In recent years, acupuncture for weight loss has become more recognized in the western world as a way of losing weight, and is also popular for treating many related and non-releated illnesses. However, there are still many who argue whether it truly works or not.
One thing that is accepted by most however is the Chinese have been practicing medicine for thousands of years and have a great understanding of how natural products can heal the body.
The basic principle of acupuncture is tiny needles are inserted into the skin at meridian points around the body. This is to free any blockages of Chi (energy) that may have built up, thus allowing the energy to flow more freely through the body.
The way that acupressure works with weight loss, is it can be used to suppress hunger and cravings, so the patient is less likely to snack on unhealthy foods. It is believed the treatment can also stimulate certain organs, and even helps with the digestive system.
Some scientific studies were carried out and it was found that in comparison to a similar group on the same program, those who had received the acupuncture lost more than 3 times the amount of weight.
Sometimes the acupuncture is administered via electrical pulses on the meridian points, and in over 90% of cases, has resulted in the patient losing their appetite a significant amount.
As well as being used initially as a short term fix, the Chinese believe that the process is also correcting any imbalances with the organs, which could have lead to the gain of weight in the first place.
It is also said that the treatment can increase your metabolism which in turn will help the body burn fat and calories.
Despite all the benefits, many people wince at the thought of having multiple needles stuck into your body. However, the needles are incredibly fine, and the most people normally feel is a slight tingling or some numbness in that area. Some people don’t feel anything at all.
As the treatment becomes more popular in the West, even the rich and famous have been giving it a go to see if it works. Janet Jackson for example gives a lot of credit to acupuncture for helping her lose the majority of her weight in less than 5 months.
There are Chinese medicine centers present in most towns, so you may want to investigate further about Acupuncture for weight loss by popping in and chatting to them for a consultation, which is normally free.