Acupuncture For Weight Loss : 8 Thing You Need To Know!

Nowadays people tend to find some unique technique or treatment to lose weight. Other than eating pills, or go to fitness they also used acupuncture for weight loss as an alternative treatment.

Having an overweight body especially for a woman will become a major problem for them. It will disturb their appearance thus they do not have high confidence when confronting to the public.

Being an overweight person also will expose too many high-risk diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, and obesity.


Have you ever wonder that as much as 10% of people suffer from a phobia called Trypanophobia, which is a fear of needles and injections.

Those who have fear of needles at least 20% will avoid medical treatment as a result. Either they realize it or not that this phobia will make a negative impact for themselves.

The most famous and notorious medical treatment that using needles as their main instrument are Acupuncture Treatment. This treatment is an ancient Chinese form of healing. It was done with piercing the skin with a thin needle to relieve pain.

Today acupuncture is also popular in Europe, the Americas, and Australia. Acupuncture is known as a Chinese medical technique and it has been practiced in China more than 4,500 years.

“Acupuncture is useful for stimulating the body to return to normal, given the amount of food intake, the energy consumed, then balanced to determine the patient’s normal weight”. –  According to Dr. Evan, Acupuncture Specialist in Diana Clinic and Home Health Center (April 2012).

How can this thin needle become the main factor for losing weight? It sounds a little silly but now let’s look how it works.



With acupuncture therapy, your weight drops by about 1 kg per week. If you include women who are obese, the results of acupuncture therapy will be more visible.

Usually, obese women can achieve up to 10 times the therapies to lose weight back to normal. But it’s different from women who have no body fat, acupuncture therapy is not so long, which only requires 5 times the therapy to see the change.

But the number of therapies required by a person depends on the condition of the person disease, nutrition, age, and daily routine.

During the therapy, acupuncture needles/disposable needle will be pierced almost to the entire body. Needle piercing then will be subject to least electricity flow. Electrical flows work to speed up the therapeutic process. A therapy is performed using almost 50 acupuncture needles.

But the doctor will also take action if patient’s weight still does not go down. This happens to some factors as examples they have an unhealthy diet. The doctor will pierce approximately 4 needles around the patient’s ear.

Does Acupuncture Work for Weight Loss?

Acupuncture therapy can also slim certain body parts. If you want to shrink the stomach, the doctor will poke about 20 needles in the abdomen.

Next, if you want a small thigh belly, the doctor will poke a needle around the fat accumulated in the thigh. So, advises from the doctor are necessary before done the treatment.

Acupuncture therapy actually does not need patients to abstain or prevent them from doing their daily activities. As well as having a healthy eating style and a healthy lifestyle such as exercise and others.

According to Dr. Evan’s ‘Actual acupuncture therapy does not need patients to abstain from nutrition or whatever, but if acupuncture treatment for weight loss, they should control nutrition and follow certain advice. But before they start their treatment, they should seek advice from their doctor or specialist.

Dr. Evan’s particular advice is the need to change the bad habit of always taking high-calorie snacks when doing any activity or occupation or someone who will take a lot of food when faced with stress. Thus, there must be a balance between healthy eating and lifestyle. Exercising can also produce better results.



1. How does it help?


Acupuncture helps to solve others factors of weight gain, also it is useful to reduce appetite and increase metabolism, which means it makes a better use of nutrients in
the food we eat.

Additionally, acupuncture reduces stress and anxiety, which is both a major cause of food intake.


2. Increases The Level Of Endorphins


Acupuncture therapy increases endorphins levels (opiate neurotransmitters).

The main role of endorphins is associated with the limbic system of the brain (the system
where the hypothalamus belong), which contains specific receptors for which they will

3. Definitive Goals For Acupuncture And Weight Loss

  • Speed up the metabolism to burn fat.
  • Reduce stress to prevent the person from eating.
  • Promote proper digestive function.
  • Correct any unusual retention.
  • End unnecessary hunger.

4. Weight Loss Acupuncture Treatment Concepts

  • Cleaning and reducing heat in the stomach and intestine.
  • Regulation of Qi in the Fu organs.
  • To promote water metabolism.
  • Balance and regulation of Qi and blood, Yin, and Yang.
  • The removal of defensive Qi stagnation.

5. Sensitive Points

  • The stomach: The relationship of this point is with an obese person, who always seek to eat even when full.
  • Endocrine point: The needles are placed at this point when obesity is caused by fluid retention in the body.
  • The spleen: This is a point that associated with hormonal imbalances such as sugar levels.
  • The thyroid: This point relates to a slow metabolism.

6. Ear Therapy

It is an approach of stimulating specific points on the ear with tiny needles were because of their size, it can be worn or used at home or at work. It suppresses the desire to eat.

Current research shows that using needles at specific points on the ear can help regulate insulin levels.

7. We Are What We Eat

The diet plan will be as follow:

  • Do not skip carbohydrates in your daily meal
  • Take a complete meal in lunch
  • Stop eating before you full
  • Reduce sugar intake
  • Have an enough sleep

8. Healthy Lifestyle

Add at least 20 minutes of daily routine exercise, it can help the body improve at many levels.


Acupuncture has been proved to be the most effective treatment for weight loss. But there still have a temporary side effect such as dizziness, nausea, and headache. There is no permanent side effect because of the treatment does not involve any chemical.

As we know each treatment may have side effects but whether acupuncture treatments also have side effects? It still in is debate topic today.

Video by: Tuja Wellness

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