Acupuncture for Weight Loss

May 2, 2016

Weight loss is a concern for many people, and something that can be difficult to achieve. Acupuncture for weight loss is an alternative treatment that may be helpful in assisting with weight loss.

Some studies suggest that acupuncture may play a significant role in reducing both weight and cholesterol levels by mobilising energy stores. Studies have shown a connection between acupuncture and weight loss, in some cases people receiving acupuncture lost twice as much weight as those who were on a diet alone. A study published in the BMJ journal Acupuncture in Medicine suggests that continuous stimulation of acupressure points on the outer ear can help lower BMI (Body Mass Index), burn fat, and shed unwanted pounds. Another study also indicates body acupuncture in combination with diet restriction was found to be effective for weight loss and also reduction of the inflammatory reactions. Acupuncture could be used as a synergistic treatment option for obesity control.

On the other hand, it should be noted that many studies are contradictory and there has been no hard scientific evidence that acupuncture can specifically assist with weight loss.

Acupuncture may help to manage the pains you feel when exercising. It may also be useful if there is a metabolic condition that results in weight gain, and has been reported to increase the body’s metabolism, reduce food cravings, and improve circulation all around the body. Acupuncture may also help to manage sleep problems. This is certainly beneficial for weight loss. This is because regular sleeping patterns sustain the body throughout the day, help to maintain a balanced lifestyle, and allow the metabolism to find a balanced and steady rhythm.

We use acupuncture to restore the balance within the body, and improve circulation. Chinese herbal medicine may be used concurrently to improve digestive functions to achieve more effective results, in combination with a healthy diet. A typical course of treatment may require 10 sessions, 2 to 3 sessions per week. To target post-pregnancy accumulation of fat in the abdomen area, acupuncture for weight loss combined with pinch fat massage can be very helpful in restoring the pre-pregnancy physique.

For more information regarding acupuncture for weight loss, or to book an initial consultation with one of our professional and experienced acupuncturists, please call your closest location (Perth Clinic: 57/76 Newcastle Street (08) 9228 8828, Subiaco Clinic: 6/1 Sheen Street (08) 9380 4171). Alternatively, you can send us your queries through our online contact page.

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