Acupuncture is an ancient practice in Chinese Medicine that’s been used for over 3,000 years. As a holistic treatment, it can be applied to a broad range of health concerns, from aches and pains to anxiety and depression. Acupuncture has even been found to help patients lose weight.
There are multiple ways in which acupuncture helps with weight loss, including:
1. Relief From Inflammation
Acupuncture can stimulate chemicals in the body that help reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation and weight gain are often connected, given that chronic inflammation is linked to insulin resistance. By helping to ease inflammation, acupuncture can help you overcome barriers that are standing between you and your weight loss goals.
2. Digestive Health
Your digestive health – specifically the health of the microbiome (bacteria) in the gut – impacts your ability to lose weight. Acupuncture can help with weight loss by supporting microbial balance in the gut. Additionally, acupuncture has been found to improve symptoms of digestive disorders including constipation, irritable bowel disorder, nausea, vomiting, and Crohn’s disease, among others.
3. Hormonal Balance
Acupuncture can promote balance in the endocrine system, which is the bodily system that regulates hormone production. Specifically, acupuncture points in the spleen and ear are commonly used to help balance out hormone levels. Hormonal fluctuations can impact food cravings, appetite, and even fat storage in the body. So, achieving hormonal balance can support your weight loss efforts.
4. Lower Stress Levels
Stress can inhibit weight loss. This is because high-stress levels commonly trigger “stress eating” and increase the body’s production of cortisol, which can increase fat storage. However, acupuncture can lower your stress levels by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are “feel good” brain chemicals, and regulating the body’s production of stress hormones.
5. Increased Metabolism
Acupuncture can increase your metabolism. Given that your metabolism determines how quickly your body converts food into energy, a fast metabolism can help you lose weight by using food for energy, rather than storing it as fat.
6. Reduced Appetite
Acupuncture has been found to have appetite-suppressing effects. This can help you reduce your caloric intake and reach a healthy weight.
At Florida Wellness Medical Group, we offer acupuncture programs to help restore balance throughout the body. We can help you reap the benefits of acupuncture for weight loss. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!