Acupuncture and Weight Loss – Houston, Texas

Acupuncture services can contribute to weight loss when combined with a healthy diet, stress reduction techniques and regular exercise. Although the scientific relationship between acupuncture and weight loss is still being explored, it is commonly known that the insertion of acupuncture needles into certain points on the ear and other parts of the body can result in relaxation and calm, making it easier to handle anxiety, frustration, stress and other emotions that lead to overeating. In addition, acupuncture releases endorphins in the body that can help balance metabolism.

What to Expect in Acupuncture Session

Contact Us Now About Acupuncture for Weight-LossBefore starting an acupuncture weight loss program, it’s important to be prepared to discuss ones typical eating patterns. At the Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic, we are licensed and registered dietitians in addition to being a licensed acupuncturists. Consequently, we are well qualified to discuss nutrition, lifestyle, exercise and realistic weight loss recommendations. If the dietary needs are significant, we may suggest a separate nutrition consultation to provide more in-depth nutrition and diet guidance to help you achieve your weight goals. This will help create an effective program tailored to your individual needs. Your session will also include discussion of any potential digestive difficulties. In addition, Your pulse will be checked to ascertain your energy levels and the health of your stomach. Finally, your tongue will be checked for possible signs of stomach imbalances.

Points for Acupuncture and Weight Loss

There are several acupuncture points on the human ear that directly relate to eating and weight loss. Your acupuncturist will select some of these points to focus on as part of your acupuncture weight loss program. Each point is labeled with either the body part or bodily function that it affects. Some of these points include the following:

  • Stomach – For individuals who eat after they are full or eat continuously throughout the day.
  • Mouth – For impulsive eaters.
  • Lung – For those who feel addicted to food and prefer sweets such as chocolates.
  • Endocrine – For those suffering from water retention.
  • Spleen – For hormonal disturbances and sugar imbalances.
  • Thyroid – For those with a slow metabolism.
  • Kidney – For preventing water retention and balancing hormones and the activity of the nervous system.
  • Adrenal and Ovary – For women experiencing weight gain as a result of PMS or menopause.
  • Shenmen – For relieving insecurity, frustration, anger and anxiety.
  • Hungry – For those with more general appetite control problems.

Following this, the acupuncturist will choose a few body points that will balance your constitution and help with weight loss. Some of these acupuncture points may include the front of the stomach, points near the knees, ankles and arm. By targeting acupuncture points on the body, weight loss patients can expect to feel calmer, have increased circulation of energy in the body, have increased blood and oxygen circulation, and an overall more relaxed feeling in the stomach.

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