Weight loss is as difficult as easy as it sounds. While the internet is flooded with all the tricks, tips, diets and workouts but still weight loss is not easy for many. Acupuncture may be the answer for you all as it is a recent weight loss trend that has taken over the markets. Acupuncture is a technique that has gained popularity recently due to people telling how it has helped them lose weight and improve their lifestyle. But we are sure many of you don’t know how acupuncture actually works for weight loss. But before that what you need to know is what is acupuncture and if it is for you or not. Here is an answer to all your questions.
What is acupuncture?
A traditional Chinese medicine practice, acupuncture may not be what you thought it is as it is more about energy and less about needles. According to Chinese medicine, when a person is healthy then the ‘qi’ (life energy) flows freely through meridians (a network of channels) through the body. But when these channels are blocked, the result is pain and sickness. Acupuncture is an insertion of very fine needles into the specific meridians which are blocked, this insertion clears blockages and promotes a healthy flow of energy throughout the body. Modern practitioners see acupuncture as a way to calm or stimulate certain muscles, nerves and connective tissues with very fine needles, magnets and electricity.
What can it treat?
Acupuncture can treat and even cure everything from arthritis, chronic pain, migraine, depression, insomnia, infertility digestion to anxiety.
How can it help one lose weight?
People who practice acupuncture say, ‘Acupuncture isn’t magic’. Acupuncture doesn’t make the fat melt off but research shows that acupuncture can affect a part of the brain that makes you feel hunger. Not only does it reduce hunger but also activates your feel-good neurotransmitters which can reduce stress and which in turn can help you lose weight, if you know anxiety is a major reason behind people’s weight gain. The process of acupuncture differs from person to person but mainly the points related to hunger are near to the ears.
People who think one session of acupuncture is enough to see the results will be disappointed to know that it’s not true. Like you don’t see the results in a day after you go to the gym or start dieting, same goes for acupuncture. And in order to see the results, one needs to have a correct mindset and have some control on their eating habits.
It’s not necessary that acupuncture will directly help you in losing weight. Acupuncture may improve your quality of life that might lead you to make better lifestyle choices. Exercise and healthy diet will ultimately help you to lose weight. There is yet no data which correlates acupuncture treatment alone with weight loss. Expert’s advise that one should receive acupuncture in order to alleviate other ailments that might be blocking their path to lose weight.
The first concern of a middles class man regarding any treatment would be to know if it’s affordable. Though the cost differs from every therapist to therapist but on an average, it is INR 1500 per session. In India, there are not many therapists yet but due to the popularity that acupuncture is gaining, the number of acupuncturists is also increasing.