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Acupuncture & Weight Loss

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Acupuncture is a proven safe and effective modality. Acupuncture helps patients lose weight and can play an important role in an individual’s weight loss journey.

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How Does Acupuncture Impact Weight Loss?

Along with the proper diet and exercise, acupuncture can help regulate the body’s metabolism. This is accomplished by targeting the pituitary gland to increase fat burning in the body. It also reduces inflammation and tension in the gut which slows down the digestion tract leading to a slower metabolism. Another key to weight loss is improving the digestion system. If we can absorb nutrients properly and eliminate constipation and bloating, we will also lose the feelings of sluggishness or lack of motivation.

Water retention can cause distention and cause a two-to-four-pound weight fluctuation throughout the day. Acupuncture can target the kidneys and endocrine system to reduce water retention in the body. It also can play a key role in balancing hormones like excess cortisol and estrogen dominance. Both of which lead to weight gain. When people binge eat it is typically during a stressful time in their life. So, reducing the unnecessary stressors in one’s life is crucial for weight loss. Acupuncture releases hormones in the body like serotonin and endorphins to help eliminate stress and anxiety.

What is Auricular and How Do We Use It?

Auricular acupuncture (acupuncture on the ear) is great at reducing cravings for certain foods, so it is easier to stick to a diet for weight loss. This is similar to the auricular acupuncture for smoking cessation that has become so popular. Auricular acupuncture works by stimulating points on the ear which, in-turn, stimulates nerves that are directly connected to the brain to cause changes throughout the body.  Common ailments that auricular acupuncture can treat include anxiety, depression, weight loss, insomnia, headaches, addiction, and so much more.

At Holistic Integration, we have an all-encompassing weight loss program that includes health coaching, a personalized exercise program, an infrared sauna, acupuncture, auricular, as well as other treatments.

Jordan Van Tress MSOM, LAc

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