12 Sep Does Acupuncture work for Weight loss
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine method that involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles at specific body points, which act to stimulate the underlying nerve endings to release of endorphins, which can suppress excessive appetite by decreasing stress and anxiety.
Acupuncture & Weight loss:
Acupuncture has been used to alleviate stress, pain, allergies, premenopausal syndrome, etc. However, its effect on weight loss is not fully established as there aren’t enough controlled, randomized studies to prove that. In general, acupuncture improves quality of life, which might lead patients to make better lifestyle choices regarding diet and exercise.
When a person is feeling stressed, the autonomic nervous system is triggered and there is an increase in appetite. Using acupuncture needles can stimulate the Meridien that may affect the gut flora, cool inflammation or improve energy levels.
The practice includes receiving treatment for up to 2 months, which may help the patients to lose weight loss by 10 – 15 pounds. Acupuncturists target 4 acupuncture points on the ear – the hunger point, Shen Men point, stomach point, and endocrine point. Sterilized needles are inserted at these spots to stimulate centers that trigger the release of endorphins.
Needles may be covered with tape so that they can be left in place for a few days. Ear seeds can be used that that can be massaged periodically to help with persistent urges. When these needle insertions are done over 2-3 sessions, accompanied by a low-calorie diet and exercise, there is a noticeable drop in appetite and hunger, thereby helping the patient lose weight.
Recent studies have shown that acupuncture works best when combined with traditional methods of weight loss. This effect of acupuncture is attributed to its ability to suppress appetite, boost metabolism, and reduce stress. One such study published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2009, for instance, scientists analyzed 31 studies (with a total of 3,013 participants) and found that acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction in average body weight. Another study published in Acupuncture in Medicine in 2012, that after two 20-minute sessions per week for five weeks, there were decreased insulin and leptin levels and a decrease in body mass index (BMI) as compared to the women who received sham acupuncture.
There are few side effects of acupuncture, which include soreness, tiredness and muscle spasms. If done improperly, it can lead to bleeding or infection. Often times, the nerve stimulation persists and leads to discomfort sensation and emotional irritability but that’s usually temporary.
Overall, acupuncture may lead to weight loss by virtue of appetite suppression and anxiolysis, and there is some scientific evidence to support that. It is important to compliment that with other lifestyle changes to see best results. It is imperative to see a certified professional acupuncturist to minimize complications.