Losing Weight Effectively and Safely with Medical Acupuncture

One of the best ways to help you lose weight or maintain your ideal weight is with medical acupuncture. This type of acupuncture can make it easy to resolve atypical weight problems that can’t be addressed by exercise or a healthy diet alone.

Medical acupuncture offers a way of getting rid of unwanted weight in a manner conventional weight loss programs can’t do. This type of treatment assists you in increasing your desire to lose weight and boosts body metabolism by stimulating the brain and central nervous system with needles in order to produce effects that will make it easy for you to lose weight.


Before the actual medical acupuncture procedure begins, your acupuncturist needs to first ask you a series of questions about your dietary habits and perform an examination of your tongue and pulse. This is to help the practitioner know the underlying cause of your weight gain which then helps him/her formulate a proper form of weight loss treatment.

Acupuncture Points (Acupoints)

If you love to eat desserts, candies, ice cream, and chocolates, then you have a sweet tooth and are addicted to sugar. The acupuncturist then will needle the corresponding points associated with the sugar addiction. If you have extra weight because of a slow metabolism, then your acupuncturist will target your thyroid by placing needles in acupoints located on the ear.

One other cause of weight gain is edema or water retention. Acupuncture can also help treat this kind of problem. Edema is healed by treating points that correspond to the endocrine system and kidneys. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can be used together to treat the atypical causes of weight gain.

Herbal Supplements

Chinese herbs are utilized by medical acupuncturists to enhance food digestion that in turn can help in losing weight. Medical acupuncture is much more effective if diet modification, regular exercise, and Chinese herbs are included in the treatment.

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Weight Loss – Coping and Support

Any substantial and sudden weight loss should be immediately known by your doctor.  For support, weight loss sufferers can go for psychological counseling if they are diagnosed with depression, bulimia or anorexia nervosa. If your loss of weight is caused by a chronic condition, you may need to be fed by tube feeding to arrest your weight loss as well as to prevent edema, muscle wasting, ineffective healing and maintain nutrition among others. Besides all these you may need to visit a dietitian who can provide you with important nutritional counseling.

Online support groups for unintentional weight loss can also be found online especially on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

People who have lost a good deal of weight because of cancer would need to eat selected high caloric foods that should not help accelerate the cancer.  Fruits rich in vitamins and mineral and lots of supplements are very important to help maintain the nutrition and health of the cancer patient.

For diabetics, food choices may be limited but nutrients should be derived from sources that do not increase blood sugar level.  One suggestion is to take in at least 2,500 calories each day. This can be broken down at 75 grams of carbohydrate and around 625 calories per meal; 30 grams of carbohydrate and around 300 calories per two snacks. A dietitian or doctor should be the main source of advice for following an ideal daily diet for a diabetic patient.


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Unintentional Weight Loss– Treatments and Drugs

Because there are many potential causes of unintentional weight loss, treatment is solely tailored to target the problem that causes this condition.  There are occasions where unexplained/unintentional weight loss may happen due to inappropriate or inadequate food intake. In these particular cases, the caloric intake needs to be monitored by a dietician and a four or six meal daily nutritional program per day may be advised. A broad supplementation plan may be required as well that can be accompanied by a progressive workout program.  The workout may require light to moderate weight training to prevent the further loss of muscle tissue and to restore those that have been lost.  Exercise should integrate both strength training and cardiovascular exercise. It is through strength training that a weak and thin person can enhance his lean body mass and bone mass density. By the mere engagement in these types of exercise, a person can almost automatically increase his appetite.

One conventional and often physician-prescribed pharmaceutical option for weight gain is appetite stimulants. They are used to help restore muscle health but can also lead to appetite overstimulation which can cause excessive fat gain.  After a thorough medical evaluation, more aggressive and radical treatment may be justified. Testosterone/anabolic steroids or growth hormone are often specified for muscle gaining. These are potentially hazardous options causing a lot of serious side effects and will only be given if the need to do so is imperative.

One other safe but invasive option to treating weight loss is through intravenous feeding.  This process is usually given to patients suffering from heavy chronic illnesses. Intravenous feeding helps prevent any further degeneration of muscle tissue and weight loss.

Weight loss due to reduced nutrient intake and anorexia is one of the effects of cancer.  Damages and abnormalities in the digestive system caused by tumor growth or from cancer therapies lead to problems in the nutrition of the patient. Cancer cachexia, which is a wasting syndrome, causes more than weight loss as it can lead to permanent damage of the tissues and organs in the body often leading to death.  Cancer cachexia is treated with pharmaceuticals to boost appetite and reverse or, if not, at least stop the degeneration of organs and tissues.  Pharmaceuticals given for cancer cachexia include mirtazapine, olanzapine, cyproheptadine, cannabinoids and glucocorticoids. Anti-inflammatory agents that help retard cancer cachexia include omega 3 fatty acids, melatonin, pentoxyphylline and thalidomide. Anabolic steroids are also introduced into cancer patients to help boost the levels of testosterone in their body.

Natural Therapies

For those sufferers of unexplained weight loss who want to take a safer, more natural path, the first step to address this problem is to consult with a naturopathic doctor.  This doctor will perform a thorough and complete checkup on the patient to ascertain nothing is imbalanced in his digestive and/or endocrine system. If both systems check out fine, the naturopath will recommend that he see an acupuncturist. Through the use of acupuncture, a person can get back his healthy appetite by rebalancing it to its optimum function. In order to help a person regain his healthy appetite, the acupuncturist will focus his treatment on the spleen and stomach meridians to help rebalance the patient’s energy or chi energy and help him get back his natural appetite.

Acupuncture is one of many alternative therapies that provide effective and totally safe strategies that focus on nutritional enhancement of the body and hormonal balance to boost appetite and regain weight.

Some therapies integrate the use of high-quality foods and proteins like seeds and nuts that are loaded with calories. One good high-quality protein food is spirulina – a food that has one of the highest protein levels of any food available. Spirulina has actually about 12X more protein than beef pound per pound.  It also is far richer in calcium content than milk.

One of the traditional sources of non-meat protein is soy.  With soy products or soy protein one is sure to acquire a lot of healthy fats into his diet.  One can also derive weight-gaining benefits from sources like extra virgin coconut oil, flax oil, seeds and nuts, seeds.  These are foods that any naturopathic doctor will highly recommend to his thin and emaciated patient wanting to regain weight. A patient who experiences some health improvements through acupuncture or other natural therapies, the inclusion of strength training and training exercise will help quicken the process of the patient’s weight gain.

The ideal way to help accelerate the regaining of one’s appetite is to perform regular exercise. This does not mean the person needs to start exercising right away especially if he’s too thin, the person may need to wait until his hormone systems and digestion are properly balanced.  Once this balance has been achieved it is important to include a regular exercise program in his life.

 Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Definition of Weight Loss

Weight loss can be termed as a diminution of a person’s body weight effected by either involuntary (disease or illness) or voluntary (exercise, diet) causes.  More often than not weight loss is due to the lessening or removal of adipose tissues (body fat) and the term fat loss is often understood as weight loss; however, weight loss can also be from loss of liver glycogen stores, fluid, glycogen stored or water stores, loss of protein and other non-fat materials in the body.

Weight loss stemming from fat removal or from lessening of fat is what most overweight people target and they try to achieve this through various ways.  These ways could be diet, exercise (aggressive and passive techniques), medications, physiotherapy, surgery (bariatric surgery, liposuction), yoga, acupuncture, spa and other types of approaches.

Some clear examples of involuntary weight loss can involve illnesses, conditions and habits like chronic inflammation, diarrhea, cancer, smoking, mouth braces, painful mouth sores, appetite loss, infection, hyperthyroidism, malnutrition or hunger, eating disorders, drug abuse and depression.

Voluntary weight loss, on the other hand, often involves the loss or lessening of body fat.  An overwhelming number of people utilizing voluntary weight loss techniques, programs or procedures are those in excess of their normal body weight.