Regulating the organ systems with acupuncture has been shown to reduce appetite, increase energy levels and metabolism, combat stress and anxiety, reduce cortisol levels, and provide more restful and regenerative sleep. Several of my own patients have commented that after completing a series of acupuncture treatments they no longer craved sweets, and were able to ‘effortlessly’ lose weight and maintain it. Interestingly, they were not primarily seeking help with weight management. It was just a ‘side effect’ of resolving their other health issues.
Whole Body Detox. It is important to remove chemicals and environmental toxins that accumulate in our bodies. Doing so also helps the organ systems function properly, making it easier to lose weight.Nutritional and Lifestyle Modifications. A healthy diet is necessary for long term weight management. Food choices that work well for one person may not be right for another. I believe we each have unique ‘metabolic types’ and can find true health through eating the right foods for our individual ‘type’. I recommend the book “The Metabolic Typing Diet” by Bill Wolcott. It provides scientific explanation, a test to discover your ‘type’, and a list of healthy food choices.
Exercise. Moving the body not only increases metabolism to burn more calories, but it also moves blood and energy through the body to keep the organ systems working optimally. An hour of physical activity each day is essential for overall health and well being.Adding acupuncture treatments to your weight loss program can help create the physical, emotional and mental balance necessary for lifelong success. Allow the treatments time to work. Depending on the severity of the imbalances, the best results can be seen in one to three months of treatment. When choosing a weight loss program, be sure to keep your overall health in mind. Losing 30 pounds in a month may sound great, but don’t allow it to happen at the expense of your overall health.
Kathy is a board certified and licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture Physician. She graduated with honors from Florida College of Integrative Medicine and practices acupuncture and holistic medicine at Central Florida Preventive Medicine in Lake Mary, Florida.Kathy has received extensive training in acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbology, nutrition therapy, cupping, moxibustion, acupoint injection therapy, cosmetic acupuncture, and other holistic modalities. She has received specialized training in addiction and detox therapy and is certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).