Do you struggle with weight loss? Then you’re not alone. Thousands of men and women have spent hundreds of dollars for treatments and procedures just to get back the body they want. If none of them have worked for you, perhaps it’s time to explore another option: acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that dates back to more than 2,000 years ago. Based on the premise that diseases are caused by an interrupted or disturbed flow of qi (energy) in the body, it uses fine thing needles inserted in over 100 meridian points to direct the energy to the correct path.
This treatment has been a favorite source of contention in the health community. First, it is not a regulated practice, although the needles are now already treated by the Food and Drug Administration like other medical instruments including surgical scalpels.
Second, many doubt if this really works, although mounting evidence proves that acupuncture can help reduce nausea and pain, especially for people who are suffering from the effects of chemotherapy.
Many also stand by its effectiveness in weight loss. Specifically, acupuncture can be used to stimulate certain sections of the brain such as the adrenal cortex, pituitary gland, and hypothalamus that are responsible for regulating basal metabolism, appetite, and mood. The adrenal medulla may also be corrected to significantly reduce or eliminate problems in the endocrine system. Endocrine disorders including those affecting the thyroid can lead to weight challenges due to different hormone imbalances. A person with hypothyroidism, for example, gains weight as part of the disease’s symptom.
The Most Activated Point
When it comes to weight loss, an acupuncturist often inserts needles around the ear area, particularly at the back of the earlobes. The number of needles used depends on the activated points.
However, based on a research conducted by a group of Korean researchers, five meridian points seem to be more effective than only one point (known as the hunger point).
During the study, which lasted for 8 weeks, the team recruited 91 volunteers with a body mass index of at least 23. Around 31 received acupuncture in 5 points while the others had only 1. While some have dropped out of the program, those who belonged to the 5-point group and stayed lost an average of 6% reduction of BMI compared to only 5.7% of 1-point group.