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Acupuncture For Weight Loss


Most people are not aware of how effective acupuncture can be to improve energy levels and metabolism.  I have had patients who were eating well and exercising and still not losing weight.  After one month of acupuncture treatments, they lost 10 pounds.

Acupuncture improves digestion and metabolism.  Your metabolism is determined by your overall energy level and how the organs that produce energy in your body are functioning.  For example, your kidney energy and spleen energy are key to have good energy levels.

Your spleen energy is not the same as in Western medicine.  In Chinese medicine, your spleen/stomach digest food and produce energy.  If you are not digesting your food very well, you will not have good energy levels.  That is one of the most important principles in Chinese medicine.  We always treat digestion and energy levels in every patient.

Just about every patient I have ever treated feels so much better after getting acupuncture just one month.  Most people come in for two treatments per week for at least a month.  They have more energy and feel better than they have in years.  Over time, your energy levels gradually decline and you might not even notice it.  After getting acupuncture and taking Chinese herbs, your body functions better and you are able to produce energy from your food.


  • Improves energy levels
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves metabolism
  • Gets rid of excess fluid in your body (edema)

Some acupuncturists use auricular, or ear acupuncture, to aid in weight loss.  There are points on the ear that can address hunger levels.  However, most Americans do not eat because they are hungry.  The ear points definitely help reduce hunger, but acupuncture points will stop working after 24-48 hours.  Your body will not allow you to continually stimulate a point.  It just shuts down.

That is why acupuncture points on the body that boost metabolism and overall body function are so important.  It is also important to take Chinese herbs such as ginseng or cordyceps to boost energy.  When you take Chinese herbs, you can take them 2-3 times per day.  They work on a very deep level to rejuvenate your body and improve energy levels.

Acupuncture can strengthen metabolism and improve energy levels, but if you have thyroid issues, they need to be treated.  From my experience, thyroid problems are an epidemic in this country and are under-treated.  There are a variety of blood tests that are available and the most common ones are not very sensitive.

Once the thyroid goes down so far, you might need to take some thyroid glandulars to help your body out.  There is also Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is a common cause of thyroid problems.  It is often caused by leaky gut, which can be caused by anti-biotics and NSAIDS.

Acupuncture will help you have more energy than you have at a long time, but most acupuncturists address the whole person and everything that might be causing a problem in your body.

There is also adrenal fatigue.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs done for about a month will make a huge difference in how you feel.  It is also important to address the adrenal glands.  Unrelenting stress can wear down your adrenal glands.  Taking a good multi vitamin and vitamin C daily will go a long way to protect you from getting adrenal fatigue.

This diagram explains leaky gut, which is a common cause of thyroid problems.  In my experience, reducing common food allergens such as grains and dairy can really help thyroid issues.  I have treated both hypothyroid and hyperthyroid by stopping grain consumption.