Patients have long touted the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss, and the scientific community finally agrees. Acupuncture for weight loss has often been questioned as to whether it is scientifically valid even though millions have had benefit from the effects of acupuncture for weight loss. However a recent metanalysis in the International Journal of Obesity proved that weight loss can be obtained without the side effects of the anti-obesity medication using instead Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are the two chief components of TCM.
The primary outcomes of the research used changes in body weight, changes in body mass index (BMI), changes in waist and hip circumference, and changes in body fat percentage to verify the results of the research. It was also revealed that the acupuncture trials had more benefit than placebo and lifestyle modification.
Many patients coming to Dr. Meng often ask if the benefits of acupuncture for weight loss have a long lasting effect. Researchers have confirmed that the relapse of weight gain was more common in the control groups than in the Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture treatment groups.
Sounds great, but how does it work?
Acupuncture works by addressing imbalances in your body, and correcting them removes the impediments to lose weight. This is why; it is not surprising that the research has shown the weight loss from acupuncture to be of benefit for the longer term.
Some people have a qi (pronounced chi) imbalance. Qi is the body’s energy, if you have too little qi, then it is hard for you to lose weight. Qi also circulates in the body, and stress can lead to the slowing of this circulation, also called qi stagnation.
Correcting these imbalances will lead to more energy and an increased in your ability to take off pounds. Dr. Meng is trained in determining the correct imbalance in your body and addressing it.
It’s powerful, it’s a little mysterious, and it is safe.
As stated above, there is science behind the effectiveness of acupuncture and how it assists with weight loss by correcting functional imbalances. Once the imbalance is corrected, the treatments help to boost metabolism. Acupuncture has also been shown to stimulate the brain and to release neurochemicals and hormones. This helps you relax, and gives you more energy. Also, for many, poor digestion and constipation lead to weight gain, which acupuncture is great at addressing.
Any side effects from the acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of acupuncture are negligible when compared to modern pharmaceuticals.
The same acupuncture points and the same Chinese herbal medicines have been used for over 2000 years for weight loss and they have never have been taken off the market.
Pulling it all together to improve qi and achieve the best results.
Acupuncture is only a part of a weight loss plan. After determining what the root cause of your imbalances, Dr. Meng develops an individualized plan that includes acupuncture points and herbs that together will maximize weight loss. The herbal therapy, specially developed by Dr. Meng, works to assist the functions of the acupuncture and is especially important for detoxing the body. The herbs work all day long, and are critical for achieving the best results.
In addition to strengthening digestive and waste systems, all Dr. Meng’s Weight Loss Program acupuncture treatments reduce stress and anxiety, which is critical for weight loss. Stress works against weight in several ways. Stress reduces the functioning of the internal organs, which in turn reduces the functioning of the body’s digestive and waste elimination abilities. Stress also triggers the fat cells to essentially open up; resulting in increased size and number. Many people also tend to snack or eat something to make them feel better when they’re feeling stressed and of course this results in weight gain.
Derived from TCM, Dr. Meng’s weight loss program not only helps with weight loss and stress, but also improves sleep, increases energy, and promotes an overall sense of well-being. All this is accomplished by using a combination of acupuncture, herbal formulas, and food therapy.
From a Western perspective, Dr. Meng’s Weight Loss Program will help to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar levels, reduce stress, and improves blood circulation.
If you are interested in learning more about your qi and the roll acupuncture can have in achieving weight loss goals, call Meng’s Acupuncture Medical Center at 561-656-0717 for a free consultation.
Dr. Meng, MD (China), AP, received her medical degree from the prestigious Shandong University in China and has also completed several advanced training courses in oriental medicine from well-respected TCM hospitals in China. She has over 18 years of experience as a doctor of Chinese medicine. She has owned and operated Meng’s Acupuncture Medical Center since 2007.
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