Weight loss is a complicated issue. Not only is it physically difficult and emotionally fraught, it’s also paved with fads of questionable efficacy. Acupuncture for weight loss is an alternative approach that may be helpful.

Although there is relatively little scientific support for the theory that acupuncture can promote weight loss, some studies suggest that acupuncture may be of some benefit to people looking to lose weight. In a research review published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2009, for instance, scientists analysed 31 studies (with a total of 3,013 participants) and found that acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction in average body weight. However, the review’s authors caution that many of the reviewed studies were of poor quality. Also, clinical trials on acupuncture vary greatly, as there is no consensus on the most appropriate sham intervention, making it difficult to compare study results.

We use acupuncture to help with weight loss and restore the balance within the body, improve circulation. Chinese herbal medicine may be used concurrently to improve the digestive functions and achieve better 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 beneficial in restoring the pre-pregnancy physique. After treatment, you should notice a decrease in both weight and body fat percentage. You may also notice reduced waist, hip and thigh measurements; this depends on your overall approach, including exercise.

For more information or to book your initial consultation with an acupuncturist at Baoilin Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Centre, call us on (08) 9228 8828 (Perth Clinic located at 57/76 Newcastle Street), or (08) 9380 4171 (Subiaco Clinic located at 6/1 Sheen Street). Alternatively, you can send us your queries through our online contact page.

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