Acupuncture For Weight Loss
Acupuncture For Weight Loss
Now and Days many people are very aware of their weight with an air of concern regarding either their heath, or their image and society as a whole continues looking for techniques, diets, exercises and programs to get people the results for which they are looking. The choices and knowing where to start can be a bit overwhelming if a person is new to this endeavor. I am here to inform as to what solution Chinese medicine and Acupuncture can provide regarding weight loss or control of any kind, also including weight gain.
From each new report as to this or that working for weight loss, one can see there are many approaches to diet, exercise, etc. However, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have thousands of years of experience with treating the human body for every possible condition you can think of. People use it for support of pain, headaches, the flu, digestive problems, autoimmunity issues and even fertility. And with consistent treatment, it works very well. This is because Chinese medicine and Acupuncture are from a system of medical though that is complete, considering the whole body. Nothing is left out. Here we can gear its knowledge and expertise in holistic health toward weight control.
In Chinese medicine everyone is their own unique combination of health and non health. So, regarding weight loss people are also unique, therefore there is no one cure. However, that’s ok. In Chinese Medicine the practitioner looks deeply into the current state of every person, to determine exactly what that individual needs, uniquely. Through discussion, and classical Chinese diagnosis of reading the wrist pulses and looking at the tongue and maybe feeling around the abdomen, there are some common reasons found as to why people have difficulty controlling their weight.
Some of the most common issues include
Reason 1) Low Qi or Energy – Here we can think of this issue as low metabolism. The body does not possess enough quantity of energy or qi to do its job such as digestion. So, digestion slows down and people do not process what they eat as efficiently or as quickly, the movement through the digestive system slows down and maybe constipation happens, maybe water (dampness) is retained, maybe there is gas and bloating, and all this creates a person to feel fatigue, dragging, sluggish, and sweet cravings increase (as the flavor sweet is attributed to digestion).
Reason 2) Stress - Stress is simply the manifestation of blocked energy or qi. Energy when consistently moving is like a river, fresh and clean. But, if something disrupts its flow it becomes blocked, bottled up, and unable to travel in a healthy way, the river becomes murky, muddy and dirty. So stress creates energy, in various areas of the body and organs, to become blocked. This creates an unhealthy state and the body goes into a chronic survival mode in which it wants to hold on to its reserves to prepare for a time where it will need to survive. Therefore, the hormones and chemicals in the body signal to strongly hold on to sugar and store it as fat for the hard time ahead, almost like preparing for hibernation. In addition to physical storage, emotional storage happens with the process, so frustrations and anxieties and stressors become stored away in the tissues of the body only to come out later.
Reason 3) Appetite Imbalances – sometimes cravings or actual hunger are too much or not enough. This is not necessarily your fault or under your control, but rather a reflection of your bodies energies. In Chinese medicine, everything has a meaning. Craving sweets means your digestive energy is low, salty means your kidney energy is low, sour means your liver is imbalanced, etc. Hunger, when inappropriately to much can mean some type of extra heat in your stomach organ, that It burns up your food too quickly so you remain to have a big appetite or eat often. If your appetite is actually low it means your stomachs energy is low and you don’t have the metabolic (qi) to process a normal amount of food.
Now these are simply 3 common categories of what causes a person to hold on to (or not hold on to) weight. Chinese Medicine and acupuncture have an ancient knowledge and wisdom about them so that the practitioner can determine the specific cause in a particular person, and using a combination of acupuncture, and maybe herbal medicines, massage, nutrition, exercise, etc. works to correct it. Chinese medicine and Acupuncture are quite effective, but they work toward a real change and a real healing, so it usually takes consistency, some commitment and time. Because a quick fix is not something that is sustainable or reasonable when dealing with a natural medicine and genuine improvement. Chinese medicine works to improve your energy, clear stress, add what is not enough, and take away where there is too much. As people go through these safe and very enjoyable treatments, they feel results not only physically, but emotionally and mentally also, bringing much peace, calm and serenity.
Ask your practitioner about treatment regarding your health in general, but also your weight management if this calls to you. Bless you all on your journey and continually improve on your health. After all, your health is for your happiness to enjoy life.
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Christopher Grodski, L.Ac., Dipl.OM