What to Expect from Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Acupuncture for weight loss is beneficial when used as a supplement to your weight loss plan. Acupuncture is relatively new to the West and is rooted in Chinese medicine where practitioners take a holistic approach to health and weight maintenance.

The Premise

The premise behind acupuncture is that your body has a flow of energy that needs to be fluid and continuously moving. When this energy becomes stagnant throughout your body, it creates problems. It can make it difficult for you to digest your food, burn off calories and lose weight as needed.

The Interview and Exam

An acupuncture intake session for weight loss will likely vary depending on your specific practitioner. However, generally you will first sit down with your acupuncturist to answer a series of questions. You may be surprised by the range of questions you will be asked. Some of them may seem unrelated to your weight loss goals. For example, you may be asked how you sleep at night or how often you go to the bathroom. From the acupuncturist’s point of view, this is all relevant. Your answers will give the acupuncturist an indication of your overall bodily balance.

After a thorough intake that includes questions about your eating habits and other bodily processes, the acupuncturist will examine you. This may include looking at your tongue to see if it has a coating and if so what color the coating is. This will indicate to the acupuncturist which organs in your body may be working too hard or not enough. Your pulse is another indication to an acupuncturist of your overall health. A fast pulse or slow pulse may be linked with potential organ imbalance and your overall state of vibrancy and health.

The Treatment

When it’s time for the treatment to begin, you will lie on your back and close your eyes. The acupuncturist will place needles in specific locations on your body. There is science behind each of these needle points. Each point corresponds to specific organs in your body. For example, if part of your weight gain is due to water retention, your acupuncturist may focus on your endocrine gland. A hormonal imbalance or problems with sugar cravings may be related to your spleen.

Each acupuncture treatment will generally last about 30 minutes. The needles that are used during the treatment stimulate endorphin release, which is believed to help you achieve greater organ balance. Endorphins are feel-good chemicals so you will often leave your visit to the acupuncturist feeling good and calm. Research has shown that it takes about ten acupuncture sessions before seeing weight loss results.

When combined with a sensible diet and a regular exercise regimen, acupuncture has been known to accelerate weight loss efforts. Acupuncture is generally not recommended as a sole method for weight loss. However, using it as a supplement to your other dieting efforts and visiting the acupuncturist for a series of treatments may help you to lose weight.


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