Acupuncture for Weight Loss

These days acupuncture seems to be gaining in popularity as a natural way to treat many conditions. In case you didn’t know, acupuncture uses thin needles through the skin to stimulate specific points on the body. It is one of the practices used in Chinese medicine to treat many pain conditions.Many people are also turning to acupuncture as a way to help them lose weight. How can inserting thin needles into the skin actually help you to lose weight?

acupuncture for weight loss

Well, experts who say acupuncture can help you lose weight say it has to do with endorphins. Here’s how it works…thin needles are inserted into so-called “energy pathways” of the body to stimulate the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural hormones that help you feel good. When this happens, your body becomes calm and less stressed. So, if you tend to eat when you’re stressed, some doctors say acupuncture will alleviate this urge because you are more relaxed. They say this, combined with diet and exercise can actual tip the scale in your favor. Some other areas the needles are placed are aimed at targeting your thyroid for metabolism purposes as well as the kidney for dealing with water retention and the nervous system.

There are a few different types of acupuncture to consider if you are thinking of trying it to aid in weight loss. Auricular acupuncture focuses on specific pressure points in the ear. There are several important parts of the ear that are linked to other parts of the body. Many people believe this type of acupuncture is beneficial for weight loss.

Electro acupuncture uses acupuncture needles in combination with pulsating electrical stimulation delivered through the needles. There is also something called laser acupuncture which low-level lasers are used as an alternative to needles. These lasers don’t heat up or burn the skin. Advocates explain the procedure as light penetrating the skin through meridians to alter signals within the body thus helping to stimulate weight loss.

Although there are many people who believe acupuncture does work for weight loss, there are also just as many skeptics. Some people believe acupuncture does nothing to aid weight loss. People looking to lose weight still need to do it the old-fashioned way by dieting and exercising. They say acupuncture is not the magic cure.


Of course, there are also some potential side effects that need to be looked into as well. All doctors agree that any type of acupuncture needs to be done by an experienced practitioner who uses clean needles. Obviously the use of dirty needles poses a health risk within itself. Even when clean needles are used by someone who is experienced there is the risk of bruising and soreness. In some rare cases, acupuncture performed incorrectly can lead to infections and damage to the organs. Many experts say if you have any type of bleeding disorder you should avoid acupuncture altogether.  

The bottom line is that while some people believe acupuncture can aid in weight loss, it is not a magic solution. Even advocates say you still need to eat right and exercise. You can’t expect to eat fast food all the time and lie on the couch and still lose weight just because you are having acupuncture done. It just doesn’t work that way. Of course if you are thinking of trying acupuncture you should first discuss it with your doctor to go over the side effects and see if it is right for you.



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