If you struggle with your weight, you’re not alone. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, and there are at least 300 million clinically obese individuals.
Overweight people spend billions of dollars annually on weight loss products, but obesity is still on the rise. People are turning to diet pills, extreme fasting, fad diets or even drastic measures such as surgery, in an attempt to manage their weight.
Unfortunately, excess weight is not just a cosmetic issue. Being overweight is a risk factor for many conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. The good news is that maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk and it’s never too late to get started. People seeking to address their weight concerns are turning to acupuncture as a natural and effective way to approach weight loss.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) take a holistic, or whole-body approach to health. This ancient form of healthcare works to restore balance to the body’s systems. According to TCM, the reasons why people gain weight, or find it difficult to lose weight, are numerous. Your acupuncturist can perform diagnostic exams to uncover the root cause(s) or imbalances that have affected your weight. Treatments will focus on correcting these underlying imbalances and help to support you in reaching your weight loss goals.
Based on your unique symptoms, your acupuncturist will choose to concentrate on points related to specific organs. For example, restoring balance to the flow of the stomach can help promote good digestion and suppress an overactive appetite. Emotional issues, such as anxiety and stress, both of which can lead to overeating, can be addressed by balancing the liver.
It is important to remember that acupuncture is not a quick fix. By working with your acupuncturist and committing to long-term goals, you will experience positive changes in your overall health, including maintaining a healthy body weight. In addition to treatments, your practitioner may also recommend other lifestyle changes.