What You Should Know
Acupuncture is a medical treatment where practitioners insert very fine sterile needles into specific points of the body according to a map of “energy pathways”. Acupuncture has caught on as a weight loss technique because many believe that acupuncture may relieve stress which causes people to gain weight and have trouble losing weight. Acupuncture can be used by both men and women of almost all fitness levels as a weight loss technique. Users are encouraged to diet and exercise.
Acupuncture for weight loss is a relatively new practice and the jury is still out on whether it works or not. Practitioners believe that those who follow a healthy diet and exercise plan as well as incorporate acupuncture may indeed see a boost in their weight loss and energy levels. When acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the body or ear endorphins are released which have a calming and relaxing effect on the body. When a person is calm and relaxed they can better deal with stress, therefore, making it easier to not overeat and gain weight. Endorphins are also shown to affect the digestive system and the hormonal systems which can have a positive effect of weight loss.
- Patients can help combat their stressors as they receive their Acupuncture treatments for weight loss.
- Acupuncture may help to reduce stored fat, increase lean muscle, and improve joint mobility.
- Acupuncture can also be used to relieve pain which will make sticking to an exercise regimen easier.
- Acupuncture needs a diet and exercise program to work effectively.
- None of the claims this weight loss technique makes have been evaluated by the FDA.
- Acupuncture can come with side effects such as headache, nausea, and vertigo.
There is no absolute evidence to prove that this product will work for everyone. Users will need to assess their health and fitness goals and decide if using acupuncture as a weight loss technique is right for them.