How Acupuncture Helps with Weight Loss
In a study in 2018, researchers ran an experiment comparing three groups of participants. One group was given lifestyle intervention (diet and moderate exercise), another group was given lifestyle intervention and the diabetes drug metformin. And the third group was given lifestyle intervention and acupuncture therapy. In 12 weeks, the participants that were given acupuncture therapy had a remarkable improvement in health indicators such as hemoglobin A1C, fasting blood glucose, and total cholesterol levels.
The participants who received acupuncture for weight loss also significantly reduced their BMI (Body Mass Indexes).
“The researchers concluded that acupuncture may help people with prediabetes lose weight by reducing their insulin and leptin resistance; both insulin and leptin are appetite-regulating hormones that can play a role in long-term weight-loss.” – US News.
Acupuncture’s needles (are hair-thin unlike regular needles used at the physician’s office) stimulate the release of endorphins in the patient’s body. These hormones create a relaxing effect and can reduce the excessive need to eat and consume (often brought on by stress, anxiety, or frustration). Unlike using pharmaceutical drugs, acupuncture is all-natural and has no side effects.
Traditional Chinese Medicine states that inordinate weight gain is due to the imbalance of the body’s chi. Expert acupuncturists are able to pinpoint the exact areas needed for acupuncture and balance the body.
Looking to do acupuncture for weight loss in Irvine? Make an appointment to come to our Irvine office for a consultation.