Acupuncture is an ancient practice used for thousands of years for a variety of health conditions. Most people in the U.S. know acupuncture as a therapy for pain and stress relief, but not many know that it can help with weight loss as well.
In fact, in a recent study, acupuncture in combination with a 2,000 calorie a day diet and a 15-minute walk was found to be effective for weight loss. In this 6-week trial, those who received weekly acupuncture lost an average of 10 pounds, while those without acupuncture lost an average of only 3 pounds.
When acupuncture is combined with weight-loss methods, such as diet and exercise, patients can lose more weight. This natural and effective therapy can have the extra benefits of improving weight loss and treating one of its most common causes, chronic stress.
Stress and worry are directly linked to over-eating and eventual weight gain.
When the body is under stress, it releases stress hormones, notably adrenaline and cortisol. Both hormones are exceptionally important in fight-or-flight situation for survival. However, in today’s word filled with packed schedules, work deadlines and ever-changing news reels, the body constantly releases these hormones resulting in many health conditions.
The chronic stress response and the release of these hormones, causes the body to constantly crave carbs and sugars, over-eat and store excess weight.
Acupuncture is an effective natural therapy for reducing stress levels. Hair-thin needles are placed in specific areas to regulate the nervous system. Acupuncture helps patients relax and shift from the chronic sympathetic stress response to the healing parasympathetic rest-and-digest response. By balancing the nervous system, acupuncture can help prevent and reverse the effects of the stress response on fat storage.
Further detailed research on acupuncture shows that by balancing the nervous system, acupuncture also balances hormones that effect hunger. Ghrelin hormone induces feelings of hunger while leptin induce feelings of fullness and satisfaction. Acupuncture can be used to level imbalanced hormones that may have otherwise caused an insatiable appetite.
At Modern Acupuncture, our License Acupuncturists work with each patient directly to understand the best ways to naturally support the root cause of their health conditions.
If you are dealing with stress, over-eating and weight gain, acupuncture can benefit your overall health while helping you reach your weight loss goals. Visit your local Modern Acupuncture clinic to discuss your health conditions with an Acupuncturists and experience a time-tested natural therapy that aims to help you achieve long-term results.
Modern Acupuncture® is a natural stress relief solution and the leading provider of acupuncture in the U.S. The most studied theories show that acupuncture stimulates the body to release naturally produced “feel good” endorphins and stimulate the parasympathetic or “rest and digest” response in our body, alleviating symptoms associated with stress.
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