Did you know that acupuncture can help you lose weight? Many people may find this pretty surprising but it’s actually been used as a weight loss technique in several parts of the world for a long time. In fact, in China alone it has been practiced for at least 5,000 years. If you don’t know much about this ancient method of healing and losing weight then this article may be of help to you.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine. It is known to heal all sorts of ailments in the body. The process involves piercing the body at particular points using needles made of stainless steel. Their primary purpose is to regulate the life force or “Chi” all throughout the body.
Using this ancient form of medicine is a great way to lose weight because it is natural and does not have any dangerous side effects like crash dieting and ambiguous pills do. Although using this method may not be your fastest way to lose weight, at least it’s not going to cause you any harm. Remember, anything magical is not true. If a product says you can attain the figure you want overnight, forget about it. It can’t be anything more than a huge hoax.
Now, let’s go on to the needlework again.
Actually, acupuncture for weight loss concentrates on the physical as well as the psychological components of obesity. As it deals with the body’s physical functions, it also deals with the mind. This is what makes the process effective not only on the losing-of-weight part but also on maintaining your weight loss.
Acupuncture addresses other ailments that effect weight loss too. For one, it stimulates the digestive system so the spleen and the stomach can be more efficient in food processing.
No one should ever underestimate the importance of a fully functioning digestive system. If something goes wrong with it, the whole body will be affected. Digestion is the process that breaks food down into nutrients that can be used. If the food is not digested correctly, the body doesn’t get the nutrients in a form it can use.
In Chinese medicine, a healthy digestive system helps in converting and carrying the Chi to all parts of the body. As a result, the person will feel satiated more quickly, and therefore would be less likely eat more than they really need. It’s simple really, the more satisfied you are the less likely you are to over eat. Talk about dual weight loss approaches! Acupuncture does not only help in digestion but also in other issues such as regulating the bowels and menstrual flow. It also helps in reducing PMS, fatigue, mood swings and any build up of toxins in the blood, all of which can happen with weight gain and obesity.
Finally, acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers and are also called the “happy hormones.” They make you feel happy and relaxed. When you are happy and relaxed, you become less likely to over eat. When you don’t over eat, you don’t gain weight. Wonderful, don’t you think?
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