In Traditional Chinese Medicine, overweight/obesity are caused mainly by an imbalance in the body due to a malfunction of the spleen and liver systems. Experienced acupuncturists will work on specific body areas to effect weight loss. Among these are the spleen, pancreas, liver and kidneys, which are addressed to treat water retention and to stimulate nerve and hormonal rebalance. In addition, the adrenal and ovary glands are included to treat weight gain due to menopause or Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Some people notice the effects of acupuncture very quickly and only require treatments every week. The acupuncture averaged a three-pound loss or 1-1.5 inch shrinking on the waist width. Usually, the patients who received the acupuncture treatments reported a remarkable decrease in appetite.