Most of us have tried so many different ways to lose weight including trying fad diets though usually without much success. There is another option you may want to consider that has been proven and used for more than two thousand years and that is using acupuncture for weight loss. If you are skeptical about this method - hold on - for it is something that has worked well for so long, which means that you should also give it some serious thought. My Chiropractor also treats patients with acupuncture and has a booming weight loss business.
A growing body of research supports the use of acupuncture in weight loss:
In a study carried out by the University of Adelaide in Australia in 1998, 95 percent of the participants receiving electro-stimulation on acupuncture points reported appetite suppression. The results showed that the acupuncture group was more likely to experience a reduced appetite and to lose weight than the control group.
A 2003 study published in The Journal of Medical Acupuncture found that participants receiving acupuncture lost more than three times more weight than the control group.
The exact mechanism by which acupuncture to loose weight 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. Also endorphins affect the digestive and hormonal systems so acupuncture can help rebalance the organ systems that are running too fast- or in this case too slow—i.e., the metabolism and the will power.
Acupuncture points on the ears have been found to be very effective for weight loss. The ear has been described as a micro-system of the body in an inverted fetal position; it contains points relating to all major organs and body parts.
Auricular points for acupuncture weight loss are stimulated with small tacks during treatment. Then seed-sized beads or magnets are taped to the points to enhance the effectiveness of the points at home. The beads will generally stay in place for 3 days to a week and can be gently massaged for 10-second intervals if cravings occur.
Here are some of the most commonly used weight loss auricular points:
Mouth: Calming point used for smoking, over eating and hyperactive talking.
Hunger Point: Used to relieve hunger and control compulsive eating
Endocrine point: Moves liver Qi and aids in the function of the metabolismShenmen: Important point for calming the mind and reducing stress
Small Intestine: Reinforces spleen, helps promote digestion.
Acupuncture came across the pacific ocean to the Western world from China where it had been used for thousands of years and is a common medical practice there. The use of acupuncture for weight loss is certainly a viable weight loss alternative and as recently as 2003 it gained notoriety and popularity in the West. In fact, after CNN made a telling report on successful weight loss through use of acupuncture in China it has found many new converts in the West as well.
In the Chinese theory of medicine, weight gain is a result of an out of balance digestive system and the use of acupuncture for weight loss is effective at restoring this balance, as it will help in strengthening the digestive system. As acupuncture helps in regaining control of your appetite, you are able to lose weight because you simply aren‘t as hungry. In fact, theoretically acupuncture for weight loss means it will improve the metabolism and helps to burn more calories and at a fast rate as well.
When weight loss acupuncture for weight loss is used the practice of sticking needles into the skin, which in turn are moved with the help of hands, or even by giving them electric stimulation. There is another method of using needles with lasers in combination to get better results. In any case, the needles are left in the skin for half an hour to do their work while you lay down and relax. The only side effects of acupuncture for weight loss known may include temporary dizziness, nausea as well as headaches.
When these needles are inserted into your skin, you will feel heat as well as a tingling along with maybe some numbness. In addition to weight loss, you will also experience other benefits including regulation of your menstrual cycle, better mood and lesser mood swings as well as not feel as fatigued as you were use to prior to taking the treatment.
While acupuncture for weight loss is being used, it is common for the acupuncturist to concentrate on certain points on the body for better results and these points include the mouth, stomach, lung, endocrine, adrenal as well ovary, spleen, kidney as well as thyroid, with each point working on different aspects of the person’s weight related problem.
You can expect to spend between sixty and one hundred twenty-five dollars for your first visit and succeeding visits may cost about thirty five to eighty dollars. .