The number of Americans who are overweight has reached such high numbers that one quarter of Americans are overweight. Diabetes and heart disease are the result of this unhealthy weight, more children are being diagnosed with diabetes at a younger age than ever before. While struggling to lose the excess pounds they spend over 33 billion dollars on weight loss programs. So ineffective are these programs that 85% fail to shed the excess pounds, often regaining all the lost weight and more. Medical acupuncture is not something people may have considered and can help you lose the extra, unhealthy weight.
What is acupuncture
If you have never tried or heard of acupuncture it is a practice used in traditional Chinese medicine and has been around for centuries. It involves the insertion of a very fine, sterile needle at specific body points or energy pathways. The inserted needles act to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural, feel good hormones. Endorphins create a calming, relaxing effect which counteracts the need for excessive eating brought about by increased stress, frustration or anxiety. In this respect acupuncture can calm stress afflicted individuals and help them lose weight without using drugs.
How does it help
Studies have shown when used in conjunction with traditional weight loss methods, patients lose more weight. Often the trigger to overeat is emotionally driven so being calm and relaxed is helpful in reaching their goals. In these cases 1 to 3 sessions can be safe and effective in helping most people achieve reasonable weight loss. Traditional Chinese medicine believes excessive weight gains are caused mainly by an imbalance in the body due to a malfunction in the spleen and liver organ systems.
A skilled acupuncture practitioner will zero in on specific body areas to affect weight loss so be sure you visit one who is very qualified. Among those areas are the endocrine system and kidneys which are addressed to treat water retention. And to stimulate nerve and hormonal rebalancing the spleen and thyroid are thought to affect sugar and hormonal imbalances .Finally the adrenal and ovary glands are included to treat weight gain due to menopause or PMS.( pre menopause syndrome, Some patients see results quickly and only need to have a treatment once every two weeks. Another method used is ear stapling, by manipulating points on the ear to control food cravings, combined with a 2000 calorie diet and daily 15 minute walk to reduce weight. Acupuncture is a painless method used to combat nicotine cravings in those who wish to stop smoking and can be used to reach your weight loss goals.
Visit a acupuncture in Toronto if you live in that area and are worried about your weight.