Can Acupuncture Help with Weight Loss in Obese Patients?

Obesity is a growing health problem in most parts of the world. It is not merely just a cosmetic issue but a serious medical condition that requires immediate attention. Those who are overweight are more prone to kidney disease, gall stones, gout, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, fatty liver, infertility, ED, prostate problems, and some kinds of cancer. Fat tissue stores a lot of toxins, when you lose fat, you need to flush out those toxins by using acupuncture and certain kind of diets. Acupuncture can help strengthen your liver and kidney function to clear up the toxin.

Causes of obesity

There is a strong correlation between weight gain, appetite control and physical inactivity. Those who lead a sedentary lifestyle with no exercise are more prone to gain weight over time. Overeating foods such as sweets and fried food, which are rich in sugar and fat, can also lead to weight gain. The imbalance of Leptin and Ghrelin can also contribute to the weight gain due to menopause, insomnia and high stress. When the hunger hormone Ghrelin is too high, people tend to eat more. When people have too much fat tissue, they developed Leptin resistance, they cannot feel full with a regular amount of the food.

Furthermore, when compared to complex carbohydrates, simple carbohydrates are easily absorbed into the bloodstream; therefore, it stimulates releases of insulin. Certain medications such as anticonvulsants, antidepressants, antihistamines, oral contraceptives, insulin, and HRT can also lead to weight gain. For those suffering from obesity, a good option would be to explore acupuncture for weight loss in Boston, Wellesley, Dedham, Framingham, Lexington, Newton, Acton, Andover, Arlington, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lincoln, Medfield, Melrose, Milton, Natick, Needham, Norwood, Quincy, Sharon, Sherborn, Somerville, Southborough, Sudbury, Waltham, Wayland, Westwood and Weston.

Acupuncture for weight loss

In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that acupuncture can reduce one’s appetite, lower stress, increase metabolism, and target the part of the brain that controls hunger (the hypothalamus). Advocates of acupuncture treatment believe that weight gain is largely due to body imbalances, which can be a result of problems associated with the kidneys, liver, thyroid gland, spleen, or endocrine system. A trained acupuncturist will be able to address hormonal imbalances, stimulate satiety centre, and increase the sensitivity of insulin. For those gaining weight due to premenstrual syndrome, menopause, or hypothyroid, acupuncture can help correct issues with regards to the ovary and adrenal glands. Acupuncture for weight loss in Boston and Needham may also include the use of an ear pressing ball, which is a process where points on the ear are manipulated to reduce food cravings and reduce stress. Boston Chinese Acupuncture clinic can also help you lose weight by using Chinese herbs to enhance the function of the thyroid and the digestive system.

According to a study published by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, acupuncture led to a significant decrease in fasting blood glucose, lipid profile, and insulin level in obese patients. The study concluded that a balanced diet, regular exercise, and acupuncture treatments could bring about effective weight loss and is a viable treatment plan for obese patients. If you decide to lose weight in 2020, acupuncture can help you change your eating habits by producing more “happy” hormones and reduce stress hormones, so you can eat less and be happy and healthier in 2020.