Acupuncture for Weight Loss is one of the most talked abut aspects of this profession by the public and for many a subject of great interest. As some of you may be aware, among my professional qualifications I am certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer with qualifications in Diet and Nutrition as well.
I can tell you categorically that the best way to lose weight and get in great in shape is to train hard and eat right. Regardless of your condition, if you follow those two principals you can, and will, lose weight.
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So how do I feel about Acupuncture for Weight Loss?
It helps, and it can help an awful lot in conjunction with proper diet and exercise. From a western point of view, this is because acupuncture increases the metabolism (the bodies energy production system) and reduces cravings and hunger pangs.
As always Acupuncture for Weight Loss works best once the underlying pattern of disharmony is discovered and a treatment plan to resolve it implemented. There are also a number of herbs as well as certain foods that can accelerate the process.
Each individual that I have seen for weight loss treatments has had a different pattern and pathology. It’s never so simple as – “you’ve eaten too much and not done enough physical activity” although this is the primary cause, the effects that consistently bad diet and exercises habits can have on the body can the organ balance can be devastating.
For instance, the Spleen and Stomach in the Chinese Medical system are associated with the transportation and transformation of food, our digestive system. The Spleen is associated with the Sweet flavor (all foods have flavors and specific properties according to TCM), and sweet foods nourish and benefit the Spleen.
However in today’s modern age of artificial high sugar convenience food’s the Spleen is overwhelmed and ceases to function properly. Food is no longer transformed and transported which can lead to the formation of Damp in the body. This can significantly contribute to Weight Gain.
Dampness in the Chinese Medical system is simple an observation of the human body’s condition and how it relates to the natural world. To understand what Dampness means in Chinese Medicine, simply think of how dampness affects a house. It’s moist and heavy, things sag and fall under its wet pressure, from wallpaper peeling to floor boards warping and can lead to heavy mold growing on things.
The same symptoms can affect the body, an increase in water retention, excessive fluids in the body with symptoms of abdominal bloating, loss of appetite, nausea, a feeling of heaviness or being sluggish, slowing of the metabolism and stiff, aching or sore joints. Thus the body appears “to be Damp”. Dampness is often the underlying cause of weight gain in the patients I have seen.
Dampness however also affects the mind, and can leave one tired and depressed, craving sweet foods even more as the body naturally seeks out a remedy, one unfortunately corrupted by modern dietary habits, leading to a vicious circle of over or comfort eating.
Acupuncture for Weight Loss treatments often focus on resolving Dampness in the body and strengthening the Spleen and Stomach, promoting proper digestion and processing of food. This in turn reduces the cravings for sweet foods, helps eliminate excess fluid and water weight and improves mood and energy levels enabling the patient to take charge and improve their health through exercise and proper diet.
If you are finding it hard to shift excess weight or control your appetite, then perhaps you should try a course of Acupuncture for Weight Loss and increase your energy levels and speed up the metabolism.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Acupuncture for Weight Loss or wish to start a course of treatment then please feel free to contact me or make an appointment where we can discus any specific concerns or questions you may have.