Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Obesity not only affects our image but more importantly it affects our health.   Some people try to achieve fast weight loss through pills, extreme diet, or over-exercising.  All of which contribute to unexpected health issues.

Risks of losing weight fast

Losing a significant amount of weight fast will challenge our internal health system, as it struggles to cope with the rapid changes to our body.  Commonly used rapid weight loss methods:

Weight loss pills

Not all weight loss pills on the market are tested or cleared by FDA. Some weight loss pills are known to contain ingredients that may cause side effects.  Therefore, safety could be an issue when using these products.

Extreme diet

An extreme diet may have a negative impact on you.  Nutrient deficiencies,  altered mood, headaches, constipation, gallstones, and menstrual problems are all issues that negatively impact your health.


Over Exercising

In theory, exercise aids weight loss. However, overdoing it can throw the body out of balance and slow the progress of weight loss. Over-exercise negatively affects physical functions of the body, such as influencing hormone secretion, suppressing the immune system, causing irregular menstruation, and other symptoms.

That is why people who lose a lot of weight in a short time often experience cardiac arrhythmia,  high blood pressure, agitation, sleeplessness, fatigue , irregular menstruation, or other symptoms.

Acupuncture, a Safe and Natural Way for Weight Loss

Clinical observation and experimental research found that acupuncture can help weight loss in the following ways:

1. Regulates the nervous system

Acupuncture regulates the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis and the sympathetic-adrenal-medullary, changes eating behavior, and reduces appetite.

2. Enhances the digestive function

Acupuncture can help improve digestive function and affect patients’ appetite to avoid excessive eating. In addition, acupuncture helps improve intestinal function, strengthen intestinal peristalsis, and enhance excretion, all of which contribute to weight loss.

3. Improves the body’s metabolism

The body’s metabolism usually includes glucose metabolism and fat metabolism. Obese people usually have either fat or glucose metabolic dysfunction.

Acupuncture treatment helps increase the activity of lactate dehydrogenase in the body, accelerate glucose metabolism, and regulate blood sugar to a normal level.

Acupuncture also helps increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin and accelerates fat decomposition.

4. Regulates hormone levels and functions of the endocrine system 

Obesity often occurs in stages of adolescence, postpartum, or menopause, especially for women. During these stages, the body’s hormone levels change very dramatically. Acupuncture treatment improves the balance of the hormones and regulates the function of the reproductive system.

Acupuncture is effective in addressing irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, and other symptoms that often accompany obesity.

In conclusion, unlike weight loss pills, extreme diet, and over-exercising,  acupuncture helps you achieve weight loss in a safe and healthy way. You get a health-lift as an excellent side effect.


If you are looking for a safe and healthy way for your weight control,  let acupuncture experts and Chinese medicine specialists at Yang Institute help you.

Yang Institute’s Acupuncture Clinic

With offices in Center City Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, PA and Marlton, NJ, Yang institute ofter acupuncture services for from chronic pain, stress and  anxiety to weight control and healthy aging.

Most of the highly dedicated and experienced specialists at Yang Institute have gone through formal medical school for Acupuncture and Oriental Chinese Medicine, and have averaged over 20 years of experience in practicing acupuncture and Chnisese Herbal Medicine.