More than 1.5 million Britons have a body mass index of more than 40, making them morbidity obese. Those people will fail to
keep the weight off with dieting alone, as they need to lose more than 50% of their excess body weight, a minimum, of at least
25kg, which is almost impossible.
Patients with overweight who seek treatment should know that acupuncture alone is not a magic solution to lose weight, but a
combined acupuncture with diet and exercise are the most important ingredients for a successful treatment.However, by
addressing both the physiological and psychological aspects of weight,acupuncture can help most patients tolose weight.
In orderto reach and maintain the weight target, these can be achieved by: better digestion, appetite reduction, clearing craving
for food, improving metabolism and tranquilizing the nervous system. It is known that traditional acupuncture has successful
therapeutic effects on the functioning of the nervous, endocrine and digestive systems. Therefore, such treatment can help
food cravings and metabolism, energize the body to maximize the absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control
overeating, suppress the appetite and reduce anxiety.
In Chinese medical theory, the excess of weight is an imbalance within the body which is caused by physiological dysfunction
both spleen and liver organ systems. The acupuncture treatment anddiet controlwill assist with weight loss by directly
the imbalances of vital energy “QI” (that have caused the weight gain) to the spleen and liver systems. Although the
of how acupuncture works in losing weight is unknown but we know for sure that acupuncture needles inserted
into specific points
on the body and in the ear can stimulate a gland in the brain (pituitary gland) which releases the good
“endorphins”. These hormones have a calming and relaxing effect on the nervous system which makes it
easier to control stress,
frustration and anxiety that can trigger overeating and bingeing on fattening foods. Furthermore,
endorphins have significant effects
on the digestive and hormonal systems to rebalance their organsand to normalise
metabolism as well as the will power.
The Acupuncture Treatment
On first day of consultation, the patient must discuss the pattern of overeating and to let the Acupuncturist know if there are
digestive problems. The number of acupuncture treatment sessionswill depend on the patients’ target for losing
weight, how quick
they want to lose, and their strong commitment to keep the weight off for long time. Whether the overeating
is severe or moderate,
acupuncture treatment will be designed accordingly. The number of treatment sessions varies from
5 to 1o weeks twice weekly
Losing weight with the acupuncture can be a very effective and you can find such help at the hand of one of our qualified
Acupuncturists at the UK ACUPUNCTURE CLINICS who has been previously trained at a known weight loss clinic of a hospital in
Contact us today and schedule a consultation to see how the acupuncture can help your weight management goals and to
a long and healthy life!