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Acupuncture can help you lose weight

Dr. Vince Giardina Talks Weight Loss with Licensed Acupuncturist, Andrew Greenberg

Obviously, there are a number of ways to lose a lot of weight fast: Dieting, run more, counting calories, exercising for hours every day – all of these make you hungry, unsatisfied and loose appetite.  Fortunately, there is a better way to lose weight, all you need do is to get your body stretched on a couch and allow an acupuncturist to insert one or more dry needles into your skin and underlying tissues at specific acupuncture points.

Proofs of How acupuncture help with weight loss

A study on Acupuncture in 2013 followed 58 overweight Koreans for eight weeks. Subjects who received acupuncture of the outer ear, either in five spots or just one “hunger point,” lost more weight than the control group. Those in the five-spot group saw the greatest reduction in waist size. As National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine notes. 

Let me quickly show you how acupuncture can help reduce your weight.

It Promotes Digestion, Curb Appetite, and deal with Emotional Eating.

It is a general believe in Traditional Chinese Medicine, that excessive weight gains are caused mainly by an imbalance in the body due to a malfunction of the spleen and liver organ systems. To solve this, skilled acupuncture practitioners will concentrate on specific body areas to effect weight loss. Among these are the endocrine system and kidneys, which are addressed to treat water retention and to stimulate nerve and hormonal rebalance. The acupuncturist also targets the spleen and thyroid gland so as to effect sugar and hormonal rebalancing. Finally, the adrenal and ovary glands are included to treat weight gain due to menopause or Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Some people notice the effects of acupuncture fairly quickly and only require treatments every other week.

Acupuncture Practices for Losing Weight

Auricular Acupuncture: Ear sampling is a major Chinese acupuncture practice for losing weight. This involves manipulating points on the ear to control food cravings. Auricular acupuncture has been used successfully to help cigarette smokers and heroin addicts kick their drug habits.  When properly administered by a qualified acupuncturist, this technique may help some people lose weight. One study, published in Medical Acupuncture, found that ear acupuncture combined with a 2,000 calorie a day diet and 15-minute walk helped reduce weight. The study involved 20 obese women, 22 to 42 years of age. Half of those who received weekly 15-minute sessions of ear acupuncture lost an average of 10 pounds. Those without ear acupuncture averaged only a three-pound loss. Moreover, the women who received the acupuncture treatments reported a decrease in appetite.

Although, acupuncture for weight loss works on different levels. Acupuncture can stimulate the body’s production of serotonin and endorphins. Thereby relaxing the person so that they can avoid stress eating. Acupuncture has also been shown to improve the muscle tone of the gut to decrease hunger. Furthermore, acupuncture affects the hypothalamus which among many other things, plays a large role in the mechanisms of hunger. 

Truth be told, there isn’t any magical cure for weight loss. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are complementary therapies. An overweight or obese person must be willing to make a deep, long-term commitment to controlling their weight. Any therapy for weight control must be combined with a proper diet and exercise.