Weight Management: How Acupuncture Can Help

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Many people have struggled with being overweight and obese, which may result from various health factors or lifestyle choices. In fact, an estimated 160 million Americans are either overweight or obese. Billions of dollars are spent every year on weight loss and weight management programs, but it has been found that 95% fail in their attempts on losing weight.


In turn, excessive weight gain can also result to various diseases that affect the mental, emotional and physical aspects of an individual. Almost 30% of the world’s population are overweight or obese. As a result, the US had the highest rate of obesity within the OECD group of large trading economies. 


If you have struggled with losing weight, acupuncture can definitely help in your regimen. In fact, there are studies that show that acupuncture can help you lose weight more effectively, when done alongside healthy diet and exercise habits. Practitioners deem one to three acupuncture sessions for weight management to be safe and effective in helping you achieve realistic weight loss goals. Furthermore, some people experience the effects quickly after acupuncture sessions, and they can continue with their regular treatment every other week.



Acupuncture Treatment for Weight Management

Your acupuncture treatment will involve the insertion of fine and sterile needles at particular body points. Practitioners consider these points to be energy pathways, and the insertion of needles helps eliminate blocks to your energy flow. Also, there is a belief in Traditional Chinese Medicine that the improper functioning of the liver and spleen organ systems can cause excessive weight gain. Your acupuncturist will assess your condition and determine specific points that can affect weight loss. Here are the possible points which need to be treated to help you manage your weight:


Kidneys and Endocrine System: These will be addressed to stimulate nerve and hormonal rebalancing, and to treat water retention.


Spleen and Thyroid Gland: To bring balance to your hormones and blood sugar levels.


Adrenal and Ovary Glands: Treating these will address weight gain due to Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or menopause


Ear Stapling: This method manipulates points on the ear that help control food cravings and stimulate metabolism. Medical Acupuncture published a study about ear acupuncture combined with a 2,000-calorie diet and 15-minute walk a day helped subjects lose weight. Those who took a 15-minute ear acupuncture session every week lost an average of 10 pounds.


Acupuncture can also stimulate the release of endorphins. As a result, this can create a relaxing and calming effect that help promote healthy eating habits. If you overeat due to stress, anxiety or frustration, acupuncture can help you become calm and control your appetite without having to resort to drugs.


Learn more about the effects of acupuncture on a person’s weight.



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Does an Acupuncture Treatment Hurt?

Acupuncture patients are usually surprised that the treatment doesn’t hurt. Thus, the treatment is relatively pain-free. At most, people may experience a dull ache or slight tingling feeling around the base of the inserted needle. These sensations are usually brief. If you have a low tolerance for pain, or are afraid of needles, you’ll only find brief sensations of jolts or tingling. During the entire acupuncture session, you may notice that you can barely feel the needles at all.



What You Can Expect After the Treatment

With a combination of acupuncture and ear stapling, many patients have lost 1 to 2 pounds every week and lessened their food cravings. It is definitely not a quick fix, but it helps you lose weight more effectively. Regular exercise and sticking to a healthy diet are still crucial in achieving your weight loss goal.



Get an Acupuncture Session Today

Santa Barbara Herb Clinic offers a wide variety of specialties that cater to many health issues, including weight management. Our holistic approach to treating the causes of weight gain will help you lose weight naturally and effectively. See our line of specialties that can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle and optimum wellness.





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