weight gain or obesity is caused due to the imbalance in the spleen, liver, thyroid glands, kidney, and the endocrine organ system. These imbalances are caused due to many factors specific to each individual’s body. That is why An acupuncturist will target these specific organs to achieve effective weight loss.
How Acupuncture aids in Weight Loss?
Acupuncture can aid in weight loss by stimulating the energy flow in our body, which in turn can increase metabolism, reduce appetite, reduce stress, and decreases food cravings. The needle therapy of acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the feel-good hormones. This hormone reduces the need to binge eat to get the endorphin released. In a way, it counters stress in a positive way by not inducing the person to eat more.
It basically targets the brain part that feels hunger due to stress or other factors. Studies have shown that people who opt for acupuncture for weight loss has shown a significant drop in their BMI and displayed good improvement in their health markers such as blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
A Brief about Auricular Acupuncture
Along with the liver, spleen, thyroid glands and all the other above mentioned organs, the ear is also another organ that is targeted to achieve weight loss. Auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture is also another method of acupuncture that has been seen as effective for weight loss. One specific point in ear acupuncture is linked to controlling hunger and appetite.
Details on Acupuncture sittings for Weight Loss
The number of sessions needed for weight loss through acupuncture is 40 minutes of needling for 20 days. This treatment cycle gives a minimum reduction of 5-7 cm in the waist When the patient comes we will measure the waist of the patient. After 20 days we can show the reduction in waist measurement. At MIAH, we have impressive weight loss success stories where a reduction of 3-5 inches of the waist was seen in 21 days of treatment. The Acupuncture treatment for weight loss does not require any specific dieting, exercise or drugs