Weight Loss

What are the causes for overweight?

1.   Western view 

Obesity is a silent epidemic that is sweeping across North America. There are many reasons why people become overweight or obese, such as

  • Overeating
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Stress

2.   Chinese medicine view

  • Spleen-Qi deficiency
  • Improper diet
  • Lack of physical exercise

The major factor involved in the etiology and pathogenesis of obesity in Chinese medicine is Qi. The spleen is in charge of the transportation and transformation of Qi. When the Spleen-Qi is deficient, it loses its ability to transport fluids and transform dampness. The accumulation of dampness and phlegm will cause weight gain. Eating improper diet, such as the greasy fast foods, will injury the spleen and stomach, causing an accumulation of damp-heat and phlegm. Lack of physical exercise can also cause poor circulation within the body. Qi and blood are not able to flow in the body which leads to stagnation. The stagnation of fluids in the body can result in dampness and fat.  

If you are one of those who have struggled with weight loss for many years, have you ever considered trying acupuncture for weight loss?

What are the expected effects of acupuncture for weight loss? 

  • Suppressing appetite and cravings
  • Improving energy
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Regulating hormones
  • Strengthening Spleen-Qi
  • Resolve dampness and phlegm 

Studies have shown that people receiving acupuncture lost twice as much weight as those who were on a diet alone. It may be specifically geared toward weight loss, or may be used to treat other factors that keep you from reaching your weight loss goals. Acupuncture has been an effective treatment for weight loss and the maintenance of the healthy weight. 

Are there any side effects or discomfort during acupuncture treatment for weight loss?

Weight-loss acupuncture is a healthy, safe, non-invasive, and reliable method of keeping unnecessary pounds off, without side effects and discomfort. There is no crash dieting or diarrhea involved.

How often should I go for the treatment?

We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your particular needs. Keeping with this, we choose the treatment which is tailored to your individual needs.

The number of acupuncture treatments needed differs from person to person. We recommend that patients undergo acupuncture twice weekly for the first three or four weeks then once weekly for subsequent treatments. Follow up is dictated by the patient's response to treatment. Successful results are achievable when acupuncture therapy is combined with responsible eating habits and an active lifestyle.