Weight Loss





How does Acupuncture and Chinese herbs loss weight:

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles at specific body points or "energy pathways." The inserted needles act to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural "feel good" hormones. This can create a calming, relaxing effect, which counteracts the need for excessive eating brought about by increased stress, frustration or anxiety. In this respect, acupuncture can calm those so afflicted and help them lose weight without resorting to drugs.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the belief is that excessive weight gains are caused mainly by an imbalance in the body due to a malfunction of organ systems. Skilled acupuncture practitioners will choose specific body point to effect weight loss, these points will affect the endocrine system and kidneys, which are addressed to treat water retention and to stimulate nerve and hormonal rebalance. The digestion system and thyroid gland are also targeted to effect sugar and hormonal rebalancing. Finally, the adrenal and ovary glands are included to treat weight gain due to menopause or Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)..


Weight loss comes under the topic of "Weight Control", because we are concerned with the loss and MAINTENANCE of loss of weight. This is a multi-faceted problem, and a good program involves diet, exercise and stress reduction techniques. Chinese acupressure and digestive aid exercises are also useful tools in the battle with weight loss


What is the Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Treatment for weight loss?

Several studies have shown that when acupuncture is combined with Chinese herbs and other traditional methods of weight loss, patients lose more weight. In these cases, three or more acupuncture weight loss sessions can be safe and effective in helping people achieve reasonable weight loss goals.


In order to choose the correct treatment for you, acupuncturist would discuss your particular pattern of overeating, check your pulse and tongue to discern the general state of your energy and measure the health of your stomach energy in particular, and would provide some clues as to why the person was gaining weight.


Then, armed with this information, the acupuncturist would devise a treatment protocol using a combination of ear and body points according to your condition.


•Auricular points

Chinese developed the system of auricular (ear) acupuncture a long time ago, as one of the various Microsystems of the body containing all the points relating to the major organs and body parts, ear points called "Adrenal", “Hungry ", “Endocrine ", "Thyroid" et al. maybe used.


•Body points

During the first few treatments, most likely the "Four Gate" points (LI 4, Liver3) would be used to circulate the energy throughout the body and calm the nervous system. Ren 12, the front collecting point of the stomach energy would be chosen for many treatments, as would Stomach 36 that tonify the energy and helps circulate oxygen and blood of the whole body and of the stomach in particular.

The acupuncturist may use electro stimulation on some of these points to increase the endorphin release and stimulate the metabolism. After the needles are removed, herbal seeds with adhesive on them maybe be placed in the same spots on the ear to continue the stimulation between treatments. The way it works is this: when the patient feels an urge to eat, s/he applies mild pressure to the point or rubs it back and forth for about 20 seconds. This acupressure stimulates the point, causes a mild endorphin release, relaxes the patient and helps them to regain their willpower or resolve about resisting the temptation to eat.


•Chinese Herbal Medicine and Supplements

Many diet and appetite suppression products are available on the market and surprisingly there are many effective and safe ancient Chinese herbals for weight loss, such as Fructus Crataegi, Medicated Leaven, Poria Cocos Semen Pruni ,Tangerine Peel, Green tea et al.  An important concept of Chinese herbal medicine is to diagnose properly and treat the patient with the correct herbs so as not to consume body fluids or disturb electrolyte balance.


•Breathing and Abdominal Exercises

While the patient is undergoing the behavior modification program and is successfully losing weight, it is a good idea to incorporate a set of deep breathing and abdominal exercises that utilize the acupuncture meridians or energy lines on the body to stimulate relaxation and digestion.Another method of stimulating these same organs in the stomach region is the abdominal finger pressure massage that follows the direction of the large intestines. This massage will gently stimulate all the points on the central body and will not only encourage proper digestion but will foster homeostasis or the harmonious balancing of the hormone and endocrine systems of the body and increase your willpower to succeed!

















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