Acupuncture and Weight Management
The prevalence of excess weight and obesity continues to be a major health concern for Americans. Those that are overweight or obese are at an increased risk for developing a number of serious health conditions, including; type II diabetes, heart disease, stroke and hypertension. During weight gain and even weight loss attempts, negative emotions are often felt such as stress, depression and guilt. These negative emotions increase the likelihood of emotional eating (eating sweet, unhealthy foods or overeating). Negative emotions also lead to increased stagnation in the body creating a sluggish digestive system and metabolism. All of these attribute to an unsuccessful and disappointing weight loss attempt.The good news is Acupuncture can alleviate this common problem! Acupuncture is known to increase and facilitate the release of endorphin from the central nervous system of the body. Endorphin have a calming and relaxing effect on the body, which help the body cope with stress, anxiety, frustration and other negative emotions. A decrease in negative emotions leads to a positive state of mind and improved digestive functioning!
Acupuncture also improves circulation and metabolism, decreases cravings and regulates bowel movements!
Based on the patient’s diagnosis, specific acupuncture points are chosen to aid in healing the root cause of the weight gain. Specific acupuncture points are also chosen to strengthen the digestion,improve circulation and regulate the bowel movements.