Solange was having problems with being overweight. She had tried every diet and exercise program possible, but nothing worked. One day, willing to try anything to lose those extra pounds, she went to the office of a licensed acupuncturist.
The acupuncturist inserted tiny needles into various points on her body, such as her ears, stomach, and legs. Solange felt no pain, only a slight tingling. After a few sessions, she had less hunger, fewer cravings for junk food, and more energy.
She continued with her acupuncture treatments, delighted to see the numbers on the scale drop. While acupuncture is not a magic cure for weight loss, it improves digestion, reduces stress, and increases metabolism. However, it should be noted that acupuncture is not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Acupuncture is a form of holistic health that uses needles to treat patients. Needles inserted into vital points stimulate the body to release endorphins, helping control appetite. Before using acupuncture needles, the practitioner will inquire about the patient’s health and examine the root cause of their weight problem.
Once the reason is known, the needles are inserted in different body parts, including the ears and stomach, and will remain in place for 30 to 45 minutes. They are then removed and replaced with adhesive pads to ensure they are in the same place as the needles. These tacks apply light pressure whenever the patient feels hungry and resists the temptation to eat.
The number of treatments for an overweight person varies depending on the pounds or kilos they want to lose, the speed at which they wish to lose them, and their commitment to following a plan.
There are many myths regarding acupuncture. 1 – Acupuncture is painful. This is false because patients claim they only felt a slight prick, while others felt nothing. No tissue is damaged when the needle is inserted into the skin or extracted, and only in rare cases do bruises appear.
2 – Acupuncture causes hepatitis or AIDS. It is only valid if the needles are not sterilized. In the U.S., this never happens because acupuncturists are obliged to use disposable needles.