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Acupuncture and Its Effect on Weight Loss

By: Andrea Gurciullo, L. Ac., MTOM


It is time to drop the fudge and get rid of the PUDGE!

Did you know that Acupuncture and Herbal medicine can assist you in your weight loss goals?

Acupuncture works byperson measuring their waist size

  • Increasing metabolism
  • Reducing appetite
  • Lowering stress
  • Affectecting the part of the brain that reduces hunger
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves bowel function
  • Decreases water weight


The rationale for using acupuncture for weight loss is based on the premise that weight gain is the result of disturbed energy flow to the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalmus.  Researchers have found that acupuncture treatments have increased gherlin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat and metabolism.  

Acupuncture for weight loss is best achieved over a full course of treatment- Approximately 10-12 treatments delivered over a few weeks. We often add herbal medicine but there are a lot of variables when adding herbs into the mix so that is best to discuss with your Acupuncturist.   You should also follow a weight loss plan that involves calorie reduction and exercise

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