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Current research statistics reveal that greater than 50% of the American population is overweight. This frightening statistic is even more alarming because of the distinct correlation between obesity and chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. The correlation between obesity and cancer, for example, reveals higher rates of colon, rectal, and prostate cancer in men, and increased risks of breast, cervical, uterine, ovarian, and gallbladder cancer in women. It is not totally clear whether the increased risk is due to the obesity itself or the higher caloric intake. What is clear is that the risk is greater.

The empowerment of the individual to take control of their life plays a key role in successful weight management. Most people enroll in diet programs which manipulate the individual’s intake of various foods in a manner which is inconsistent with optimal health. Often the desired weight loss occurs — but at what price to the overall health profile of the individual? Additionally, because the weight loss is accomplished without maintainable lifestyle changes, it is unrealistic to expect that it will produce permanent weight change. The weight is often gained back with additional pounds as old lifestyle patterns return.

ACUPUNCTURE WORKS FOR WEIGHT LOSS!

If you’re truly looking for a way to take that weight off for good, acupuncture might be right for you. Along with lifestyle changes that include proper diet, moderate exercise and stress reducing practices, acupuncture is great way to achieve true optimal wellness. Inserting fine, sterile needles into various acupuncture points on the body it is possible to safely lose 1-2 pounds per week. That might not sound like a lot considering all the claims that proponents of fad diets make, but using acupuncture as part of a lifestyle makeover will help you lose the weight and keep it off.

So How does it work?

Acupuncture for weight loss can be a very powerful adjunct to your weight loss program by addressing both the physiological and the psychological facets of weight loss. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs treat the physical, mental and emotional components to any disharmony (illness) in the body, and by doing that, help facilitate weight loss.

From a TCM perspective, the acupuncture points and herbs that are chosen to assist with weight loss directly influence the Qi of the spleen and liver systems to treat the root imbalances that are causing the weight gain.

From a Western perspective, acupuncture and TCM have been shown to have an effect on the function of the nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, food cravings, and metabolism. All of these influences can help to energize the body, maximize the absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite, and reduce anxiety.

THE RESEARCH SUPPORTS ITS EFFICACY

A growing body of research supports the use of acupuncture for weight loss:

• A 2003 study published in The Journal of Medical Acupuncture found that participants receiving acupuncture lost more than three times more weight than the control group.
• In a study conducted by the University of Adelaide in Australia in 1998, 95 percent of the participants receiving electro-stimulation on acupuncture points reported appetite suppression. The results showed that the acupuncture group was more likely to experience a reduced appetite and to lose weight than the control group.
• In a recent study, 20 women between the ages of 22 and 42, all with a Body Mass Index higher than 27, were divided into two groups. The women who followed a regimen of a 2,000-calorie per day diet, daily exercise, and weekly ear acupuncture treatments lost on average more than twice as much weight as those who only dieted and exercised, even if they did not comply exactly with the treatment plan.

WE WANT TO HELP!

Are you ready to make a commitment to a new, healthier lifestyle? If you are truly ready to begin losing weight or have been trying with little results, we’d like to help. Our program works! Call us today at 561-939-0430 – Boca Raton Acupuncture offers free consultations daily.