Struggling With Your Summer Body? Acupuncture Can Help You Achieve and Keep The Look You Want!

The basic structure of weight loss is structured around being able to stay committed to nutrition health, daily exercise and lifestyle changes. While these basic principles can work well, they are temporary “solutions” at best. There is not a miracle cure for weight loss like most of us would love to think, but any truly dedicated person that wants to shred the weight to be happier with themselves as well as reap the health benefits can start with the practice of Chinese medicine to help them begin, maintain and keep their weight loss goals.

In a recent study by Triangle Acupuncture it was proven that acupuncture helped promote weight loss. Out of a group of 20 women, 10 lost twice as much weight by making acupuncture a part of their weight loss regimen. 

It is important to keep in mind that there are several reasons both psychological and physiological that can affect weight loss. Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture can treat the physical, mental and emotional problems in any situation, here are some ways they can help you with weight loss:

Regulation of Metabolism:  Acupuncture helps to regulate metabolism. A history of irregular eating, overeating and even thyroid dysfunction all contribute to a slow metabolism. Acupuncture can help to increase metabolism by stimulating the thyroid and endocrine glands as your body adjusts to the changes in your diet and exercise. Affecting the endocrine system also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Stops Food Cravings: We all struggle with what to eat and what not to eat, Regular acupuncture treatments can help curb food cravings, just as it has been proven to help cravings for other addictive substances like tobacco and alcohol. Support from acupuncture helps to eliminate cravings and increases the will power to overcome them.

Benefits Digestion Problems: Over time, things like crash diets, irregular eating habits and excessive greasy or fattening foods all take their toll on the digestion. Chronic symptoms such as bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea are all signs that the digestive system is out of balance. Acupuncture can help to harmonize the digestive organs so that you are symptom-free. Proper digestion ensures that you are getting the nutrients you need from your food so you feel less hungry. Overall digestive health makes us feel better on a daily basis and keeps our bodies moving much easier.

Calmness and Relaxation: When acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the body and in the ear it stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins have a calming and relaxing effect on the body. Naturally releasing endorphins makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration and anxiety which can be triggers for emotional eating, overeating and bingeing on fattening foods. This is effective on those who are known as stress eaters or that know food as a comfort.

Cleansing: Acupuncture treatments during weight loss help to cleanse your system. Toxins that have been built up over time from excess weight and adipose tissue can cause symptoms such as fatigue, acne and depression. These can be relieved or eliminated with acupuncture, whether or not you are trying to lose weight.

A common question is How many Acupuncture treatments will i need to have to achieve my weight loss goal?

This is all dependent on what the patient wants to achieve and in what time frame they want it to be done in. It is recommended that coming consistently weekly or bi weekly is the beginning of the treatment. Once you start to see change that you are happy with, moving your appointment to once or twice a month is fine. Once you have reached your goal then it is only necessary to come for treatments 4 times a year, this would be at the change of seasons just to keep your systems balanced and healthy.

Acupuncture Can Help. 

Using acupuncture can be a wonderful way to assist you on your goals toward better health and losing weight. Together, you and your acupuncturist can help you set your weight loss goals and achieve them.

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