Can acupuncture help with weight loss?

Can acupuncture help with weight loss?

Short answer...

Yes, acupuncture can help with weight loss. 

Can acupuncture be the only and primary tool utilized to promote weight loss? NO

People gain weight for many reasons. Some suffer from health conditions such as hypothyroidism, others carry weight from pregnancy, while others suffer from living a sedentary lifestyle. Weight gain is a systemic problem in the United States and it affects women, men, and children alike.

How can you start the process of weight loss? Make the decision.

Define your goals. Do you want to lose weight to look better? Do you want to be healthier and more active in general? Do you want lose weight and gain muscle? Are you a diabetic or suffer from another health condition due to weight?

Once you make the decision and define your goals, you are on the right path. Now you just have to make a plan and execute. 

Acupuncture can help with weight loss...

By decreasing food cravings, balancing mood to combat anxiety and depressed episodes of eating, and by promoting better digestion. 

Can acupuncture help with weight loss?, Linyana Acupuncture Studio in Harlem, New York, NYThere are acupuncture points used all over the body for weight loss, but there is a special protocol using auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture. In Chinese medicine, the ear is a representation of the entire body. Almost any condition can be treated with auricular therapy. 

For weight loss, there are 15 acupuncture points in the ear. Some are for the stomach, mouth, small intestines, and esophagus. There are also points specifically for appetite control, an antidepressant point, an endocrine point, and a point for anxiety.

In addition to auricular acupuncture, treatments are also located on the abdomen to increase and promote better digestion. Oftentimes electro-stimulated acupuncture is used on the abdomen for a stronger effect. Each person treated for weight loss are given a standard protocol plus a personalized treatment plan based on health history.

How many acupuncture treatments are needed for weight loss?

Acupuncture treatments are needed very frequently, up to 3-4 times per week over the course of 6-12 months. For weight loss, it is best to use the unlimited monthly plan for affordability. In addition to the weight loss protocol, anxiety and stress reducing acupuncture will also be given. Statistics show many people who are overweight have high anxiety and depression that can cause an even more increase in weight gain. However, acupuncture is not enough. Diet, exercise, adequate rest, relaxation, and a good mental attitude is also needed.

Diet modification during acupuncture treatment.

acupuncture for weight loss

You may eat plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients but are lower in calories. To get the nutrients you need, choose foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products. Limit meat and dairy for now.

During your acupuncture treatment plan, your diet will be dissected and modified based on your goals and lifestyle. New foods and ingredients will be introduced to you. What you thought was healthy may be replaced with an even healthier food item that's better for your body. During your treatment, you will be held accountable.

Once you've made the decision to lose weight, act on it! The benefits far outweigh anything else that is going through your mind. The journey is worth it and once you start, friends and family will follow. Being fit and healthy is one of the best parts of living!

If you have questions about how acupuncture can help with your weight loss journey, call, email, or text. In addition, you can simply schedule an appointment. 

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