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Does acupuncture help in weight loss?

Can I try acupuncture for weight loss? Do you think it can really help me?

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Of course. There are a lot of methods to lose weight in acupuncture, but tell the truth, your will is the most important thing. Just visit close acupuncture clinics and have a consultation and you can choose one of them you like.
Yes. The acupuncture function is make a balance your Qi and metabolism. Also, acupuncture may affect your hormones and promotes healthy digestion. It can relieve stress and may reduce your cravings. I recommend therapies including meditation and Qigong.
Yes, it helps. Eating seeds also helps a lot. Also, we have to find out what caused your weight gain. For example, was it caused by overeating or a hormonal imbalance? We should always find the root problem and design an individual treatment plan.
Thank you for your question. I am not experienced with acupuncture specifically for weight loss, particularly without knowing the reasons for any weight gain concerns. There are many and multifactorial reasons why one may gain weight they do not desire. In general, acupuncture has been found to support overall wellness and lowering stress. Stress produces hormones like cortisol that for some results in weight gain. Hope this helps, Be well, Dr. B
There are many factors that contribute to weight levels. Acupuncture can help to stimulate the digestive system, therefore increasing metabolism and decreasing weight.
Acupuncture can be a helpful adjunct to diet and weightless. When your body is balanced and healthy, it tends to be more slender. Balancing your emotions and digestion can go a long way toward weight loss.
That being said, acupuncture is not a magic; sensible diet and exercise are a must for any weight loss program. Consult with an acupuncturist.
Yes it can, but you still need to be disciplined enough to track food intake and do exercise.
It is a long process. But acupuncture can be extremely effective, if you are in it for the long run. It takes two to tango. When I treat patients for weight loss, they have to follow through on all the food recommendations and lifestyle changes as prescribed according to the traditional Chinese theory.
Acupuncture can help with weight loss by restoring the balance in your body. You can try acupuncture.
Acupuncture can surely help with weight loss. An acupuncturist will find the organs and glands that are not functioning as well as they should. It could be one or many. Then develope a plan to increase their function. Also, adding in the good foods and lowering intake of foods that are not working for you will add to the weight loss. Certain ear points can help with appetite control if that is a problem for you. Our averge patient looses 15 lbs even if they came to us for other reasons. Give it a try.
Good day to you. Acupuncture brings balance to the body, Yes it can help with weight loss. However, it is not a magic pill. Along with acupuncture, it is necessary to change how you view food and begin an exercise regimen.
There are severe reasons related to body weight gain. Acupuncture treatment will help some but not every Kind of weight gain problem.
In my opinion, acupuncture/auricular acupuncture will suppress appetite. It still needs to watch your diet and does exercises.
Acupuncture can definitely help you as acupuncture helps bringing the body in balance on all levels physical/mental/emotional. Overweight can be caused by a hormonal imbalance or stress or it can have emotional causes ( we eat to compensate a hole inside) so it is important to make sure your body/mind/spirit function properly.
Loosing weight is not an easy thing to do and it will require a combination of things: diet, physical activity, life style discipline and keeping your body in balance (with acupuncture).
Yes, but it would work better with dietary and lifestyle changes along with herbal therapies.
In my experience, using acupuncture for weight loss really only works when the patient can get their diet right. By "right," I mean the diet should be in alignment with principles of Chinese medicine for the patient's particular presentation.

There are lots of reasons why a person might find it difficult to lose weight. Those reasons all have a corresponding diagnosis in the Chinese medical system, and there are dietary adjustments that can be made as part of the treatment plan to remedy the situation. If those dietary changes are made and acupuncture is used to support the body as a whole, then yes, it can work quite well.


Jeff Rippey, L.Ac.
Yes, acupuncture is effective in weight loss, especially if combined with other methods. Our patients lost over 100 lbs using our weight loss program.
Acupuncture does help with weight loss when accompanied with the right herbs and diet. It does help a lot of patients, but it also depends on the reason behind the weight gain.

Warm regards,

Aleksandra Dianova, L.Ac.
Yes, here is a great study. Sixty overweight subjects, randomly divided into an active and a control group, used the acupuncture twice weekly for four weeks. The active group attached the acupuncture to the ear points including the shenmen point and stomach point, whereas the control group did sham acupuncture (areas where there are no acupuncture points). The goal of a 5 lb weight loss was set, and changes in appetite and weight were reported after four weeks.

Of those who responded, 95% of the active group noticed suppression of appetite, whereas none of the control group noticed such a change. None of the control group lost the required 5 lbs, with only 4 subjects losing any weight at all. Both the number of subjects who lost weight and the mean weight loss were significantly higher in the active group (p < 0.05).

Frequent stimulation of specific auricular acupuncture points is an effective method of appetite suppression, which leads to weight loss.
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Yes, acupuncture can help with weight loss combined with a good diet or purification program. I've seen my patients drop an average of 10-15 lbs in 3 weeks and keep the weight down when continuing regular treatments and diet. Acupuncture can help to improve your metabolism and relieve anxiety that can be the cause of overeating.
If food is used as a way to cope with anxiety and depression, or if you have pain in your body and it prevents you from exercising, then acupuncture can help reduce your symptoms to become more physically and mentally fit. It is also very important to create a nutrition plan to address the food intake. Acupuncture, exercise, and a healthy diet will help you reach your goals.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Oh yes, acupuncture does help with weight loss naturally, without side effects. It helps to release toxins as well as to control appetite and speed up metabolism.


Scott Sang In Lee, Chun Am Acupuncture천암 한의원 
Yes!! Of course. Lose weight and feel great, cleanse and purify.
Why do we need to purify? It jumpstarts weight loss, decreases aches and pains, decreases fluid retention, reduces allergies, reduces body fat, eliminates headaches, and restores energy.

To your health,

Dr. Robin Roemer Brown
Yes, when properly administered by a qualified acupuncturist, this technique may help some people lose weight. One study, published in Medical Acupuncture, found that ear acupuncture combined with a 2,000-calorie a day diet and 15-minute walk helped reduce weight.
Acupuncture is complimentary when trying to lose weigh. If you have made an effort to change your diet, acupuncture can help curve appetite and boost your metabolism. It also helps with anxiety associated with cravings. It calms the nervous system and reduces cortisol levels.
A weight loss program by having acupuncture and herbal supplements can really make significant changes. Ear Acupuncture plus body acupuncture are used. If you search acupuncture on the web, you will see the next word will appear as "weight loss!"
Acupuncture is great for improving digestion and increasing metabolism in the body. It can be a great adjust for facilitating weight loss. Of course, we need to evaluate your current diet and lifestyle, but with some guidance and adjustment, I believe acupuncture could definitely expedite your weight loss goals.
Yes, acupuncture can help with weight loss. Typically, you would acutually do ear (auricular) acupuncture, with the addition of points located on the body. With weight loss, the needle retention time is 45 minutes, and you would need treatments at least twice a week to see a decrease in appetite, which would ultimately lead to weight loss.
To really address that would have to be in person. But generally speaking acupuncture can be used to speed up the body’s metabolism and help with water weight. I recommend lifestyle changes for a permanent solutions.
Yes, at our Edina acupuncture clinic we offer the Acupuncture Weight Control. This is a series of treatments that help you to feel full so you don't have to eat as much, stop absorbing as much fat from the fat from the foods that you eat, and helps you to relax and conquer the anxiety that many people have about losing weight. Besides acupuncture treatments we use Chinese herbs and dietary suggestions to help you achieve your goal.
From the conclusion, yes. Oriental Medicine emphasizes harmony. Harmony of Yin and Yang, harmony of Qi and blood, harmony of water and fire, harmony of left and right, harmony of up and down. In other words, when our bodies are harmonized, we become healthy and have a strong vitality. In Oriental Medicine, the biggest cause of obesity is dampness. I also think that dampness is caused by viscera, especially spleen disharmony. Therefore, when several viscera, including spleen, are harmonized, you can eliminate dampness and solve obesity. After consulting you to find a near Oriental clinic, I think you can get good results if you combine acupuncture with diet and exercise. Thank you.
It is a difficult question. Let's say this way: if the weight increase is caused by some other problems, we need to find out what caused the weight increase, then treat it. Certainly, here, acupuncture can help with weight loss. However, if the weight increase is caused by bad eating habits or lack of physical exercise, acupuncture will not help.
It can help, but Acupuncture is not THE answer to weight loss. We all know that the key to weight loss is proper diet and proper activity. There is really no way around the fact that one needs to adjust diet and increase activity if they wish to lose weight safely and properly.

What acupuncture and Chinese medicine can do to help with weight loss is it can
1. Help regulate the digestive system - so you use your fuel and eliminate properly.
2. Help with emotional issues surrounding weight issues, self esteem, anxiety, worry, etc. Emotions are a huge part of any aspect of our health, with those in balance, our whole body can change.
3. Help with energy. Acupuncture helps calm people when stressed and it can help one feel more energized, more active, more attentive etc.

It is important that your practitioner listen to all aspects of your health and wellbeing, they may offer herbal formulas or talk about nutritional choices. Always follow your gut on what you think is right for you and do get a few opinions from other professionals if you'd like more help (trainers, nutritionalists, dietician, etc.) Always remember too, there is never a short cut to good health - the work you put in will be the price you pay, the reward is being the person you want to become.
It can, but must be combined with exercise and proper eating habits. Anyone who says otherwise is less than trustworthy.

This is a great question. Acupuncture supports your metabolism, which gives a better balance. People losing weight by restricted diet and exercise, and acupuncture treatment balance their metabolism rate. Combining all will get great and healthy results.

If you have more questions, please let me know. Thanks.
Acupuncture can really help with weight loss.
Yes it can! I have been successful with many patients in the treatment of vertigo!