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Acupuncture for Weight Loss

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How does Acupuncture Help with Weight Loss?

Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used to aid in weight loss, because it treats the root of your weight gain. The main reason some people have difficulty in losing weight is because they have a low metabolism, are stressed out, have low will-power, have a voracious appetite, or a combination of any of these.

Recent research has shown that acupuncture regulates the hypothalamus.  The hypothalamus releases chemicals that tell you when you are hungry and when you are full.  Acupuncture can curb appetite, boost metabolism and digestion, and break down fats.
How your Body Reacts to Acupuncture for Weight Loss

The rationale for using acupuncture for weight control is based in the premise that weight gain could be 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.

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.

The guiding principal is that acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving 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. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.

Low Metabolism

Acupuncture treatments can also be used to raise your metabolic rate and help you burn more calories to speed up weight loss. Some Chinese medicine practitioners say that acupuncture stimulates the production of a hormone called endorphins and this hormone helps to lower body fat, insulin and lipid levels in the bloodstream, thus less insulin is converted into body fat.


Some people overeat because of stress.  Acupuncture treats stress very effectively and without side effects. Because of today's modern lifestyle, more and more people are overly stressed out from their jobs, hectic schedule, relationships, even traffic.  Chinese Medicine sees stress as an issue that affects heart, spleen, and liver.  We treat these main meridians and suggest herbal formulas that will calm the spiritAcupuncture is one of the best treatments to calm the nerves.

Low Will-Power

Some patients can't lose weight because they have trouble working out, making better food choices, and simply not overeating.  Traditional Chinese Medicine sees this as issues involving the gallbladder or the kidney.  We will treat these meridians as well as offer herbs that will aid the patient commit to their plan.

Voracious Appetite

Some patients can't lose weight because they simply overeat.  They feel almost possessed around food, and they simply must eat....this usually occurs late at night.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is known as stomach fire.  To treat this, we clear stomach heat with acupuncture and herbal medicine.