Acupuncture can help you lose weight. A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience demonstrates that acupuncture “is effective in procuring weight loss” and details exactly how the ancient art works to reduce weight.
According to the study, acupuncture can reduce appetite, the feeling of hunger, and the rate at which food moves through the digestive tract and metabolism. Acupuncture also adjust emotions that can lead to weight gain, especially stress.
Acupuncture stimulate the hypothalamus, the part of your brain that controls hunger. Acupuncture also increases the levels of enkephalin, beta endorphin, and serotonin – natural substances that make you feel happy and relaxed – in your blood and brain tissue. Serotonin enhances intestinal mobility, meaning acupuncture helps food move through your digestive tract before your body has time to absorb and deposit fat. Acupuncture also increases muscle tone in your digestive tract so your stomach does not stretch out when you eat, leaving you feeling satisfied after even small meals.
Acupuncture works in other ways to help you lose weight and prevent weight gain. This approach boosts your metabolism rate in a way that enhances how your body burns calories.
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), we differentiate overweight/obese patients in two types: deficient type and excess type. Deficient type patients usually don’t have big appetite and feel tired easily. Excess type usually have big appetite and feel hungry all the time. We will identify the type of overweight/obesity before we can work out a treatment plan.
In our clinic, we have helped lots of patients lost 2-5 pounds for each session. Among those patients, most of them failed to lose weight by doing exercises and diet. The photos are from one of our real patients.