Acupuncture for Weight Loss

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I am frequently asked if acupuncture can help with weight loss. The simple answer is this: acupuncture can help to support your chosen weight-loss regimen, which must include a healthy diet and moderate exercise to be successful.*

For example, acupuncture can help to boost your metabolism by improving digestive function, give you more energy for your workouts, and help you handle cravings.

If you lead a sedentary lifestyle and eat junk food, acupuncture may be able to help with some of your health problems (such as back pain or insomnia); however, it is unlikely that you will drop any weight.

Your diet and exercise programs do not need to be extreme. In fact, intense exercise and crash dieting are seen as very unhealthy in Chinese medicine. Here is a great article from the New York Times about how to change your perspective about food and dieting.

You should commit to at least 10 weekly acupuncture sessions to really see results. Your acupuncturist may also suggest herbal supplements and recommend some diet changes based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (this is not the same as seeing a dietician/nutritionist).

* Be sure to check with your physician before modifying your diet or starting an exercise program

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