Weight Loss & Appetite Control
Acupuncture for weight loss became popular is 2003 when CNN reported on successful acupuncture weight loss clinics in China . Chinese researchers tested the effect of acupuncture on weight loss and cholesterol compared to the effects of diet restriction. Patients who received acupuncture lost twice as much weight as patients on diets. Additionally, patients who received real acupuncture treatments experienced decreases in serum total cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels.
One basic explanation comes from the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is an endorphine gland which is located at the base of our brain. The main function of this gland that we are interested in is regulation of our metabolism rate. It is not very common that overweight people have a low metabolism rate, but stimulation of this gland may increase it and help us feel full and stop eating sooner than we usually would.
Acupuncture weight loss has no harmful side effects and no chance for addiction. It is a perfectly natural means of boosting your weight loss efforts.
According to The North American Association for the Study of Obesity, important lifestyle factors that contribute to weight loss include stress, level of activity and eating habits. At Irvine Acupuncture we also use acupuncture points that have calming and relaxing effects, that makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration and anxiety that can trigger overeating.
Acupuncture for weight loss summary:
- Reduces hunger and food cravings
- Feel full so you can eat less
- Eases the frustration and anxiety that triggers overeating
- Increase your Metabolism
Diet and exercise are two important factors in keeping and losing weight. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases recently compared weight loss treatments that used lifestyle changes to those that employed traditional medicated therapy. The study determined that treatments that helped with lifestyle adaptation produced greater weight loss for adults than medicated weight loss.
Acupuncture weight loss treatments need to be performed on a regular basis in order to be successful. However, we will educate you that the treatment on its own is not likely to be enough to result in long term, permanent weight loss .
Acupuncture is an ADJUNCT therapy. It is not a wonder cure or a magic bullet in the treatment of weight loss. But, acupuncture is effective in making it easier to lose and maintain that loss if you are willing to change your lifestyle.