Acupuncture Can Help with Weight Management

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Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote balance. While acupuncture is not a direct solution for weight management, some proponents believe it can offer support in various ways. April Harris has extensive training that can help with weight management utilizing acupuncture. 

The effectiveness of acupuncture for weight management is a topic of ongoing research and debate, and the mechanisms by which acupuncture might influence weight are not fully understood. However, proponents suggest several ways in which acupuncture may be helpful for weight management. Research suggests that acupuncture can help to reduce BMI and body weight by reversing mechanisms that link to appetite and energy metabolism. Here are a few ways in which acupuncture is thought to potentially help with weight management:

  • Appetite Regulation: Acupuncture may influence the release of neurotransmitters and hormones related to appetite regulation. By targeting specific points, acupuncturists aim to rebalance the body’s energy flow, potentially affecting hunger and satiety signals.
  • Stress Reduction: The holidays can be a stressful time, and stress is often linked to overeating or making unhealthy food choices. Acupuncture may help reduce stress by promoting the release of endorphins, which are natural stress relievers. By managing stress, individuals may be less prone to emotional eating.
  • Support for Digestive Function: Acupuncture may be used to promote healthy digestive function. Improved digestion can contribute to better nutrient absorption and metabolism, potentially supporting weight management efforts.
  • Hormonal Balance: Some proponents of acupuncture suggest that it can help balance hormones related to metabolism and weight regulation, such as insulin and cortisol. However, more research is needed to establish a clear link between acupuncture and hormonal balance for weight management.
  • Lifestyle Support: Acupuncture is often used as part of a holistic approach to wellness. Acupuncturists may offer lifestyle and dietary advice, helping individuals make healthier choices during the holiday season.

Individual responses to acupuncture can vary, and it should be viewed as a complementary approach rather than a standalone solution for weight loss. Acupuncture is typically a safe practice, but it is essential to find a licensed practitioner to ensure safety. It’s also important to note that a person may need multiple sessions to see results and that the cost depends on the program. Acupuncture practitioners and advocates believe that acupuncture can help regulate the flow of energy that is called “qi.” Advocates believe that this helps a person regain balance and reverse the biological mechanisms that lead to obesity. 

Dr. April L. Harris at Galen Acupuncture and Osteopathic Medicine is a graduate of The Helms Medical Institute where she received her training in Medical Acupuncture.  Additionally, she is trained in Neuro-Acupuncture and Constitutional Facial Acupuncture. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris, please call her (785) 393-1108 or visit her website at galenacupuncture.com and complete the contact form. Galen Acupuncture and Osteopathic Medicine is here to help you!

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