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Want to try needles to manage your weight but not sure if it’s for you? Well, read on to know more about using acupuncture for weight loss.

But first, let’s straighten out some misconceptions you might have heard about acupuncture.

Acupuncture Myths Debunked

Acupuncture involves penetrating the skin using thin metallic skin then activating it using manual or electrical stimulation. It’s believed that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points to help energy flow in the body.

As this traditional Chinese practice becomes more and more popular, so do misconceptions about it.

You’ll find a few common acupuncture myths and the facts below.

Myth 1: Acupuncture is painful because it uses needles

Since we’re talking needles, you might think acupuncture’s painful.

But actually, with skilled fingers,  the pain has been described as that of a mosquito bite or someone pinching your skin. And you probably can request to adjust the needle sizes if you prefer a lighter touch.

Myth 2: Acupuncture is only effective for pain

Yes, research has shown that acupuncture can help relieve pain. But, it has also been used for other conditions such as anxiety, allergies, chemotherapy side effects, high blood pressure, insomnia, and even infertility. Evil Bone Water is an amazing adjunct to relieve aches and pains. Purchase online at EveryBody in Mind Wellness Center. 

Myth 3: You need a doctor’s prescription before trying acupuncture

While most people wouldn’t need a referral to see a trained and licensed acupuncturist, the guidelines may vary from state to state. Sometimes too, you may need a referral for insurance coverage purposes.

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Now that we’ve cleared up the air, here’s some relevant information and considerations about using acupuncture for weight loss.

This alternative treatment may help you slim down in several ways:

  • Boosting metabolism

When needles are applied to acupuncture points in the thyroid and endocrine glands, it may help increase the body’s fat-burning activities.

Moreover, in women struggling with weight gain due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), research shows that acupuncture is relatively effective in improving the metabolism of blood glucose levels.

  • Improving digestion

Research shows that acupuncture may improve gastrointestinal issues by regulating gut function. In a 2014 study, acupuncture was able to relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and abdominal distention.

  • Lowering stress levels

Did you notice that you tend to overeat or eat unhealthy food when you’re stressed? Well, many studies have shown a strong connection between stress and weight gain.

So, if you’re able to reduce your stress with acupuncture, and let your chi flow smoothly, it can help get rid of the pounds.

  • Reducing fluid retention

Acupuncture can discourage fluid retention or so-called “water weight” by stimulating the kidneys and improving blood flow. Aside from this, research shows, acupuncture can also be helpful for reducing edema.

  • Decreasing appetite

Are you having a hard time stopping yourself from eating more? Acupuncture may help control your appetite.

Yes, in fact, a 2015 study shows that acupuncture decreases the production of ghrelin, a.k.a. hunger hormone, a gut hormone that essentially makes you eat more.

Also, acupuncture affects the vagal nerve and increases the level of serotonin. According to research, it increases the stomach’s muscle tone and suppresses appetite.


Preparing for Your Acupuncture Session

If you’ve decided to go for acupuncture to help manage your weight, there are some things you need to do:

First, you need to have a list of your current medication and supplements. If you’re taking blood-thinning medication such as Warfarin, consult your doctor first.

Second, wear loose comfy clothing so your acupuncturist won’t have trouble inserting the needles.

Lastly, skip coffee before your appointment so you won’t feel jittery during your session.

Now, If you’re ready to take control of your weight issues with the help of a trained acupuncturist, just book a session with us.