AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Summer is here– and so is swimsuit season. Are you ready to strut your stuff on the beach or by the pool? Or do you want to shed some excess winter weight first? If your usual weight loss methods are not giving you the results you want, and your doctor has ruled out the possibility of health-related weight gain, your beach body could benefit from some traditional Eastern medicine techniques.

BUT FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHY DO WE GAIN UNWANTED WEIGHT?

There are many reasons why we gain weight, and some of them are not our fault. Many of us developed certain habits around food during childhood. We were told “clean your plate” regardless of whether we were hungry, so we’re programmed to do just that. Now, plates and portion sizes have taken on mammoth proportions, and they keep getting bigger, setting us up to overeat.

The problem goes even further back. Way back. Genes passed on by our cave-dwelling ancestors predispose us to eat as much as possible whenever food is available. After all, they didn’t know where their next meal was coming from. The same prehistoric genes prevent us from losing fat easily, because back in the day, stored fat was a useful defense against starvation.

Fast forward a million years or so, and not only have our circumstances changed dramatically, but so has our food. In the modern Western world, food, especially fast food and junk food, is cheap, plentiful and readily available. Some of it is also highly addictive. Sugary foods, for example, can affect the brain in the same way as alcohol and cocaine. The more you eat it, the more you crave it. Combine all of this with the fact that many of us eat when we’re stressed, and you have the perfect recipe for weight gain.

What Eastern treatments and practices can help? Thankfully there are several, and all of them are safe, natural and effective.

Acupuncture, as an adjunct therapy, has helped many of my patients control their weight. Since acupuncture can also reduce stress and anxiety, it can help prevent stress eating and control the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is responsible for those stubborn fat deposits in the abdominal area.

Or do you want to shed some excess winter weight? If your usual weight loss methods are not giving you the results you want, and your doctor has ruled out the possibility of health-related weight gain, your beach body could benefit from some traditional Eastern medicine techniques.

There are many reasons why we gain weight, and some of them are not our fault. Combine all of this with the fact that many of us eat when we’re stressed, and you have the perfect recipe for weight gain.

Acupuncture, as an adjunct therapy, has helped many of people control their weight. One of the ways it is believed to work is by affecting the hypothalamus — the part of the brain that’s responsible for maintaining “homeostasis” or balance in the body. It regulates body temperature, fatigue, sleep cycles, emotions, blood pressure, pain, hunger and thirst.

Acupuncture can be used to stimulate the hypothalamus and, among other things, regulate hunger. Since acupuncture can also reduce stress and anxiety, it can help prevent stress eating and control the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is responsible for those stubborn fat deposits in the abdominal area.

Credits: Ear Acupuncture Boosts Weight Loss

Ear acupuncture can help people lose weight, with better results if practitioners stimulated five points instead of just one, researchers from Korea claim in a study published in the BMJ journal Acupuncture in Medicine.