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. The disturbed energy, thus excessive eating could be the result of: hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, increased stress levels, and anxiety are some of the most common.Using acupuncture to tackle weight loss is a multi-pronged approach.
The inserted needles are used in such a way as to stimulate release of the hormone endorphin. Endorphin, your body’s natural feel good factors, then bring on a calming and relaxing effect. In this same way, the acupuncture needles also influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism. This strategy also works by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.
At Ocean Integrated Wellness Center, our Acupuncturist has helped many patients with weight control and eating disorders. You owe yourself to give us a call if this is something you would like us to help you with. You won’t regret it!!