Maintaining a healthy weight is not a superficial or frivolous goal; it is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle.
Unfortunately, most people find that putting extra pounds on is much easier than losing them.
While it generally is not the first weight-loss method that comes to mind, acupuncture can be an effective aid for people working to shed excess weight.
Risks of Being Overweight
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70 percent of American adults age 20 and over are overweight; nearly 38 percent are clinically obese.
Obesity opens the door for some clear health risks.
People who are obese are at greater risk of developing a lengthy list of serious health issues, including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties, depression, anxiety, osteoarthritis and certain cancers.
Acupuncture and Weight Loss
Acupuncture is a form of complementary medicine that involves the placement of sterile needles into strategic points on the body to treat pain or other complaints.
How does it facilitate weight loss? It actually helps in several ways.
When stressed, some people soothe themselves with food.
Acupuncture’s ability to combat stress and promote relaxation can help individuals with this tendency better manage their stress, allowing them to break this destructive habit.
Other people struggle with their weight because of hormonal imbalances or sluggish metabolisms.
Acupuncturists can target the body systems involved in these issues, encouraging the body to function more effectively.
When cravings and hunger pangs are the problem, acupuncturists can treat specific points to support patients’ efforts to eat a healthier, more balanced diet.
Although it may seem odd, the ear is often the prime treatment area for people who want to use acupuncture to lose weight.
With auricular acupuncture for weight loss, needles are placed in the external surfaces of the ear to encourage calm, control the appetite and reduce cravings.
Acupuncture can be a very useful tool for anyone who wants to shed extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight, and it works best when combined with a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen.
Make an appointment today, if you’re interested in exploring the possibility of using acupuncture to support your efforts to lose weight.