Acupuncture May Aid Weight Loss

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According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2009-2010) two out of  every three American adults are overweight or obese. So it’s no surprise that many people  include losing weight on their New Year’s resolution list. As Americans gear up to watch what  they eat and hit the gym, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental  Medicine (NCCAOM), may have a secret to aid in weight loss—acupuncture. 

A 2012 randomized controlled clinical trial conducted by researchers in Iran and China, looked  at 196 participants. This study found that acupuncture in combination with other healthy lifestyle  choices, such as food choice; portion control and regular exercise, was effective in enhancing  weight loss and improving dyslipidemia. 

“Acupuncture by itself isn’t the silver bullet to weight loss, but combined with exercise and a  healthy diet, acupuncture can curb cravings and help patients keep the weight off,” said Afua  Bromley, MSOM, Dipl Ac, LAc, Acupuncture St. Louis/Wellness. 

“For example, one overweight patient using acupuncture for weight loss, lost 10 pounds in two  weeks,” continued Bromley. “When she started to gain the weight back, I asked if she had  changed any habits. She admitted to eating pizza every night at 10 p.m. Acupuncture alone  won’t help you lose weight, but when combined with diet and exercise, it can help you to reach  your weight loss goals.” 

In existence for more than 3,000 years, acupuncture and Oriental medicine’s holistic approach  can be leveraged not only to help patients lose weight, but also to fight addiction, treat pain, and  maintain overall health and well-being. 

“While acupuncture may help with weight loss, today’s nationally board-certified NCCAOM  acupuncturists can address many health concerns including reducing pain, digestive issues,  headaches as well as improving immune system function and overall health,” says Kory Ward Cook, PhD, MT(ASCP), CAE, CEO of NCCAOM.