Chinese acupuncture can help dieters by tapping into the body’s many hidden energy meridians. There are many reasons people become overweight – hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common.
Using acupuncture to tackle weight loss is a multi-pronged approach. Fine needles are barely inserted into the skin along strategic points on the body to help restore balance to the flow of energy.
A rationale for using acupuncture for weight control is based in the ideas 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.
Acupuncture has shown the ability 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.
Acupuncture can help assist 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.
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture Can help
There has been another recent study and report out of Britain showing more research that verifies acupuncture can help reduce extra pounds. In this particular study, Auricular acupuncture therapy, or acupuncture on points on a person’s ear was the focus of the study. Auricular acupuncture is based on the understanding that the outer ear represents all parts of the body. This theory was first used in France in 1956 by Dr Paul Nogier who noticed that a patient’s back-ache was cured after sustaining a burn on the ear. Since then the approach of Auricular acupuncture has been used to treat drug addiction and help people give up smoking and lose weight.
In this new study participants were asked to follow a restrictive (although not weight loss) diet and not to take any extra exercise during the eight week period of their treatment.
The new research showed that using continuous stimulation of five acupuncture points may be better at reducing abdominal fat (the midriff bulge)
than single point stimulation. In the new study Korean researchers compared acupuncture of five points on the outer ear — shen-men (divine gate); spleen, stomach, hunger, and endocrine — and one point (hunger).
The results in the new study was that waist circumference fell and measures of body fat also fell.
Acupuncture helps to heal a host of ailments, and practitioners of Western medicine are increasingly more embracing acupuncture it to help with chronic pain, high blood pressure, postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting, addictions and weight loss.
Have you been struggling with weight control? Maybe it’s time to see if the ancient art of acupuncture can help you with your weight loss or weight control issues.