Acupuncture & Weight Loss

AcupunctureIf you struggle with your weight, you are not alone. According to the WHO (World Health Organization) there are more than 1 billion overweight adults of which at least 300 million are clinically obese individuals. 1


Being overweight is a risk factor for many conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. However, maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk. People are turning to acupuncture as a natural and effective way to achieve weight loss.


Acupuncture works to control weight on various levels. It helps to release endorphins which helps to balance out food cravings which many people experience when changing their diet. This can best be achieved by needling ear points. It also helps to reduce stress by neutralizing the stress hormone cortisol – also by releasing endorphins. This can be addressed by needling points on the Liver meridian. Acupuncture also helps to support digestion by making it more efficient. This can be achieved by needling points on the Stomach and Spleen meridians. The goal is to help restore the balance and flow of the body’s vital energy or Qi (chee).


It is important to remember that acupuncture is not a quick fix. When you visit an acupuncturist they will take an in depth history and perform various diagnostic exams. Your acupuncturist will explain your treatment plan and provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis. As stated before, your treatments will aim to correct any underlying imbalances in your body. So by taking your whole body into account your acupuncturist will get to the root cause of your health concerns rather than just treating the symptoms to help you achieve your weight loss goals.


During an acupuncture treatment you will be lying on your back on a comfortable massage table listening to relaxing music for approximately 30-45 minutes with needles in hands, feet, arms, legs, torso, and ears.


  1. World Health Organization.; Komada, J., Article – Acupuncture for Weight Loss, 2003. Pitchford, P., Healing with Whole Foods, North Atlantic Books, 1993.


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