While it is claimed to solve a number of health issues not many people think of acupuncture for weight loss.
Normally associated with natural healing and pain reduction, there is evidence that forms of acupuncture were practiced as far back as the late Stone Age, or about 2,000 to 3,000 BC. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin at particular points of the body. While it sounds painful, acupuncture actually causes minimal discomfort.
Despite a history covering thousands of years, and proven cases of successful treatments, acupuncture has only become more accepted in Europe and North America relatively recently. With its introduction into Western societies, the benefits of acupuncture for more “western” health issues, including weight loss, have been realized and developed.
As a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it was said that acupuncture corrected imbalances in the flow of Qi, or life energy, through the body. Medical communities in the west have begun to research how acupuncture works to relieve pain and improve movement. The result is that there has been somewhat of a departure between modern, western practices, referred to as “medical” or “anatomical” acupuncture, and the traditional Chinese approaches. One of the modern techniques involves the use of low-power electrical impulses to the needles, while they are in place, for added stimulation.
For weight loss, the premise for using acupuncture is that weight gain might partially result from interrupted energy flow to and from the hypothalamus, which regulates the body’s hormones and neurochemicals. The hypothalamus also helps in controlling body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst and, most importantly for anyone who wants to lose weight, hunger.
But it’s also acupuncture’s measured effect on the obesity hormones that promote weight loss. Research shows acupuncture promoted the production of the hormone that controls the desire to eat and decreased the hormone that regulates the storage of fat.
It all means that acupuncture can help weight control programs by reducing appetites, reducing the frequency and intensity of food cravings, increasing fat-burning metabolism, and improving digestion and the way the body uses nutrients.
If you want to use acupuncture to help with your weight loss, you need the professional services and advice of certified acupuncture therapists, like those at Active Health Centre.
Call Active Health Centre today at 905-294-0454 or Contact Us to book an appointment.