23. April 2011 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Philadelphia Good for Weight Loss · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , ,

Losing weight is a fervent desire of many overweight Americans. The difficulty of losing weight in the US stems from the abundance of food, mostly fast foods and of the American’s love for eating. Obesity can also be acquired genetically. Acupuncture Philadelphia can help overweight people lose weight no matter if the obesity is genetically acquired or stems from over eating or both. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment done with special needles inserted at certain points in the body to help the body fight the food cravings. Needle insertions in the body might sound painful but people who have undergone a session of acupuncture aver that it is not at all painful and indeed very effective for weight loss.

Losing weight through acupuncture therapy is popular because it is 100% safe with no side effects and is an effective and fun way to shed those extra pounds. Acupuncture is about inserting needles at the right points to stimulate endorphins, the hormone that makes a person relaxed and euphoric. These hormones soothe the body and calm the mind. As the mind is relaxed and calm, stress levels go down and the cravings for those extra snacks and binging sessions are neutralized making the body lose weight. Studies have revealed that when people are stressed, the body becomes tense and the blood in the abdominal area moves to the skeletal muscles. The heart beat increases causing hormonal imbalances and the desire to eat more. When acupuncture is applied, endorphins mitigate the stress and assist the body to lose weight.

Acupuncture points for weight normally are in the head area, in general and on the ears, in particular. The needles are allowed to stay in the body for about 30-45 minutes in every session. If the treatment points selected are in the ears, then ear staples or tacks with adhesives are placed over them. This is done to keep the points open and for the treatment effect to last longer till the next session.

When the patient gets that urge to eat in between meals or after meals, then he/she can apply a light pressure on the staples. This helps the brain get stimulated to release endorphins, relaxing the patient then and erasing his urge to eat. Endorphins create a good psychological and physiological environment of completeness and satisfaction that can offset people from overeating. Those who want to lose more weight go for frequent sessions of the treatment.

Unlike acupuncture drug therapy for weight loss does not really treat the root of the problem which is the food craving. Moreover, some weight loss drugs carry such adverse side effects like heart palpitation, sleeplessness or low blood pressure and if taken for a long time, these drugs can destroy the kidneys or liver. In effect, acupuncture is a more superior mode of treatment than drug therapy.