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Can acupunture decrease my body weight?

I am not happy with my weight. I exercise but I haven't loss enough weight. Can acupuncture help?

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Need to be assessed as to root imbalance.
Acupuncture has been helpful with ASSISTING in weight loss, but in and of itself is not a cure-all. Building muscle by lifting weights is the best way to burn fat, but of course, if you are building muscle, the scale will also reflect that. Be careful not to put too much stock in the number on the scale. Eating too much refined sugar, simple carbohydrates and not enough fruits and veggies are usually to blame for weight gain. Bad eating habits such as eating when you only have time, eating late at night or eating only one large meal a day will cause weight gain. Furthermore, if you have emotional issues regarding food, are a stress eater or a binge eater, I highly advise seeing a therapist. Good luck!!
Acupuncture can help increase your metabolism and help detoxification which helps you lose weight
Yes, but you should be consulted by an acupuncturist to see the main cause. After evaluation, they can give you a recommendation and treatment plan.
Acupuncture for weight loss is very popular and can be very successful. Acupoints on the abdomen support digestion, elimination and metabolism. Acupoints on the ear help reduce hunger and stress eating.

Studies have shown that electro-acupuncture (needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips) can balance hormones such as leptin, resistin and adiponectin that are involved in hunger, satiety, blood sugar balance and metabolism.

Acupuncture treatments for weight loss are done in a series of sessions until the desired weight goal is achieved. The addition of Chinese herbs adds to successful outcomes.
Acupuncture is an effective modality in weight loss along with a healthy low simplex carb, low/no sugar diet and regular exercise. Acupuncture is most effective because it can stimulate digestive function and elimination, calm emotions, suppress cravings and help you get better sleep. All of these are an important part of maintaining a healthy weight.
With you giving 100% to your weight loss goals and keeping your promises to yourself and acupuncture giving you 100% with regular treatments helping your body perform at is best you are bound to have success in meeting your weight loss goal.
Hi. Yes acupuncture is very effective for weight loss
Exercise is not the only part of maintaining a healthy weight. There are many factors and acupuncture and herbs can be very effective in helping you achieve that healthy weight. Remember nutrition, diet, proper rest and hydration all contribute as well.
Yes, acupuncture can help you to lose weight, as it works on your metabolism and suppresses appetite, as well as balances all your bodily functions, however, you should be diagnosed by an experienced acupuncturist who will determine your pattern of imbalance. Besides, it is a well-known fact that exercise is not enough for achieving weight loss.
Acupuncture can help stimulate your body's metabolism and harmonize the hormones affecting weight. Of course it cannot replace lifestyle change, which is the biggest impact on the body.
Yes, of course. However, please consult with your doctor and decide after diagnosis.
No, I'm afraid acupuncture can't decrease your body weight. It can help you not feel as hungry, and your acupuncturist should be able to give you nutritional counseling. When my patients come in for weight loss, I start them off with Isagenix's two-day detox cleanse, and then we talk about diet. Most of the time, people have the symptoms of gluten intolerance, and once they're off the gluten, the weight just falls away. And things with hidden sugars and complex carbs can be sabotaging your efforts, having someone sit down and shine a light on the hidden stuff can be very helpful. Also, keep in mind that muscle is heavier than fat, so pay more attention to your measurements than the scales; they can be misleading.

Good luck!
Acupuncture can help with weight in couple of ways: 1) it can reduce cravings, normally with some ear points just as used in smoking cravings; 2) if something is unbalanced in how your body processes food, body points can help that if it's the case. However, you can eat through whatever treatment is used, so if an over-eating diet continues, unfortunately, the treatments can only do so much.

Yes, with regular visits and recommendations that your body may provide, acupuncture can be very beneficial for weight loss. It balances the organs and glands and also addresses emotional stress.

There are many things to consider when someone is trying to lose weight and how much a person needs to lose. A good factor to consider is the Body Mass Index, if the patient is still over the normal range then losing weight might be necessary for health reasons and we are trained to guide you in this direction.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
General speaking, acupuncture plus exercise and diet control can help weight control. Still need to check what cause the weight gains. It could be caused by other systemic problems like kidney problem. Please check with the acupuncture clinic near you for help.
Yes, acupuncture can assist in helping one reduce weight. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture demonstrate efficacy in promoting weight loss and body mass index (BMI) improvements. Research reveals important synergistic actions. Adding acupuncture to exercise and dietary therapy significantly prevents weight rebounding. Adding acupuncture to aerobic exercise and dietary therapy also improves weight loss, abdominal adipose tissue reduction, BMI reduction and serum leptin level reduction. The overall reason(s) of difficulty in reducing weight must be investigated. Traditional Asian medicine can help with that discovery also.
Yes, acupuncture may help reduce weight by increasing the distribution and absorption of nutrients throughout the body and decreasing cravings due to too much stress, anxiety or depression, and by helping the body to maintain homeostasis.
Acupuncture can help boost your metabolism, increase energy, balance hormones, improve motivation, control cravings, improve digestion, promote healthy sleep patterns, eliminate excess water weight, and lower stress reactions. It's a great booster to add to any weight loss protocol. That being said, I also run lab work because that is the key to successful long-term weight loss.
No. Diet, exercise, cut back on your food portions, stay away from sugar and sugary drinks, keep cheese consumption to a minimum. Food is an addiction. Change of lifestyle is the best method.
We are also trained in nutrition, herbal therapy, supplements, etc... acupuncture can help curb appetite, improve metabolism, so yes, it can help... Diet is the most important thing in weight loss (according to research). Good luck!

If you decide to try acupuncture, make sure you start with a fully trained acupuncturist (not an MD or Chiropractor that did minimal hours of training to get a license).
Weight gain is a multi-factor issue. Ear acupuncture can control your appetite.
Yes. We work with dietary counselling, lifestyle counselling, and acupuncture to help support you in losing weight. I do, however, recommend you have your thyroid checked because it controls your metabolism.
This is a question I'm faced with in my clinic on a weekly basis and my answer is: Acupuncture will not directly decrease body weight, but will improve the function of organs, the circulation of blood and energy, your moods, your sleep, and your overall outlook, thereby improving the ABILITY to lose weight. But, at the end of the day, the patient's choice in foods and daily exercise will determine actual weight loss.
Hi there,

This is a tough question to answer. There are acupuncture techniques that can help stimulate eating habits and there are herbal medicines that can help digestion. However, I would recommend you first find a nutritionist and a personal trainer to get a plan for your exercise regiment and eating plan first.
Acupuncture can balance your metabolism so that the body functions better by combining with herbs and helps to lose weight faster.
Yes, but you have to control your diet.
Yes, acupuncture can increase metabolism, balance hormones, and decrease appetite.


Dr. Pai Hsiang Peng, L.Ac.

Thank you for writing. Acupuncture, in regards to weight loss, will help to strengthen your digestive organs and their function, relieve stress, and promote circulation. All of which are very important foundation builders to lose weight. The treatments themselves to not directly cause weight loss, but instead make the entire system more balanced and efficient, so you can do so naturally.
Best of luck and continued motivation.
There are a few studies showing acupuncture can exert a regulatory effect on things like insulin and the hormones controlling feelings of hunger and satiety. Acupuncture, particularly ear acupuncture, has also been shown to be effective in managing cravings.

That being said, in my experience, if a patient is watching their diet and exercising then acupuncture can help. If the diet isn't right or the patient isn't exercising (or both), then acupuncture isn't going to get you where you want to be.