Obesity is a condition of abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that leads to a risk to health. As per WHO, a person with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more is considered obese, whereas a person with BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight.
Obesity and weight gain are the most prevailing health conditions around the globe. Excessive weight gain is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions, and few cancers.
According to a report published by the WHO, the worldwide obesity has nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016. But, obesity is preventable. With appropriate medical treatment and diet plan, one can get rid of these two alarming health conditions, and acupuncture is one of the best-known treatments. Reason? Acupuncture cures obesity without putting a person under the knife.
When it comes to losing weight, it is easier said than done. As per the researchers, acupuncture can actually aid in weight loss. It can affect appetite, intestinal motility, and metabolism, along with the psychological factors such as stress.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. Being originated in China, acupuncture has now marked its presence around the globe. The process of using needles to aid in the treatment of several health conditions, acupuncture focuses not only on an individual’s problem areas but also balances the functioning of the whole body. It gives an opportunity to experience good health and an individual can feel better despite their external appearances.
Acupuncture offer insights and practices that just aren’t found in workout videos and diet pills. The craving for food majorly depends on the imbalances in our internal system, and the therapy of acupuncture helps in normalizing the craving, and aid weight loss when complemented with proper diet and exercise. This is a powerful and profound therapy that generates a real experience of feeling comfortable with your body while motivating to play an active role in maintaining your own well-being.
“People who practice medicine must first thoroughly understand the source of the disorder and know what has been violated. Then, use food to treat it, and if food will not cure it, afterwards apply drugs.” ~ Sun Simiao, Essential Prescriptions for Every Emergency Worth a Thousand in Gold (Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang, 備急千金要方 – see Wilms, 2010)
What is a Healthy Diet? From the perspective of Chinese dietary therapy there is no simple answer to this question; rather the answer lies in two counter questions: ‘A healthy diet for who?’ and ‘A healthy diet when?’.
A Healthy Diet for ‘Who’?
The ‘Who’ of this step simply involves matching the person’s patterns with foods that are recommended and foods that should be avoided. The most crucial factor is to determine the willingness of the patient to follow dietary recommendations. The second is to determine from where these dietary recommendations are sourced.
“Changing a diet can be a profound thing, and it is, at the same time, one of the easiest and the hardest things to change. In theory, it is easy to drastically alter one’s health by simply eating differently. All you have to do is put something different in the mouth and diet change is done. However, diet change is one of the hardest to accomplish as because people have emotional patterns of eating. Thus, while the diet itself is easy to change, the person’s Heart is not.” (in Foreword to Wilms, 2014)
A Healthy Diet ‘When’? Applying temporal considerations to dietary advice can be as simple as recommending seasonally grown local foods and as sophisticated as consulting the traditional Chinese calendars. Temporal considerations can be divided into three broad categories:
1. Effects of multiple needling with shallow insertion for simple obesity: a clinical observation on lipid metabolism and on the chest, waist and hip circumferences
In this study the author treated 20 cases of simple obesity with acupuncture, involving 40 needles being inserted shallowly into points on the torso along the hand and foot Taiyin, Yangming and foot Shaoyin channels and the Conception vessel; these points were combined with other points on the extremities such as Tianfu LU‑3, Xiabai LU‑4, Jianyu L.I.‑15, Quchi L.I.‑11, Hegu L.I.‑4, Zusanli ST‑36, Shangjuxu ST‑37, Futu ST‑32, Xuehai SP‑10, Yinlingquan SP‑9, Sanyinjiao SP‑6, Fenglong ST‑40, Taichong LIV‑3 and Neiting ST‑44. Twenty‑eight gauge needles were inserted without deqi and retained for 30 minutes. The patients were also given advice on the dangers of obesity and on what and how to eat. After 20 daily acupuncture treatments the body weight, waistline, serum total cholesterol, fasting triglyceride and low‑density lipoprotein levels were significantly improved (p<0.05). The author explains his treatment strategy in terms of invigorating the Spleen and Stomach, resolving phlegm, relieving Liver depression, regulating the Lungs and replenishing Kidney essence, citing evidence that acupuncture at Tianshu ST‑25 and Zhongwan REN‑12 can adjust lipid metabolism. (JTCM September 2009)
2. Acupuncture treatment of obesity with magnetic needles - a report of 100 cases
The authors report here on the treatment of obesity using a new method of needling with magnetic needles. The patients' history of obesity ranged from 1-10 years and all of them had relapsed in spite of losing weight using Western medicine and dietary control. Acupuncture is known to inhibit peristalsis and the secretion of gastric fluid and appetite, as well as increase the metabolic rate and reduce flabbiness. It is therefore useful as permanent means of losing weight.Read more
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