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Weight Loss and Acupuncture

In Oriental medicine the root of excess weight is an imbalance within the body’s energetic systems. Acupuncture points, foods, and herbs are selected to assist with weight loss and to help rebalance the energy of these systems.

Specifically it’s the Spleen’s energetics that are responsible for the proper functioning of the digestive system. When functioning correctly this system ensures that the food we eat is transformed into energy. Disharmony of the spleen will create symptoms such as fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, loose stool, and feeling of heaviness.

The liver’s job is to keep the flow of the body’s Qi, blood and emotions running smoothly. Our modern, fast-paced lifestyle and chronic stress can negatively impact the liver’s ability to function properly and smoothly. This, in turn, can cause the spleen and the whole digestive system to function poorly and decrease metabolism. Liver disharmony can also cause some of the “triggers” that lead to cravings and compulsive eating.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine addresses the issues of over-eating and low metabolism with effective tools to control appetite and increase energy.

Energetic imbalances are corrected and the digestive and elimination processes are improved so that there is a physical shift in the body to naturally have more energy and desire less food. By addressing both the physiological and psychological aspects of weight loss, acupuncture and Oriental medicine provide a comprehensive therapy for weight issues that promotes better digestion, smooths emotions, reduces appetite, improves metabolism, and eliminates food cravings.

The herbs and foods that are chosen during a weight loss treatment are for promoting healthy digestion, energizing the body, augmenting energy (Qi), and improving elimination of water, toxins, and waste products. Most patients report a marked decline in appetite and cravings with acupuncture alone, but herbs, healing foods, and exercises can definitely enhance the efficacy of the treatments.

Investigate how Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can assist with weight management goals and help you to live a healthy life.


Author – Jim Burnis is a local Gold Canyon Acupuncturist – 480-671-5178, contact Jim Burnis.

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