According to traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese acupuncture is useful in weight control because weight gain is thought to be the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus. Acupuncture restores balance to the flow of energy in the body. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining "homeostasis" or functional balance that allows the body to run like a finely tuned instrument. It is the body's dispatch center that regulates hormones and neurochemicals. The hypothalamus also helps to control body temperature, thirst and hunger.
Acupuncture is also said to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments affected ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism. When the level of leptin is high in your body, that's when you feel satisfied, with little desire to eat. When the level of ghrelin is high, that's when your body sends emergency signals to send food. This hormonal battle largely dictates how much, how often, and how smart you eat.
In addition, Acupuncture strengthens the function of the liver. The liver’s job is to keep the flow of your body’s Qi (life force) and blood (as well as your emotions) running smoothly. It produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and fat breakdown. Our modern, fast-paced lifestyle and chronic stress can negatively impact the liver’s ability to function properly and smoothly, which, in turn, can cause the spleen and the whole digestive system to function poorly and decrease your metabolism. Disharmony of the spleen will have symptoms such as fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, loose stool, and feeling of heaviness. Liver disharmony can also cause some of the “triggers” that lead to cravings and compulsive eating
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