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Can Acupuncture Help to Stop Overeating?

Posted by Alternative Medicine on May 27, 2011 in Other with No Comments

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment technique that involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into particular points on the body. It has been used to provide individuals with relief from a number of ailments such as pain, stress and others. One area in which may also prove helpful is in helping individuals to stop overeating. Obesity has been on an upward trend in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC reports that “in 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.” When such a large portion of the population is struggling with obesity, finding ways to combat it is important.

Those who are struggling with obesity or other weight issues should first see their doctor to discuss their condition or problem. A recommended diet and exercise regimen may be provided, as these are some of the best ways to lose weight. There are plenty of diet scams and programs out there promising unrealistic results, so it is often best to thoroughly check into any program or pills by speaking with your doctor first. Also be sure to ask about how acupuncture may help with overeating. A treatment that has been in existence for thousands of years is hardly a fad, and it’s worth looking into for those who have a problem with overeating.

When used to help patients stop overeating, acupuncture may target the endocrine system to help metabolism. This system includes glands and organs aiding in the digestion of food, and through acupuncture, patients may see improved digestion. What’s more, acupuncture may be a great way to relieve stress. Some patients even go the extra mile and adopt a yoga routine as well. Simply exercising may be a good way to reduce stress, too.
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For some, stress may lead to overeating, and finding ways of managing stress or relieving it may be helpful. Those who are more relaxed may be less inclined to turn to ‘comfort foods’ after a stressful day at work or at home. Acupuncture involves restoring a balance to the body by targeting certain points. The idea is that by releasing positive energy, negative energy may be pushed out in the process. Poor diet, lack of exercise and stress may block energy according to practitioners of acupuncture, which may manifest in a number of ways. By releasing this blocked energy, the belief is that it will help patients relieve stress and overcome what is ailing them.

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