In my practice I often have patients come in to lose weight. Traditional Chinese medicine theory attributes excessive weight gain is caused by an imbalance in the body due to a deficiency in the Stomach/Spleen and liver organ systems. As an acupuncturist I would stimulate points to facilitate hormonal rebalance and target the kidneys and endocrine systems to treat water retention. When weight gain is due to menopause or PMS there are meridians used to help the adrenals and reproductive system, which will bring balance to the body and help with weight loss.
I also use Chinese nutritional theory, which would uses food as medicine. There are certain foods, which can speed up the metabolism and do specific things such as dry damp or move stagnation. An example would be radish, which is used to clear damp. Damp is a major culprit in weight gain.
Acupuncture relieves stress and promotes energy that alone can precipitate weight loss. I have patients who find weight loss to be a by-product of their treatment and they have not even tried to lose weight.
Acupuncture along with a food plan and exercise is a safe and reliable way to lose weight.
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