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Acupuncture and Weight Loss

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, and there are at least 300 million individuals with obesity worldwide. If you struggle with your weight, you are not alone.


Choosing to lose weight is a highly personal decision, and the journey can be emotional. Whether you want to lose a few pounds or a significant amount of weight, consider acupuncture as a natural and effective way to approach weight loss. Acupuncture for weight loss will show positive results and it is the best way to improve physical and mental health. It will fix all body imbalances and help burn calories faster. As with any weight-loss strategy, a single change in your lifestyle or behaviour is not likely to deliver the results you want. Even though acupuncture can effectively alter your metabolic and hormone levels, and address numerous issues related to weight loss, you should still complement this treatment with a healthy diet and regular exercise.


How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture can help with weight loss by regulating hormone production, improving the metabolism, optimizing digestion, reducing inflammation, suppressing the appetite, lessening water retention and optimizing other bodily functions that are related to obesity and weight loss.


Acupuncture is able to induce the release of endorphins in the body, which are feel-good hormones that can quickly eliminate stress and anxiety. Many people overeat when they have high levels of stress hormones or are feeling overwhelmed. Acupuncture can help to eliminate those urges. In addition, with diet changes, many people experience cravings, which can lead to binge eating. Cravings in the body are often due to a lack of endorphins. Acupuncture can help to balance out the cravings by helping the body to release endorphins.


Ear Acupuncture

In recent years, interest in acupuncture ear therapy, also known as auricular acupuncture, has increased as a potential treatment for weight loss. The ear is one of the densest areas on the body for nerve endings that are linked all over the body. There are dozens of different specific points on the ear, carefully studied and recorded over thousands of years, that can impact your health.


Duration of Treatment

If you are wondering if one session is enough to see impressive weight-loss results, hold up. Think of it this way: you wouldn't see results from going to the gym one time either.

It is generally recommended that patients seeking weight loss of around 10 to 15 pounds should receive treatment for six to eight weeks, several times a week in the beginning, and then taper off visits as time passes depending on how the process is going.


If you are interested in learning more about how acupuncture can help you on your health journey, visit us in the clinic for your first appointment!


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