Perhaps surprisingly, acupuncture can be very effective at aiding weight loss.  In class Friday, my Acupuncture and Meridians teacher was telling us different stories of Chinese females who’d go to the TCM Beauty clinic and want to lose weight.  One, for example, was about 160cm, weighed 60kilograms, but wanted to only weigh 50kgs.  And the acupuncturist helped her to quickly and effectively reach that goal.  Another story was a man who initially weighed 100kgs, but after about 7-10days of daily acupuncture was down to 85kgs.  Apparently, acupuncture works more quickly and effectively the more weight you have to lose.  And while I was told, ‘you’re not really fat enough to qualify for acupuncture weight loss,’ it still worked for me (albeit at a much slower rate than those 2 cases).

From an earlier post of a translation I did for the TCM doctor, here’s the theory about why acupuncutre works for weight loss:

By activating the meridians, acupuncture can help reduce water retention and phlegm congestion.  Modern medical study proves that acupuncture at specific points can stimulate the nervous and endocrine systems, regulate metabolic function, strengthen internal organs, and stabilize the autonomic nervous system, all for the purpose of weight loss.

For many people, the greatest appeal of acupuncture lies in its ability to help sculpt the preferred shape of the body.  It works because acupuncture penetrates through the fat layer to directly stimulate the fat cells, thus activating fat loss by quickly sweeping fat out of the body.

ST & SP meridians on legWhen I received acupuncture, most of the points the doctor put the needles in were around my stomach, locally, and along the Stomach or Spleen meridian, such as in the feet and legs.  The acupuncture and meridian teacher on Friday, confirmed that SP6, ST36, and ST40 (see image to the right), are especially good for weight loss because they regulate water, balance the stomach, and increase blood flow. She also mentioned using moxibustion on the last 2 to enhance weight loss.

For my acupuncture treatments, since I was particularly interested in the sculpting function for the area around my butt and hips (using stereotypes: I’m a white girl with the ass of a black girl), she also put lots of needles in around my butt, hips, thighs, and hamstrings. And as I mentioned in the first post in the Weight Loss series, I did lose inches around my butt, hips, and thighs, noticeably so such that others commented on it, and I could feel how loose my clothes were.  I had to get pants taken in and throw out others that had no hope of ever fitting again!

Acupuncture for weight loss, try it, it works!

See photos of acupuncture for weight loss taken in Chinese hospitals.

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