It’s common knowledge that acupuncture originated with the Chinese and has been used for thousands of years to alleviate a variety of ailments, from asthma to migraines. But are you aware that it is also used as a way to help people lose weight?
Acupuncture is a medical technique in which needles are inserted into certain points of the body to achieve certain effects.
The idea of acupuncture for any reason may sound odd to you, but the fact is people all over the world use it. It’s the thought of needles being stuck into your skin that turns some away. Once you get over that and realize that these hair-thin needles can help you in the battle to lose weight, you will be on your way to reaping the benefits.
Acupuncture works in the control of weight gain by controlling hunger pangs, which is a big reason why we feel hungry and overeat. Another reason for overeating is stress. Food becomes a companion, a way to relieve tension.
There are certain points on the body that are used to insert the needles. When these spots are stimulated by the needles, specific hormones are released to create an inner tranquility, which decreases your stress and the urge to eat from emotions.
Behind the ear is the area in which the needle will be inserted when it comes to managing weight loss. Once this area is stimulated, the release of endorphins sends a sense of calm throughout the body. The needles are simply tapping into our body’s natural pain relievers and fever reducers.
People who undergo acupuncture treatments report very little pain, even though the points of entry for the needles are close to nerve endings and muscle tissue.
Other points the acupuncturist will target may include areas on the body that suppress appetite and reduce the retention of water, depending on the patient’s needs.
Consult a Professional Acupuncturist
A search on the internet for acupuncture will show that there are many professionals and clinics to choose from, but make sure you go with one who has been trained and who knows what they’re doing. You wouldn’t want a poorly trained one poking you with long needles and causing unnecessary pain.
There are no guarantees when it comes to using acupuncture as a way to control weight. You will still need to practice good eating habits and proper exercise. But it just may be a good addition to your overall weight loss program.
For all things acupuncture, check out this resource at the Mayo Clinic: