Orlando Acupuncture for Weight Loss
Chinese acupuncture is finally getting under the skin of dieters by tapping into the body’s many hidden energy meridians. The ancient practice of acupuncture helps to heal a myriad of ailments, and practitioners of Western medicine now embrace it to quell chronic pain, postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, endocrine concerns, digestive issues, addictions and weight loss. When fine needles are barely inserted into the skin along strategic points on the body it can restore balance to the flow of energy along rivers of Qi (pronounced chee), or life force.
There are many reasons people become overweight – hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common.
Using acupuncture to tackle weight loss is a multi-pronged approach.
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.
What is particularly interesting is acupuncture has the ability to 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.
The guiding principal is that acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy 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.
To pinpoint the Qi for effective weight control, acupuncturists insert very small sterile needles in the body along the meridians that correspond to weight loss, points that help control hunger, calm the mind, boost immunity, support the endocrine system to help stimulate the release of neurochemicals and hormones,and help the function of the spleen and the stomach that help to transport and transform our food for nutrition and energy.
Some practitioners may also use Auricular Therapy referred to as “ear seeds” that patient wear home that can be massaged periodically to help with difficult-to-control urges. They help with appetite control, cravings, irritability, and overall digestive issues such as metabolism.
For best results one should complete a full course of treatment that could start with 10 treatments delivered over a few weeks, and this number can fluctuate depending on the goal that is set with the patient and the Acupuncturist. Making life style changes such as controlling stress and getting a better night sleep are all important when it comes to weight loss. Food therapy is also important, reviewing and going over a plan of foods to eat and to avoid to get the best result and even adding Herbal supplements and a n exercise plan will help the process.
Call Four Seasons Acupuncture today to see if acupuncture can help you with your weight loss concerns. We service the residents of Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary. We are located at the corner of Horatio and 17-92 in the Maitland Plaza.
Four Seasons Acupuncture
110 North Orlando Ave. Suite 3
Maitland, Florida 32751