Many believe that obesity results from eating too much and exercising too little. This is certainly true in most cases; but the digestive system and metabolic functioning can also play a role in how one’s body stores fat, even among active individuals who eat sparingly.
Weight loss is as difficult as easy as it sounds. While the internet is flooded with all the tricks, tips, diets and workouts but still weight loss is not easy for many. Acupuncture may be the answer for you all as it is a recent weight loss trend that has taken over the markets.
According to Chinese medicine, when a person is healthy then the ‘qi’ (life energy) flows freely through meridians (a network of channels) through the body. But when these channels are blocked, the result is pain and sickness. Acupuncture is an insertion of very fine needles into the specific meridians which are blocked; this insertion clears blockages and promotes a healthy flow of energy throughout the body.
How can it help one lose weight?
Acupuncture doesn’t make the fat melt off but research shows that acupuncture can affect a part of the brain that makes you feel hunger. Not only does it reduce hunger but also activates your feel-good neurotransmitters which can reduce stress and which in turn can help you lose weight, if you know anxiety is a major reason behind people’s weight gain.
Acupuncture might reduce inflammation.
In one small 2015 study, 80 obese people received three to six months of acupuncture while eating a low-calorie diet. Not only did the treatment help them lose weight, but it also reduced the amount of inflammation in their bodies, which studies have linked to obesity.
If you use acupuncture while you are trying to lose weight you’re most likely to get the best results if you pair the treatment with healthy lifestyle changes—such as a calorie-controlled, nutritious diet and a program of regular physical activity.
“Natural, sustainable weight loss and healthy metabolism function involve a multidimensional mind-body-spirit understanding of the ways in which your emotions, beliefs, lifestyle, energy, and food all affect your body,” says Oh. Before you commit, make sure your acupuncturist values addressing all those factors—not just the idea of a cure-all poke.