Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Obesity is a common health issue in our society. Obesity causes low self esteem and a lot of health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and eating disorders.

Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to manage weight and in modern China a lot of studies and researches done to approve it is an effective method to control excess weight and keep healthy metabolism.

This ancient therapy for weight management was introduced to Australia less than 20 years and unfortunately there aren’t many quality studies about acupuncture and weight loss in Australia . However, some find they start to loose weight when they use acupuncture for other health issues for a period of time such as chronic low back pain, poor digestion, fatigue ect.


Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medical practice of stimulating specific points ( acupuncture points) along certain channels ( Meridians) on the body. Acupuncture is based on the meridians theory. Meridians are the pathway where the internal organs energy (Qi)  travels. Each meridian collects with a certain organ. Acupuncture works by stimulating energy (Qi) primarily with the insertion of very thin needles through the skin on certain acupuncture points on meridians in order to balance the inner organs and restore health.

In Australia, Acupuncture is known as an effective drug free method of pain control. It has been the focus of many studies on its ability to manage pain — especially for headache and neck, back, knee, and osteoarthritis pain. There have not, however, been as many studies on how acupuncture can help with other health issues such as weight loss.

Acupuncture for weight loss

Advocates of acupuncture for weight loss believe that acupuncture can stimulate the body’s energy flow (Qi) to impact factors that can reverse obesity such as:

  • increasing metabolism
  • reducing appetite and sweet cravings
  • lowering stress and help building healthy eating habits
  • affecting the part of the brain that feels hunger.
  • Boost energy and immune
  • Restore healthy gut function and relief brain foggy conditions
  • Improve sleeping quality
  • Assist positive thinking and productive healthy lifestyle
  • Regulate blood pressure, blood sugar and keep healthy cholesterol level

Weight gain, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is caused by body imbalance. That imbalance, according to ancient teachings, can be caused by a malfunctioning of

  • liver
  • spleen
  • kidney
  • thyroid gland
  • endocrine system

How many sessions will I need?

Although different acupuncture practitioners recommend different levels and lengths of treatment,generally speaking, having 2  treatments a week for 4 weeks is usually good enough for you to notice a difference and build up your confidence for future weight loss treatment. In order to achieve your ideal weight, you need to continue the treatment for weeks or even months by weekly or fortnightly acupuncture treatment.

The number of visits each week might taper off as the program progresses. The number of visits recommended will also vary from one acupuncture practitioner to another.

Positive attitude

Losing weight is not an easy task. Your attitude is the key to success. Most people choose acupuncture as the last straw for them to achieve their healthy and happy weight goal when all other methods have failed. Your positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle such as a reasonable diet and regular exercise is important. In most cases, before people achieve their ideal weight , after a couple of acupuncture sessions, they already feel lighter, happier and more positive towards themselves and others.

The takeaway

Acupuncture is popular in China for weight management, but the research in Australia is limited, and the evidence is mixed. If you are seeking an safe, effective, alternative way to manage your weight, acupuncture is a wise choice.

Today, in Australia the evidence isn’t robust enough to prove that acupuncture can lead to weight loss, but if you’re considering trying it:

  • Discuss the pros and cons with your doctor.
  • Combine the treatment with better food and exercise decisions.
  • Choose a trained and licensed practitioner.

With over 20 years of service, 777 Healthcare Acupuncture Clinic has successfully treated thousands of patients with Weight loss management.

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