Acupuncture and Weight Loss

Acupuncture and Weight Loss

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the spleen organ system is usually targeted to aid in weight loss. The function of the spleen system is to correctly metabolize the food we eat into Qi (pronounced Chee- energy) and blood. When this system becomes taxed (mostly from dietary irregularities, overwork, and overworry) it loses its ability to metabolize correctly and symptoms such as bloating, fatigue, and weight gain typically occur.

The increase in consumption of processed foods, fast food, and energy drinks has left many Americans overweight, under-nourished, and on a fast-paced road to disease. However, for others, weight gain may be attributed to a medication’s side effect, thyroid disorder, or other underlying medical condition. Whatever the cause, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Dr. Oz endorses acupuncture’s ability to help with weight loss. The “rationale for using acupuncture for weight control is based in the premise that weight gain could be the result of disturbed flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus”. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining “homeostasis” or functional balance and is considered the “dispatch system” for the entire body such for hunger, thirst, temperature, and circadian rhythms.
Acupuncture causes a cascading release of chemicals from the brain that includes hormones. Acupuncture has the ability to influence obesity hormones such as ghrelin and leptin which specifically regulate metabolism and fat storage.
“The guiding principal is that acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity- related hormones and enhance in the way nutrients are used. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical of digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats.”
“Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full”.

What Is Considered Overweight in America?

According to the CDC, overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems.

For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.  An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. An adult who has a BMI of 30 and higher is considered obese.

Obesity has become a national health crisis in America and it is expected that by the year 2030, 86% of Americans will be overweight. Left unaddressed, researchers fear that children and young adults will have a shorter life span than their parents.

Acupuncture and Weight Loss
During your acupuncture treatment to lose weight, acupuncture needles are applied to points on the body and the ear. At the end of the treatment small beads will be applied to the ear, also known as auricular therapy. The small beads are held in place by surgical tape, and they will stay in the ear for 4 days. These beads will continue your treatment by emitting pressure to selected points on the ear.