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Posted on 12-30-2017
Are you finally ready to lose that weight in 2018? If you think that you have tried everything or that you just don’t have the willpower, think again.
A 2014 study from PubMed.gov reported the effects of auricular electrotherapy on weight loss. This study focused on obese female patients and concluded that ear acupuncture can be a safe, non-pharmacological treatment to address weight loss.
How does it work? While there is no evidence that ear acupuncture alters fat metabolism, studies have shown that it may help boost the will-power of patients and help them adhere to proper diet and reduced food consumption. In simple terms, treating just a few ear points can help break the “pathological reflex” and control that food exerts over an obese person. In addition to suppressing appetite and reducing stress levels, auriculotherapy patients have reported reduced cravings for nicotine and alcohol and improvemment in IBS related symptoms.
The most vital point on the ear is called Shenmen (“Heavenly Gate” in TCM literature) which has been known for centuries to exert a tranquilizing effect on the mind. Today, studies have shown that stimulation of Shenmen alone elicits increases in circulating endorphins and other feel good chemicals.
The treatment itself involves the shallow insertion of single use disposable needles into specific points on the ear that relate to the mouth and stomach. The Shenmen point is always used for its calming effect. After the needles are removed, tiny seeds (the size of a tiny BB) embedded in tape and are placed over the previously stimulated points. This enables the patient to sustain the effects at home. By pressing the tape (which elicits sensations commonly described as a misquito bite) the points are reinforced and energized.
If you seek a safe and drug free therapy to help remove those stubborn pounds, then auriculotherapy can help you to ‘retrain’ your brain to be satisfied with less caloric consumption. Call our office at 251-621-2224 if you have questions
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