Most research on acupuncture suggests that it can be an effective treatment for chronic pain. The available studies pertaining to weight loss are not nearly as conclusive. There is still reason to believe that it may be a valuable aid to weight loss when used in conjunction with diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes.

Here are some of the proposed ways in which acupuncture may help your weight loss program succeed.

Acupuncture may improve hormonal balance. A recent study concluded that insulin and leptin resistance were reduced in a group of prediabetics. 

Acupuncture promotes healthy digestion. Acupuncture activates the parasympathetic nervous system which balances the overstimulated “fight or flight” response associated with the sympathetic nervous system. Conversely, the parasympathetic system could be considered responsible for the “rest and digest” response.

Acupuncture relieves stress and cravings associated with stress and anxiety. Acupuncture releases endorphins which bring about a calming effect. Managing stress is a vital component of any weight loss program. At Back in Motion Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Daphne, we have noticed that the most common excuse patients relate for giving up on a weight loss program has to do with inability to manage stress.

The same points used to help relieve anxiety can also improve sleep quality and therefore increase energy and motivation levels. The good news is that these benefits can often be achieved without the use of needles by stimulating points on the ear. Known as auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture, this approach is convenient, inexpensive and often leads to surprisingly effective results.

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