Acupuncture Treatments For Weight Loss
Excessive weight is a real pain in the bottom, sometimes quite literally. Aesthetic reasons aside, shedding those extra pounds for health benefits seems easier said than done. Of course, it is easy for your physician to announce weight loss as the ultimate panacea of all your health related woes, but going about it successfully (with definite results after some time) is the actual challenge very few go on to mention.
The internet (oh the internet! the frontier-less domain of the World Wide Web!) is chock-a-block with benign advices on the best of diet regimes and the most unconventional (if not entirely outrageous) weight loss tips that only pass off as hilarious entertainment material.
Nonetheless, if you have tried all of these fads, exercise routines and diet plans for quite some time but have not yet witnessed any significant change in your weight, then we understand (and poignantly know deep down that none of what is available on the internet is meant to work for the long term). No other example can best illuminate questionable efficacy as much as weight loss programs on Google dot com.
Well, as the Dalai Lama famously put it: “Sometimes not getting what you want involves a wonderful stroke of luck”. All of your failed attempts at weight loss so far might be one giant signal towards a glaring need for course correction.
Maybe it is about time you look at some out-of-the-box methods that are scientifically backed via research but also find relevance in ancient traditional medicine. The method we are referring to is acupuncture. Contrary to allopathic complacence, acupuncture is extremely reliable and safe when it comes to observable weight loss. Read on to find out how acupuncture me be the savior you had been looking for all along. But first, some basics.
What is Acupuncture?
It is common knowledge that acupuncture is a traditional form of medicine which involves strategically placing needles into a person’s skin at extremely precise points to heal specific physiological aspects of the system. This form of Chinese medicinal practice is so effective yet so elusive, that modern allopathic medicine has not yet been able to come up with an exact mechanism of this process.
The specific pathways by which acupuncture works are still unclear, yet the fact remains that they do work. Mostly acupuncture is used to relieve pain, yet explorations into other areas of well-being have also brought forth fruitful results.
The Mechanisms Behind Acupuncture:
Traditional Chinese philosophy postulates that every part has an opposing counterpart to balance the entire system and to keep it going. Hence, while one part is “yin”, its counterpart is “yang”. These complementary parts together constitute a life force known as “qi” (pronounced “chi”).
Qi supposedly flows inside of our bodies through fixed pathways or meridians. Such meridians can be accessed via 350 pressure points, also known as acupuncture points. It takes high levels of sustained training to learn about all the combinations of pressure points and pathways.
Modern neuroscience forays into the world of acupuncture have attempted to understand how this practice works. Acupuncture works by stimulating certain exact points of the neuronal and the circulatory systems for improved outcomes. Whenever one component dominates over the other, there is an obvious disruption of the said system and an illness ensues.
Studies have shown that acupuncture has tangible benefits, as opposed to placebo healing since tightly conducted research involved non-acupuncture controls which failed to show similar results.
Acupuncture for weight loss is not a new practice, and it genuinely assists by regulating neuroendocrine function, optimizing digestion, decreasing inflammation, improving the metabolism, minimizing water retention, suppressing the appetite and optimizing other functions of our body which are linked to obesity or weight reduce.
In traditional Chinese medicine, weight gain is caused by body imbalance, which is mainly caused because of the malfunctioning in kidney, liver, spleen, endocrine system, and thyroid gland. Acupuncture, as natural healing, treats these areas of the body.
Acupuncture For Weight Loss: How It All Works
Coming back to the main objective at hand, acupuncture for weight loss has been gaining traction for quite a long time now. Why shouldn’t it, after all? Finally God has shown mercy to all of His obedient devotees, who up until this point had been munching greens and sweating buckets in His Name, alas, all in vain.
Acupuncture is now that Manna from heaven by which a healthy lifestyle can meet assured and observable weight loss results, fulfilling the long proclaimed prophecies of concerned physicians worldwide.
Little Disclaimer: Care must be taken to not hold acupuncture solely responsible for weight loss. It must be clarified at the very outset that acupuncture only hastens the process of weight loss, rather than act as a substitute for your new vegan lifestyle and trips to the gym. Abandoning a proper diet and exercise on the assumption that acupuncture will take care of your weight instead will only wreak havoc on all your efforts so far.
But how does acupuncture really work for weight loss?
The modus operandi is simple, but by no means easy. Acupuncture works by regulating neuroendocrine function. It primarily attacks all the foundational causes of immediate weight gain, namely: imbalanced digestion, improper metabolism and water retention, unbounded appetite and all such bodily functions that lead to weight gain.
Furthermore, the malfunctioning of certain organs such as kidney, liver, spleen, thyroid gland, endocrine system among other less commonly known sources can lead to the body storing more fat than necessary. Acupuncture targets all the above mentioned areas of the body by stimulating all those sites which lead to weight gain by their stagnation.
It may be further surprising for you to know that your ear can be an unlikely source to help you slim down. As much as hearing people take their vows for a healthy lifestyle within earshot helps, we are talking about utilizing the acupuncture points located on your outer ear to quell your cravings.
That’s right. It has been established that acupuncture points located on the ear pinna directly affect appetite. At Wellness Clinic, different lengths and combinations of acupuncture on the ear lead to a marked decrease in food cravings. We have customizable programs for each of our patient’s unique physiological build-up.
This is why it takes us different levels of acupuncture design even for the same quantity of weight to be lost. Usually to lose 15 to 20 pounds, having multiple treatments per week for 6 to 8 weeks is the norm. Again, it all depends on how well your body responds to the treatment and how long it takes for the ultimate outcome to manifest
Are There Concomitant/Simultaneous Treatments To Acupuncture For Weight Loss?
Yes and no. Acupuncture by itself is not the end; it is the means to an end. By this we mean that if you binge on carbs and sugar while going through your acupuncture treatment, then weight loss might seem distant, let alone possible.
You might even stop the treatment midway out of frustration or despair and then any motivation would be of little help. Therefore, kindly do not abandon your healthy lifestyle at any costs. Acupuncture, as mentioned before, only helps you get to your goal faster. It would be an anomaly to equate it as the sole stepping stone towards weight loss glory.
What To Expect In Treatment:
At Wellness Clinic, in a typical appointment, you might be asked to lay back or tummy down, depending on the area of your body to be acupunctured. Once an area is demarcated, needles will be punctured into your skin either half or a quarter inch down. At that time, you might feel a slight tingling sensation, which you are free to call out should it feel overtly uncomfortable.
However, acupuncture is relatively pain-free and discomfort during the process has been rarely reported. At the most, there is a subdued ache felt at the base of the needle which immediately dissipates. The highly trained personnel at Wellness Clinic have 35 years of expertise to carry out accurate acupuncture treatments down to the last prick.
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