The Benefits of Acupuncture for Weight Loss

May 26th, 2014
Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Weight Loss

Acupuncture is not a quick fix for weight loss. The answer always comes down to what you’ve heard time and time again: It’s all about a healthy combination of diet and exercise. Without committing to a more balanced lifestyle, any weight loss you experience will be temporary at best.

When you’re in it for the right reasons—to improve your health and boost your energy—then you’re more likely to lose weight at a healthy pace, and keep it off too. And for committed individuals, acupuncture can actually help you shed those extra pounds. It’s not a miracle cure, but when combined with traditional methods of weight loss, it’s a safe and effective way to achieve reasonable weight loss goals.

Acupuncture can:

• Suppress appetite
• Quell cravings
• Stimulate metabolism
• Reduce water retention
• Optimize digestion
• Enable relaxation
• Regulate obesity-related hormones
• Enhance the way nutrients are used

Acupuncture for weight loss is most ideal for individuals struggling with insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, or an overweight body mass index (BMI). Type 2 diabetics, or those at a high risk for acquiring Type 2 diabetes, can also benefit from weight management acupuncture.

Acupuncture – a Holistic Approach to Losing Weight

There are many reasons why your body is hanging on to excess weight. It might be hormonal imbalances, slow metabolism, poor nutrition, overeating or lack of exercise. It could even be your emotional wellbeing.

It’s always helpful to have someone by your side during your weight loss journey, and your acupuncturist will be with you every step of the way. In addition to acupuncture treatments, they may also recommend other lifestyle changes to help your body regain its natural balance and start taking the first steps towards true health and vitality.

What to Expect at your Appointment

During your first visit, your acupuncturist will take an extensive health history, perform a visual inspection of your face and tongue, and take your pulses. All of this information is used to identify any imbalances in your body and create a treatment plan that is tailored to your body’s unique needs. Your treatments will focus on correcting these underlying imbalances in a way that supports your weight loss goals.

Painless healing is achieved by inserting very fine needles into specific points in the body. You will most likely feel nothing, because the goal of each session is to induce deep relaxation.

How Many Sessions will you Need?

The number of sessions depends on each person’s health. Just like physical fitness, the better shape you’re in the faster getting fit becomes. Acupuncture can help with the finer details of staying fit: your metabolism, insulin balance and mental health.

Whatever the cause of your excess weight, our registered acupuncturists will get to the root of your health concerns so they can best support your weight loss goals. You can book a consultation online, give us a call or an email, or drop by our clinic in Victoria BC.