Using acupuncture to help with weight loss may be unconventional but many traditional doctors of western medicine are beginning to accept the validity of this ancient method and even recommend it to some of their patients. This change in mindset is due in large part to an increasing number of scientific studies showing up in western medical literature which show convincing evidence that acupressure is effective.
In a recent issue of the medical journal, “Obesity Review,” several doctors systematically reviewed the scientific literature on using acupuncture for the treatment of obesity. They found that, when compared to pharmaceutical weight loss drugs, acupressure resulted in greater weight loss, a greater reduction in the body mass index (BMI), and a decreased weight circumference which is a good indicator of how much fat is actually being lost. The best news was that with acupressure being used as a treatment far fewer patients regained the weight they had lost. As a treatment by itself, acupressure was more effective than lifestyle changes such as change in diet and exercising more. However, if acupressure and lifestyle changes were used simultaneously, the results were more effective than either treatment alone.
It is predicted that by 2020, 42% of all Americans will be obese. This is of course an alarming prediction. Many health experts believe that to resolve this crisis we need a multi-pronged approach. Acupuncture works well in combination with conventional weight loss methods such as exercise and eating a healthier diet lower in calories.
In traditional Chinese medicine, weight gain is the result of an imbalance in the body. Acupressure aims to restore this balance by stimulating trigger points in the body. This is done by inserting thin sterile needles just beneath the skin. For those who are afraid of needles, laser treatments have proven to be just as effective and are needle-free.
The effect of the weight-loss treatment is to suppress cravings and appetite, increase metabolism, restore the normal functioning of hormones involved in metabolism, reduce stress, and help the body more efficiently uptake nutrients and eliminate wastes. In Chinese medical terms, this stimulates the “chi,” the vital energy of the body, and restores balance to the entire system. Acupuncture, like all Chinese medicine, focuses on an holistic approach which is very different than traditional medicine which tends to work on isolated systems of the body.
A full course of acupuncture treatment for weight loss usually involves eight to twelve weeks. Usually patients come in once a week but sometimes twice a week visits are scheduled. Treatment is always personalized. Auricular acupuncture utilizing acupuncture points in the ear are frequently done as well as stimulation of trigger points ion the abdomen.
In summary, if you are looking for a quick fix, acupuncture is not a magic bullet. However, it can be quite effective at making it easier for you to lose weight and, combined with lifestyle changes, it is one of the most effective weight loss methods.
There is substantial evidence that weight-loss with Acupuncture works … and that it is long lasting. It is definitely an option you should explore … so give me a call (Wendy Lind) at 604-839-9789 for a consultation.