Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese therapy of inserting and manipulating very thin needles at specific points into the body to cure a variety of different ailments. It is an alternative treatment known to resolve chronic pain, persistent nausea, obesity, infertility and give a boost to overall good health and wellbeing.
Though there are many variations and kinds of acupuncture practiced in the world, there are certain principles in common. Many people find that they are able to supplement their weight loss program with the help of acupuncture, or that they derive such benefits from acupuncture alone.
Whereas crash diets, diet pills and other weight loss supplements can have serious side effects and impact health negatively, acupuncture is thought to be a safe and natural means for losing excess weight.
The specific points for weight loss by acupuncture could vary according to the individual practitioner, the sort of acupuncture they practice, as well as the person who requires treatment.
However once the effective points have been determined, superfine needles are then inserted into those points for a specific length of time. By the insertion of these needles, the Qi in the body (the life force or inner energy of the body) is sought to be realigned or to be brought into balance once again. The body has different zones or ‘Meridians’ and the specific acupuncture points correspond to these meridians to derive benefit.
One of the acupuncture points for weight loss is thought to be the earlobe. While the main therapy consists of insertion of the needles, these are removed after a while. In some cases, tacks or staples may be inserted at that point, which could continue the treatments between sessions.
Additionally there are acupuncture points located in the stomach meridian, to control appetite and digestion, the spleen that could help balance the secretion of certain hormones and restore the normal fluid balance of the body.
Many other acupuncture points are targeted for triggering weight loss. This works either by releasing certain hormones that suppress the appetite, or by bringing certain systems of the body into balance once again.
Acupuncture is based on the understanding that obesity and other diseases occur because the systems of the body are out of synch or balance. The aim of the treatment is to restore this balance once again, with the result that the body’s normal functioning is restored and immune system strengthened as well.