I have lost count of the number of patients who have called inquiring about weight loss. In my opinion, most have been mislead into thinking acupuncture is a magic solution. It is not. Truly, proper diet, and not dieting, is the key. The second key is exercise. However, I have had success with two different types of patients.

First…

Women whose metabolisms have slowed down after childbirth and who exercise and eat in a healthy way but are frustrated because they are perhaps 10 or 20 pounds overweight. I have found that acupuncture can stimulate their metabolisms and that they will then start to lose fat. I suspect they have sub-clinically sluggish thyroids (thyroids that function in the low-normal range).

And also…

People who overeat out of nervousness or due to stress. I combine acupuncture points on the body, which help to minimize the effects of stress, with those on the ear that are useful in helping to control addictions. In the case of severe eating disorders, I believe acupuncture would work best in conjunction with psychological counseling, as it does in the case of chronic substance abuse.

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