ACUPUNCTURE FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Combined with a reduced calorie diet and exercise, acupuncture can provide the extra leverage that assists dieters with their weight loss plan. As an adjunct therapy for weight loss, treatment protocol consists of a combination of primarily auricular and selected additional body points that regulate the body’s metabolism and reduce hunger.
Acupuncture releases endorphins that affect the digestive and hormonal systems, rebalancing the organ systems that are running too slow (metabolism). Endorphins lower bloodstream insulin and lipid levels and less insulin is converted into body fat.
Auricular acupuncture points from both the TCM and Nogier systems are effective in weight loss. Acupoints on the ear trigger electrical pulses that suppress appetite and minimize overeating. Ear points selected for treatment improve digestion and absorption, increase metabolism and have a calming effect. The qi associated with needling these points helps the body to function against weight gain. Body points selected tonify qi and circulate oxygen and blood with an emphasis on the stomach. Additional body points may be included which regulate the metabolic rate.
An effective weight loss program includes acupuncture, nutritional counseling, exercise, stress reduction (tai chi, yoga), and lifestyle modification. The acupuncture physician can assist with nutritional counseling and individually tailor a diet regimen that the patient can maintain long term.
For the average patient who wants to lose between five to ten pounds, treatments twice weekly until the target weight is reached is optimal, followed by maintenance treatments biweekly for the next few months to attain permanent weight loss. Acupuncture treatments must be given in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet (2000 calories). For more information on acupuncture for weight loss and nutritional counseling contact Dr. Richard Browne at (305) 595-9500.
"Written by Rev. Dr. Richard Browne