3 Ways Acupuncture Helps You Lose WeightLisanne Wellness Center
Acupuncture has been a staple of eastern medicine for centuries. During acupuncture, very fine needles are inserted in meridians throughout the body to promote the easy flow of chi energy. Typically, people seek out acupuncture for stress management, infertility treatment, and pain management. But if you’re trying to lose weight, you may want to consider acupuncture as well.
3 ways acupuncture helps you lose weight:
It helps curb your appetite: Acupuncture can be used specifically to focus on the points of your body that control your hunger response. For example, the vagus nerve acts on the nerves that connect the brain and digestive tract. By gently stimulating the vagus nerve, your acupuncturist can make the connection between the two stronger. Similarly, acupuncture can be used to stimulate the auricular nerve, which helps prevent and stop appetite signals from reaching the digestive tract. Another meridian point that can be triggered is the satiety center of the body, which makes you feel fully satiated. Research shows that a combination of both acupuncture and healthy eating is more effective at helping people lose weight than healthy eating alone.
Acupuncture enhances your mood: You may not immediately notice the connection between your mood and your waistline, but think of the times when you are most likely to reach for comfort food. Most often, you reach for heavy foods like cheese, carbs, and meats when you are sad, stressed, or angry. You only have a finite amount of willpower throughout the day, and when you’re stressed, you quickly use up that willpower simply going through the motions of work and dealing with the day-to-day minutia of life. When you’re happy, you can save that willpower for things like sticking to a healthy diet or waking up in the morning to get in a workout. When your mood is improved, you’re better equipped to turn down the donuts and pizza in the conference room, and you’re less likely to turn to a pint of ice cream to make yourself feel better. Relaxation techniques like acupuncture can help manage your stress and curb your anxiety so you can stop overeating and start losing weight.
It changes your body’s metabolism: Perhaps the most significant way that acupuncture helps you lose weight is its effect on your metabolism. Research in the International Journal of Obesity reports that acupuncture increases the metabolic function of the body, which changes the pace at which the body burns fat. In other words, regular acupuncture trains your body to shed fat more quickly. Additionally, acupuncture influences your carbohydrate metabolism, lowering insulin levels and improving blood sugar levels. In another study published in the Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, researchers reported that acupuncture was effective at reducing the BMI (body mass index), waist circumference, and hip circumference.
If you are currently trying and struggling to lose weight, you may need to do more than diet and exercise. Acupuncture can not only improve your mood to help minimize cravings, but it can physically alter your metabolism and trigger the proper meridians to reduce hunger and help you feel full.