I know losing weight can seem like an impossible task, but there is hope!
To answer your question, yes, there are acupuncture points in the ear to help with appetite control and the urge to put things into your mouth. But I also find that doing a detox cleanse is necessary to eliminate the toxins that we have all been exposed to through the air, food, and chemicals we use. This is because our livers can't keep up with all these things, so our bodies try to protect us by surrounding those toxins with fat. We diet, get rid of the fat, but as soon as we go off the diet, the fat comes back because the toxins are still there. So getting rid of toxins first is key.
I also always look at diet and eating habits, and inevitably the patient and I can come up with ways to tweak it so that the new "diet" is acceptable and palatable enough to be a lifestyle change that can be sustained. This is key to taking the weight off and keeping it off.
So yes, acupuncture can help, but it's only one tool we use to get healthy again.
I hope this helps!
Acupuncture is a modality that will help restore the function of your overall metabolism. Consistent diet and exercises along with acupuncture will definitely help as long as there are no doctor's limitations with your current state of conditions.
Acupuncture is not a magic bullet, so please don't expect to only use acupuncture and see a dramatic shift in weight loss. Some people do report losing weight by using acupuncture alone, but those people are few and far between.
Acupuncture can help calm your stress and anxiety to help you stay on track for your diet and exercise program. Additionally, acupuncture can stimulate your intestines to help you have better digestion and bowel movements to aid in weight loss. Acupuncture also helps with sleep, so if you are sleeping well, then weight loss should be easier for you since your body heals while you sleep.
Additionally, many acupuncturists are trained in herbal medicine. Adding Chinese herbs can help with stress and boost metabolism.
Always consult your primary care physician before starting a weight loss program and check to make sure acupuncture is appropriate for you.
Melanie L.Kaplan, L.Ac
Thank you for the question. You definitely have a challenge in front of you that can be daunting. I have seen many struggle endlessly with weight loss failures. In my practice, I work with a multidisciplinary approach, including acupuncture, herbs, frequency therapies, and dieting.
Yes, acupuncture can help with weight loss in several ways. It can reduce appetite by venting heat from the stomach meridian. Also, ear acupuncture is helpful to curb impulse response and retrain your behavior in regards to eating. Of course, you need to manage what you eat and certain herbal formulas can aid in digestion of fats or carbs and proteins.
Have a great weekend!
Acupuncture is not a 'magic bullet' that allows someone to lose weight easily, but it can help with the body's metabolism, with digestive issues, with hormonal balances, etc. You will still need to do the work, exercise, proper eating habits, etc. Losing weight too quickly is not healthy, but as long as your body is changing you are on the right track.
Consult with a few acupuncturists in your area who work with weight loss as part of their programs and find one that you feel comfortable with.
Hope my answer wss helpful.
I've struggled all my life too, but I now have better tools and a different way of approaching this battle.
So, using acupuncture, herbs, supplements and/or foods we can help the body find a better balance to finally allow it to drop the excess, naturally.