Acupuncture for weight loss can be very effective for shedding weight gained by overeating. Acupuncture is an ancient form of treatment in which needles are used to stimulate the release of hormones from endocrine glands such as the pituitary gland. The hormones released, also known as endorphins, make you feel good. Acupuncture helps you to stop overeating, reduces stress and treats any digestive problems that could be the cause of weight gain.
It’s important for the acupuncturist to ascertain the state of your overall health before starting treatment. Most acupuncturists examine the patient’s tongue and check the pulse rate. This, together with your known eating habits, can help the acupuncturist decide where the needles should be injected in the body. Here are various types of acupuncture:
1. The Ear
Depending on your physical health and the reason why you want to lose weight, the acupuncturist will decide which part of the ear will be most effective in helping you eat less. Acupuncture can be done on many parts of the ear to cover almost all parts of the body. The acupuncturist will only use those points on your ear that will help you most. An appropriate number of needles are used depending on your eating habits, your psychological condition and your general health.
2. The Mouth
If you are a person who uses your mouth continuously and are either constantly eating or talking, certain points in the mouth can be used effectively by the acupuncturist to help you control yourself so that you don’t overeat.
3. The Stomach
Signals from the stomach make you realize you are hungry or full. Many people continue to eat even after the stomach has signaled that it is full. There are several points in the stomach that can control this compulsive overeating. These points can also treat digestive problems that develop in some people.
4. The Lungs
Acupuncturists can also treat the lungs of people who like to overindulge in chocolate or sweets.
5. The Endocrine System
If you suffer from water retention, an acupuncturist will treat those points that correspond to the endocrine system in order to balance the hormones that are secreted by your body.
6. The Ovaries
If you are suffering from premenstrual syndrome or the symptoms of menopause, the point used by the acupuncturist is generally the ovary point, as this will resolve any weight gain problems together with the condition you suffer from.
7. The Kidney
If you are suffering from hormonal imbalances, water retention or are under stress or anxiety, the kidney acupuncture point can be used effectively to help you lose weight.
8. The Thyroid
Persons suffering from hypothyroidism tend to gain weight. To control the symptoms of this disorder along with the weight gain, the thyroid acupuncture point will be targeted.
Acupuncture together with a healthy diet and regular exercise can help you lose weight and control overeating. It can also help improve your general health by treating digestive problems or hormonal imbalances that might be the cause of your increase in weight.