Everyone is googling for acupuncture points for weight loss. We’ve all heard the news about the obesity epidemic. It is a serious and complex problem with no easy answers. But the news on the street is a bit different. Many people are motivated and committed to changing their lifestyles and taking control of their health. I know because they ask me about weight loss almost every day. People want to know what acupuncture can do to help them.
Strictly speaking, acupuncture does not cause weight loss. In fact, there is nothing out there that is at once safe, quick, and effective in the long run. What acupuncture can do is provide pivotal support to a long-term plan to change your diet, your mindset, and your life. Here are some ways that I see acupuncture helping my patients to lose weight:
- Stress Relief – Acupuncture has the power to induce deep states of relaxation. Since stress hormones are a key cause of weight gain, this is a big help.
- Improved Sleep – Sleep is necessary for proper blood sugar regulation, hormone balance, energy level, and to maintain good moods.
- Regulating Blood Sugar – Many patients report that their appetite – especially cravings for sugar – is more stable, and their energy is too. This is the basis of making lasting changes without using a lot of self-denial. It’s also important for your health in general.
- Better Digestion – Acupuncture can relieve constipation, and reduce bloating and gas. Good digestion means good absorption. When you’re not undernourished you’ll be less inclined to overeat.
- Mobility – If pain is preventing you from even walking a mile, it will be difficult to lose weight. Let’s deal with the pain – and the depression that comes with it – so you can make some positive changes and get a taste of feeling good.
Low-Carb or Low-Fat?
The important thing is to understand your body and what works for you. This should entail a process of education and experimentation. Here are a few tried and true ideas that apply to you regardless of your nutritional philosophy:
- Eat real food. That means lots of vegetables, for starters. Both low-carb people and low-fat people agree on this. So, learn to cook, identify, and enjoy eating vegetables.
- Practice “mindful eating.” Self-awareness is key to understanding what makes you tick. Willpower is not enough, so learn to identify your impulses in real-time – that means quickly! – and understand where they come from. We all want to feel good. The more mindful you are of what that really means and what leads to feeling good in the long run, the more you can make wise decisions.
- Eat until you’re satisfied, not until you’re full. Another way to say this is, only fill your stomach three quarters full. This may be the most difficult and the most important point. It’s the truth that all the diets and schemes want to avoid. It takes practice. What you eat, self-awareness, and acupuncture can all help make this a comfortable way to live.
- Cut out sugar. Whether you lean low-fat or low-carb you’re better off cutting out refined sugar almost completely, and reduce flour products. Healthy carbs might include whole grains, sweet potatoes and yams, and legumes. Again, experiment and find what works for you.
The main meridians are dotted with points that are all strategic areas. Contrary to what the layman usually thinks, these points are not under specific treatment. That is to say that there is not a point of sleep, a point of angina, dental pain or abdominal colic. The points can, as stated above, affect the flow of energy.
The most important points for the treatment of energy meridians in the hand are those located near the ends. It is easy to ascertain the location of a point: the location of the needle into the skin is normally painless: simply touch the tip of the needle when it is precisely in-point, when it is one or two millimeters away.
Traditionally, there are 360 points located on meridians that run throughout the body surface. However, other points have subsequently been identified and depending on the model used, you can find more than 2,000 points.
There are 12 main meridians. They begin (or end) at the tip of a finger (or toe). According to the course of a river, they are the correspondence on the body, they grow from their source (a fingertip) to the center of the body. They have numerous tributaries or secondary channels that feed on their energy flesh, muscles, internal organs and the whole body. The center lines of the body are covered by two specific meridians; one said earlier is “conception,” another is “Governor”.
The meridians are therefore the means by which the body receives this energy, which may contribute to nutrition, providing information (especially from the outside) but which are also gateways to certain diseases.
The six energies They are: Tae Yang (Tai Yang); Chao Yang (Shao Yang); Yang Ming; Tae Yin (Tai Yin); Chao Yin (Shao Yin); Tsiu Yin (Jue Yin).
The Bottom Line
I have found that the process is really different for everyone. Maybe the most important way that acupuncture helps weight loss is just through the therapeutic process. It involves a lot of talking and listening, and a lot of reflection. As I said at the top, weight loss is a complex topic. It touches every aspect of who we are and how we live. So don’t even try to find a acupuncture points for weight loss – there is no such thing and don’t believe what your friends or buddies tell you. Here is some information on how to loose weight:
Terry Wahls: Healing with Nutrition
Dr. Terry Wahls cured her MS by eating vegetables, berries, grassfed meat, organ meats, and seaweed. If you have any chronic health problem, nutrition needs to be at the top of your priorities. See her talk below for specific suggestions.
I like that she emphasizes increasing vegetables in the diet as a means of decreasing breads and processed foods. The contrasting images shown in the video make a clear case. Eating real food is so much better, just on an aesthetic level. If you think you’ll be depriving yourself of foods you love, forget it! Love foods that love you back, that treat you with respect, and that don’t take more than they give. Love foods that are beautiful. This way, when you eat, your mindset is based on self-awareness and self-respect, not deprivation.
When I looked up this video on Youtube, I came across a related video in which a paleontologist critiqued the so-called “paleo diet”, which is similar to what Dr. Wahls recommends. Without getting into that whole debate which is neither here nor there, she had one interesting comment that cuts through some dietary controversies. She said, the actual paleolithic diets (and there were many) all consisted of diverse foods. This is in sharp distinction to today’s monoculture-sourced food. For example, when we eat corn or wheat, we usually only have access to one genetic type. This is likely why allergies to “staple” foods are so common. It’s a case of wrong theory – right practice. Minimizing grains benefits many people with chronic illness.
Reducing breads and processed foods is a daunting idea to most people. It seems too extreme, even unnatural. It sounds a bit fanatical. If you feel that way, focus on increasing the quantities of fresh vegetables, as Dr. Wahls suggests, and aim to finish your meals feeling light and energetic. In other words, stop when you’re satisfied, not when you’re full. By prioritizing nutrient-dense vegetables, and avoiding overeating, your choices become pretty simple.