Acupuncture for weight loss… sound too good to be true? Skeptics and believers alike, please allow me explain how regular acupuncture can help you stress less, eat healthier, move more and ultimately lead to sustained healthy weight loss.

According to the World Health Organization over 600 million adults worldwide are obese. This is largely because in developed countries agriculture and factory farming have provided the ability to have constant access to unprecedented amounts of processed high-calorie foods. Since the average person leads a mostly sedentary lifestyle— it is no wonder we are fatter than we have ever been before.

Ancient Medicine, Modern Disease| Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Asian countries to treat many complex conditions. So why haven’t you heard that acupuncture can help with weight loss? Acupuncture has been practiced in countries like China, Korea, or Japan where the population was more likely to suffer of malnutrition than obesity. The obesity epidemic we face today has never existed in Asian medical history. This ancient medicine and modern disease have never been introduced to one another. This creates a new and exciting opportunity use acupuncture to promote weight loss.

Stress Less | Acupuncture is effective for relieving stress because it reduces depression and anxiety through the release of endorphins which enhance feelings of relaxation, well-being, and happiness. Happier, more relaxed individuals cope with stress better. If you are less stressed, you are more likely to be in tune with your body’s needs and are more likely to maintain consistently beneficial habits (like eating healthy and exercising).

Eat Healthier | Auricular or ear acupuncture has also been shown to effectively reduce cravings and suppress excessive hunger. This empowers you to make optimal food choices rather than be influenced by the many external factors that can derail your healthy eating attempts. Additionally, acupuncture encourages you to make the best choices by augmenting your awareness of your body’s needs. In other words, if your body needs a nutrient rich meal you are less likely to settle for a not-so-healthy option if you are in tune with your body’s needs. Here’s the bottom line: when you feel better, you eat better. Strong digestion is key for optimal health. Acupuncture supports digestion reducing bloating, relieving abdominal distention, and regulating bowel movements.

Move More | Acupuncture harnesses the body’s ability to heal itself. If the reason you are not exercising is because you don’t feel energetic enough, acupuncture can help you feel more energized and motivated. If pain is holding you back, acupuncture is excellent for pain relief as well! Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining an ideal body weight. A good guideline of ideal activity means incorporating some movement into your daily life. This may mean aiming to get 10,000 steps per day, taking up a yoga practice, or going for a hike. Whatever the activity, acupuncture can help you feel strong physically and enthusiastic emotionally so you can achieve your fitness goals.

Committing to Weight-Loss Acupuncture | Weight loss does not happen overnight. It is a gradual process that requires consistency and lifestyle changes. At ZenMed we specialize in weight loss acupuncture and recommend a series of 10 (or more) weekly treatments for best results. We offer special pricing on prepaid packages at ZenMedSD.com/services. You deserve to be healthy and happy!

Resources | Obesity Statistics: World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/