Acupuncture For Weight Loss

Behavior-oriented interventions can help overweight adults achieve meaningful weight loss, suggests findings of an Archives of Internal Medicine systematic review. As an alternative therapy, using acupuncture for weight loss, when combined in a comprehensive weight loss program involving diet modification and exercise, has been shown to have positive effects.

“Experts recommend that primary care clinicians offer overweight adults interventions that promote weight loss,” says Erin LeBlanc and colleagues from the Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon. However, evidence on the effectiveness of primary care-relevant weight loss interventions for overweight adults is insufficient, they add.

To address this, the team performed a systematic review of 58 trials assessing the benefits of weight loss intervention. Of these, 38 (13,495 participants) involved behaviorally based interventions, 18 (11,256 participants) involved orlistat treatment plus behavioral interventions and three (2,652 participants) involved metformin treatment plus behavioral interventions. The researchers say that most trials showed that behavioral interventions had a significant effect on weight loss.

Unlike over-the-counter weight loss products and fad diets which cause weight to cycle, acupuncture is a natural means to achieve weight loss. Acupuncture has no adverse side effects or addictive stimulants.

Acupuncture for weight loss:

  • Improves digestion and absorption.
  • Has a calming effect.
  • Regulates metabolic rate.
  • Curbs overeating and bingeing.

Your acupuncture physician will assess your diet and eating patterns and any existing health conditions you may have.  A structured acupuncture treatment plan will address triggers such as stress or anxiety, which can cause overeating. Biweekly treatments until the target weight is reached are recommended.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.
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