Nowadays, I have noticed that many of us are looking towards alternative therapies instead of traditional solutions for improving our health. A study in 2004 showed that 35% of American adults are obese and that figure looks like it will be climbing to alarmingly dangerous levels. Acupuncture weight loss treatment is one such solution, and in this article I intend to discuss the effectiveness of acupuncture weight loss treatments.
Believed to have originated more than 2,000 years ago in China, the ancient medical practice of acupuncture is now available all over the country. In fact, a study conducted in 2002 shows that 8.2 million adults in the United States reported to have tried acupuncture, but the question is do acupuncture weight loss treatments really work, or is acupuncture weight loss treatment yet another weight loss scam?
I believe it can be easier to lose the weight with regular acupuncture weight loss treatments, but note that said it can be easier. This does not mean that it is a one-stop solution, especially since it doesn't result in direct weight loss. Also realize that you only maintain weight loss by changing your lifestyle and eating habits, and this doesn't change whether you decide to take acupuncture weight loss treatments or revert to another method for losing weight.
Acupuncture weight loss treatment works by inserting thin sterile needles in specific points on the body which release hormones know as endorphins that have a calm and relaxing, effect. It is believed this makes it easier for you to deal with stress, frustration and anxiety which trigger bingeing and overeating at meal times. These endorphins also affect the digestive system which is why its also believed that acupuncture weight loss treatment could help rebalance your metabolism.
Like I said earlier, to keep the weight that you lost off for life will require lifestyle changes and this means you must commit to being more active and eating healthier. Regardless of what some say, acupuncture weight loss treatments by themselves are not enough. You may even get basic nutritional advice from your acupuncturist, but many acupuncture weight loss treatments claim to help you lose the weight without you having to do regular exercise or change your diet.
One good point to note is that when beginning acupuncture weight loss treatment you may be offered an individualized supplement program which includes vitamins, minerals, herbal antioxidants, nutraceuticals and phytochemicals that will support your diet and balance your blood sugar levels so your body has the optimum nutrition to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you make the effort.
The reason it is said that acupuncture weight loss treatments can help you lose weight is because it is believed to boost your energy levels, and this can help you exercise, and can reduce your cravings, and improve your circulation. Whats more, even with patients who were suffering from fatigue and chronic pain for as long as 40 years, surveys showed that acupuncture helped a lot to increase energy levels.
Acupuncture weight loss treatment does have a few negative side effects. These include bruising or slight swelling and soreness. You may feel a slightly sedated feeling, and some experience a wooziness or fainting as a result of the very calming effect on the bodys energy while having an acupuncture weight loss treatment. You should always discuss possible side effects before beginning acupuncture weight loss treatments. You should also be sure that needles are either disposable or have been sterilized.
In conclusion, I always like to advise that while acupuncture weight loss treatments may help aid you in losing weight, whats most important is changing your lifestyle and eating habits. Stress, level of activity and eating habits are important factors which contribute to your weight loss according to The North American Association for the Study of Obesity and if you want the best results focus on improving these. Sure, acupuncture weight loss treatments may help you, but if you want to reach your weight loss goals it will require work on your part too.