Obesity is now an epidemic in the United States. Between 1980 and 2000, obesity rates have doubled. Currently over 60 million adults in the U.S are obese. New diet fads are constantly popping up all over but one practice has been around for thousands of years, acupuncture.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points of the body or “energy pathways”. The inserted needles 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 help calm those affected by stress, frustration or anxiety and help with weight loss without resorting to medication.
According to doctoroz.com, the rationale for using acupuncture for weight control is based in the premise that weight gain could be the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining “homeostasis” or functional balance that allows the body to run like a finely tuned instrument. It is the body’s dispatch center that regulates hormones and neurochemicals, and helps to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst and hunger.
We at Performance Rehabilitation and Integrated Medicine have knowledgeable acupuncturists available to answer any questions you may have about acupuncture for weight loss. Contact us for an appointment.