Can Acupuncture Help Me Lose Weight? by Lieum Fallon, Calm Spirit Acupuncture and Massage

July 29, 2016

acupuncture-picI get this question often in my practice and I tell my patients that the answer is complicated, but the short answer is “YES.”

First I need to know why you believe you are overweight. Do you eat too much? Do you eat too little? Do you have a voracious appetite? Do you have particular food cravings? Are your hormones out of balance? Are you able to exercise regularly? If you aren’t sure how much exercise you are doing, or think that you should be doing more, then make sure to track your exercise with something like a Fitbit (you can find out more about which to get here at Mobile Mob), the reason we ask this is so that we can get a good idea of how much exercise you are actually doing, to see if the problem lies here. Are you tired? Stressed? Depressed? There are a slew of reasons that can lead to excess body weight. We need to get a complete picture of your overall health in order to develop a treatment to aid in weight loss – whether that be by exercising more often, trying out acupuncture, or even by having surgery (with the help of bariatric surgery financing if necessary).

There are no magic acupuncture points that will make a person lose weight. There is no magic recipe or plan that can cause weight loss in every single person. Weight loss is a very personal matter that is both body and mind dependent for each different person. Sometimes nucific bio x4 ingredients and other supplement contents help to curb appetite, which works for some people. Other people want to focus on exercise. Getting acupunture won’t miraculously change your weight, but you have to test what works for you. Given the correct diagnosis, an acupuncturist can restore balance to your body, give you the energy to exercise, improve digestion and reduce appetite or cravings. We can reduce your stress which may subdue the desire to stress eat. There are some acupuncture points that are common in weight loss treatments, especially ear acupuncture, but each treatment is unique to your issues.

Chinese medicine is all about balance. When your body is in balance, you will feel better and be able to better take care of your body. You will desire to eat healthier foods. You will have the energy required to exercise. If you have pain that keeps you from exercising, we can take care of that as well. We can counsel you as to what foods would be helpful for you to eat or avoid. Chinese nutrition is not the same as our western ideas, so you may be surprised by our suggestions.

Just as with any weight loss regimen, achieving balance takes time. You will need repeated treatments to reprogram your body. It is common with acupuncture to have some immediate results that last short periods of time. With repetition, the results last for longer periods of time becoming more permanent.

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