Acupuncture For Weight Loss

January 15, 2018
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Body acupuncture in combination with adequate diet and exercise has found to be effective for weight loss and also with the reduction of inflammatory reactions in the body.

Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medicine practice of placing fine needles into specific points on the body for a therapeutic effect. According to Dr. Neemez Kassam, Associate Professor of Asian Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, there are two schools of thought on how acupuncture works. The Western perspective whereby acupuncture releases endorphins which produce natural euphoric activity, and the traditional approach where acupuncture regulates the flow of QI, or energy, bringing the body back into a balanced state.

How does it work?

Acupuncture for weight loss is used for targeting acupuncture points that will work to reduce cravings and appetite, and to stimulate and balance hormones. Using acupuncture for weight control is based in the premise that weight gain could be the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining “homeostasis” or functional balance that allows the body to run like a finely tuned instrument. It is the body’s dispatch center that regulates hormones and neurochemicals, and helps to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst and hunger.

With acupuncture the inserted needles will act to stimulate the release of endorphins which are hormones that make the body feel good. This creates calming, relating, effects on the body which counteracts the need for excessive eating brought on by increased stress, frustration, or anxiety. Acupuncture also alters the levels of the central nervous system by stimulating the peripheral nerves. Signals are then carried by the stimulated nerve, changing satiety and mood. By increasing the release of neurotransmitters with acupuncture, it improves mood and suppresses appetite by the serotonin, and endorphin-induced decreases stress and depression (Ismail et al, 2015).