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weight loss through acupuncture

Acupuncture incorporated with a healthy lifestyle can aid in losing a few extra pounds.

It’s that time of year again! Many of us include weight loss in our New Year’s resolutions and are motivated to create real change! While it is necessary to address an unhealthy lifestyle, incorporating acupuncture into your weight loss program will promote longer-lasting change and address the root cause of those unwanted pounds.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Five Elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal correlate with specific physiological functions of the human body. This theory is the foundation for all the bodily processes and illnesses we experience. For example, the earth element is associated with maintaining an optimal weight and is correlated with the spleen and stomach.  The spleen and stomach are responsible for digestion and the absorption of nutrients from food to make Qi, the life energy force of the entire body. When there is optimal balance in the body, the spleen and stomach work efficiently and harmoniously. When this relationship is stressed or weakened, it disrupts indigestion and related spleen and stomach processes. This can result in unwanted weight gain. One source that weakens the functioning of the spleen and stomach comes from our diets. A diet, including cold, dairy, deep-fried, raw, or lovely food, creates dysfunction. These foods weaken the spleen, causing it to be susceptible to invading pathogens. According to Chinese Medicine, certain pathogens target related organs in the body. The pathogen of dampness loves to invade the spleen such that these bad foods invite dampness to take over, resulting in weight gain. e

Poor food habits can destroy our bodies internal balance

One source that weakens the functioning of the spleen and stomach comes from our diets. A diet including cold, dairy, deep-fried, raw, or excessively sweet food, creates dysfunction. These foods weaken the spleen, causing it to be susceptible to invading pathogens. According to Chinese Medicine, certain pathogens target related organs in the body. The pathogen of dampness loves to invade the spleen such that these bad foods invite dampness to take over, resulting in weight gain.  During the winter months, eating foods that are cooked, not raw, and warm in temperature puts less stress and demand on the spleen and stomach—this aids in digestion and absorption, promoting a greater internal balance and offsetting a colder outside temperature. Traditional Chinese Medicine incorporates the environment, such as the climate, in its remedies and treatment plans and focuses on the healing nature of foods. 

Other common culprits of weight gain are emotionally based. Over thinking, pensiveness, and worry particularly affect the spleen and stomach. Displaying these emotions overtaxes the spleen, causing it to work less efficiently. If you are a student and required to excessively process information or a person who worries in excess, the spleen will feel this effect. This disruption or imbalance created from emotion leaves the spleen and stomach susceptible to dysfunction and creates opportunity for disease. 

This includes abdominal distension, Qi stagnation (life energy blocked or stuck), and possibly unwanted weight gain. The resulting inefficiency affects the spleen and other organs that have a relationship with the spleen. If the spleen isn’t able to do its job, it affects other associated organs dependent on it to run smoothly. This codependency can be said for other organs as well. For example, stress has a big impact on the spleen and stomach. The liver is greatly affected by stress and will affect other organs in turn. When the liver is overactive or agitated, the target organ is the spleen. Therefore, the function of the liver is essential to the health of the spleen. 

The Element of Water can cause the kidney to be ineffective in eliminating water from the body, causing water retention. All the Five Elements have organ interrelationships. Giving us the bigger picture.  It is a great tool in diagnosing and treating a patient treatment plan for patients seeking weight loss.

Treatment will vary from patient to patient, but the overall benefit of aiding the spleen to release pathogens is the objective.

Acupuncture treatment will vary from patient to patient but includes the points on the affected organ’s meridian – specific location of mapping on the body. Specific points can boost the spleen and stomach function and help eliminate pathogens like dampness, encouraging the elimination of water retention. There are also specific points to calm the liver and relax the mind from overthinking.  We can also treat weight loss by needling points on the ear, called Auricular Therapy. Like the specific acupuncture points on the body, there is a specific mapping or marking of points on the ear to address the imbalances that lead to weight gain. There are specific points for various conditions and symptoms like excessive hunger. It is common to use a combination of acupuncture points for weight loss solely located on the ear.  The goal of acupuncture is to restore optimal balance within the body. Other modalities like Qi Gong can also assist in achieving optimal health. Qi Gong (Chee-Gong) is a form of exercise rooted in China and used to treat and prevent many ailments and diseases. This specific type of exercise is excellent to balance all the organs, whi8le it specifically addresses Qi stagnation or energy that is blocked or stuck.

Worry or pensiveness knots the Qi and can cause Qi stagnation in the spleen and stomach. Qi Gong is excellent for restoring Qi’s flow and rebalancing your body from the effects of emotional strain. Consider incorporating Qi Gong into your daily routine for weight management and stress reduction. My favorite Qi Gong YouTube video is the Eight Brocades Qi Gong Practice by Mimi Kuo-Deemer. She is an amazing instructor, and It’s only about fifteen minutes long!  It is never too late to create positive change in your life. Now is the time to incorporate healthy lifestyle practices for weight management into your daily routine. The effects can be immediate and last a lifetime! Give yourself the gift of greater health and empower yourself to make a positive lifestyle change in 2021!

   

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