Weight Control (Weight Loss)

Over 40 percent of Americans are obese and trying to lose weight.

Although Americans spend over 33 billion dollars annually on weight loss programs, the failure rate remains enormously high at 95 percent.

In dealing with weight loss and control, we must first deal with key factors that lead to the issue. Factors such as diet, metabolism rate, exercise, genetic disposition, and your willpower must be addressed. In most cases, the patient’s attitude is the key to success.

To clear the misconception, acupuncture is not a magical treatment for weight control. Acupuncture, however, is effective in making it easier to lose and maintain the loss if the patient is willing to change.

The reasons for gaining weight

  • Cravings due to low brain chemicals (serotonin and/or dopamine)
  • Depressed metabolism due to chronic dieting
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Insulin resistance
  • High cortisol levels due to chronic stress
  • History of failure with weight loss
  • Certain medications and toxic chemicals that cause weight gain or make it difficult to lose weight
  • Chronic sleep disorder

How does it work?

Acupuncture needles are inserted in specific points along the body and ear to release endorphins. Sometimes acupuncturists may use electro-stimulation to increase the release of endorphin and stimulate the metabolism.

The needles would be kept on certain places of the body around twenty to thirty minutes. After the needles are removed, adhesive ear tacks are placed on ears to continue the stimulation between treatments.

Acupuncture gives the patient a calming and relaxing effect that makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration and anxiety.

Acupuncture is also a safe and natural treatment method in controlling and losing weight. However, the patient must be willing to incorporate proper diet and exercise in combination with the acupuncture treatments to be successful.