A TCM approach to losing weight the safe and healthy way
Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine treatment, is an effective way to lose weight, but it is not a quick-fix solution. It works gradually and is most effective as a supplement to a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Acupuncture achieves weight loss through four main functions:
Increases your metabolic rate. The acupuncture process helps stimulate the thyroid gland and speed up metabolism, so your body burns off the calories from the food you consume more effectively instead of storing excess fat
Gradually disintegrates saturated fats. Through the use of electro-needles during acupuncture, it speeds up the process of disintegrating the saturated lipids. Besides electroacupuncture, cupping can be used to enhance the overall effect.
Curbs your appetite. To a certain extent, acupuncture can curb your appetite by manipulating hormone levels to make you feel satiated. After a few acupuncture sessions, you will notice that you snack less. While you do not need to go on a diet when undergoing treatment, you must be mindful of the food you eat. Take your meals regularly, have a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and nutrients, and abstain from junk food. If you practise healthy lifestyle habits, it is less likely for you to put on weight when the treatment ends.
Ear acupuncture therapy (耳针). The ear is an essential focus point during acupuncture sessions aimed at weight loss, so ear acupuncture therapy is often used to prolong the slimming effect. This is done after each acupuncture treatment session. Your physician will paste small plasters containing a tiny seed on the acupoints on your outer ear. By pressing these points, you can curb your appetite and get food cravings under control on days when you’re not scheduled for a treatment session.
While acupuncture is an effective method for weight loss, perseverance from the individual is required. At least two to three sessions per week are needed in order achieve the desired results. Acupuncture should be coupled with regular exercise and healthy diet habits.