Losing Weight – Can Acupuncture help?

Acupuncture and Weight Loss

A lot of us are aiming to lose weight but as most of us know, losing weight can be extremely difficult with many of us jumping from diet to diet trying to shed the pounds. However, one of the best methods people have found to aid their weight loss is regular acupuncture.

Acupuncturist specialist’s work by targeting the ear based on the theory of traditional Chinese medicine that the outer area is representative of the different parts of the body and its organs. Acupuncturists tailor their treatments to the specific needs of the individual but one common method involved inserting a needle into the area of the ear which is linked to hunger. Once this is in place, five more needles are inserted to various key pressure points in the ear.

This method is regularly used but studies have shown that if individuals are suffering from obesity, they will require the five points to be continuously stimulated. Acupuncture used on obese patients is closely linked with the body’s metabolism and how it functions. By stimulating these points, the metabolic function is increased which in turn promotes body fat consumption.

There are many studies carried out measuring the correlation between acupuncture and weight loss with many of them having positive results. One recent study which used two control groups, one receiving acupuncture and one receiving sham acupuncture showed numerous beneficial results. The use of the five point acupuncture technique was successfully able to provide a substantial drop in waist size for the acupuncture group when compared to the sham acupuncture group. There was also a greater percentage of body fat dropped on average when compared with the sham group. Overall, both one and five point acupuncture treatments showed evidence of effectively treating obese patients by decreasing the circumference of their waist and their weight.

For additional information regarding how we can use acupuncture to remedy your weight loss, call us free on 0800 051 76 88.

Acupuncture Styles & Techniques

Cupping AcupunctureMost acupuncturists today, us included, practice traditional acupuncture which relies on the principles of Chinese folk medicine. These principles were created, practised and upgraded for more than two and a half millennia. Experts agree that traditional acupuncture is holistic in its essence. This means that it doesn’t focus only on specific symptoms. Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that, regardless of the type of pain and illness and the area where it occurs; this is just a sign of imbalance of our body in general.

There is a wide range of traditional acupuncture schools and they use different diagnostic methods and styles. What we all have in common is the effort to boost health and well-being by taking care of the direct cause of a health problem and easing symptoms too. All acupuncture styles are based on Chinese traditional medicine. However, there are a few distinctive techniques in traditional acupuncture which are often utilised as independent treatment. Every experienced acupuncturist knows these techniques and uses them whenever it is appropriate. Besides the well-known needling points, a treatment like this often requires  other ancient Chinese techniques such as:

Chinese Therapeutic Massage or Tuina – this massage is used to ease muscle cramps and tension, activate acupressure points, trigger qi circulation and open up energy

Moxibustion – this is a word used to describe the use of in
direct heat with the help of moxa (well-known medicinal herbs) and heat lamps to make the tensed muscles relaxed and open up the meridians of energy.

Cupping – this method is getting quite popular these days. It involves glass cups that come with a vacuum seal put directly on the skin to trigger blood circulation and remove inert Qi. Many celebrities are getting regular cupping sessions including Samuel L. Jackson.

Electro-Acupuncture – same as ordinary acupuncture, but in this case the therapist uses electrical current at extremely low frequency to the needles.

Guasha – intense rubbing of different parts of the skin to stimulate blood circulation.

Medical acupuncture is used by doctors, osteopaths and physiotherapists. Auricular acupuncture is based on acupuncture points located on our ears. Trigger point acupuncture is used by physiotherapists and osteopaths for pain in the muscles and bones.

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