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If you struggle with your weight, you’re not alone.  In fact, more than 30% of all U.S. adults meet the criteria for being obese.  Unfortunately obesity is not just a cosmetic issue.  Being overweight is a risk factor for many conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.  The good news is that maintaining a health weight can reduce your risk and it’s never too late to get started.  People seeking to address their weight concerns are turning to acupuncture as a natural and effective way to approach weight loss.

A Traditional approach to healing

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) take a whole body approach to health.  This ancient form of healthcare works to restore the balance and flow of the body’s Qi or vital energy.  According to TCM, the reasons why people gain weight, or find it difficult to lose weight, are numerous.  It is important to determine the root cause or imbalances that have affected weight gain.

There are other factors to consider that may have lead to weight gain, including your lifestyle, dietary choices, emotion and mental well-being.  The patient and the doctor needs to work together to find the root cause of their health concerns, rather than just treating the symptoms. 

A Variety of Reasons:
Acupuncture works to control weight on various levels.

Release Endorphins – With diet changes, many people experience cravings, which can lead to binge eating. Cravings in the body are often due to lack of endorphins. Acupuncture can help to balance out the cravings by helping the body to release endorphins.

Reduce Stress – An increase in the “stress hormone” cortisol can alter the metabolism. Through the release of endorphins, the “stress hormone” can also be neutralized.

Support Digestion – Acupuncture can support the body to generate an efficient digestive process.


What will my Acupuncture Physician do?

During your first visit, Dr. Nguyen will take an extensive health history and perform various exams.  At the completion of your first visit, the doctor will provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and an explanation of your treatment plan.  Your treatments will focus on correcting any underlying imbalances in your body, and will also help to support you in reaching you weight loss goals.

Based on your unique symptoms, Dr. Nguyen will choose to concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs.  For example, restoring balance to the flow of Qi in the Stomach can help promote good digestion and suppress an overactive appetite.  Emotional issues, such as anxiety and stress, both of which can lead to overeating, can be addressed by balancing the Liver. 

A partnership for better health

It is important to remember that acupuncture is not a “quick fix”.  By working with your acupuncturist, and committing to long-term goals, you will experience positive changes in your overall health, including maintaining a healthy body weight.  In addition to acupuncture treatments, your practitioner may also recommend other lifestyle changes.  Whether you want to lose a few pounds or a significant amount, people are turning to acupuncture as a natural and effective way to approach weight loss.  By working together with your practitioner, you can help your body regain its natural balance and start taking steps toward true health and vitality.


Other ways to support your path toward a happier, leaner you!

  • Exercise is an important component of any weight loss program.  Adding aerobic exercise, weight training, pilates, yoga, qigong or other types of exercise to your daily routine, will have a positive effect on your weight and general health.

  • Diet is another important issue to consider.  In general, a healthy diet is made up of unprocessed, organic foods, including a wide variety of whole grains, and vegetables. Dr. Nguyen may offer nutritional counseling designed for your specific needs.

  • Stress relief may also be a part of your treatment.  By learning to lower stress and anxiety through techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation, or gentle exercise, you may lose weight more easily, and possibly stop destructive habits such as overeating.

  • Herbal remedies are usually recommended with acupuncture to help continue to balance the body and to help in reaching your goals of losing weight as well as in achieving other health benefits. 



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