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Acupuncture and Weight Loss: A Combination that Works!

Aug 13, 2008
Acupuncture and weight loss is certainly one of the many controversial subjects in the diet world. Even though the failure rate is incredibly high, Americans spend 33 billion dollars a year on weight loss programs and products. Is it any wonder that people are looking for healthy alternatives to traditional dieting that present no side effects and no chance for addiction?

Acupuncture as a medical procedure began over 2,000 years ago. China is considered to be the leading authority on the subject, but Japan and Korea use it extensively as well. Acupuncture uses long, thin, stainless steel needles, which are inserted into over 2,000 pressure points in the body. By 2002, over 8.2 million Americans had utilized the procedure for a variety of health reasons.

Acupuncture is known to increase metabolism, reduce stress, increase energy, reduce muscular pain, and improve circulation. That solves the mystery as to why acupuncture and weight loss are combined!

Studies also show that acupuncture can decrease cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Chinese researchers even reported that test subjects who used acupuncture lost twice as much weight as patients that used diet alone.

One negative aspect of acupuncture and weight loss is ear stapling. This procedure was developed in the United States and is considered ineffective and possibly dangerous. Two pressure points in the ear are targeted with ear stapling. The staples are left in the ear and sometimes dislodge or become infected. A certified acupuncturist would be a necessity when trying something this risky.

Most acupuncture patients feel little or no discomfort. Some describe a warming sense or a calming effect, or even an energized feeling. The treated pressure points and the individuals involved would dictate the sensations.

Is acupuncture for you? If you're ready to give it a try, follow these easy rules. First, check with your family physician. Find a reputable, certified acupuncturist. Decrease the number of calories you consume while you increase the number of calories you burn. Add cardio, strength training, and stretching to your routine. Be patient when it comes to results, but stay positive and focused on your goal!
About the Author
Gail M. Davis offers more information about acupuncture and weight loss along with numerous other weight-related topics, on her website. Find easy weight loss tips , healthy recipes, and much more to help you reach your weight loss goals.
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