How does acupuncture help control weight?

The reality is that while in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is often used as a weight-loss treatment, a comprehensive evaluation of scientific evidence on the topic concluded that there is insufficient data to suggest that acupuncture is an effective weight-loss treatment and is not recommended.

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Dr. Daniel Hsu, DAOM
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Acupuncture, as an adjunct therapy has greatly helped my patients to control their weight. This is how it is believed to work: Acupuncture affects the hypothalamus, which is a part of the brain that’s responsible for maintaining “homeostasis” or balance in the body. So it controls body temperature, fatigue, sleep cycles, emotions, blood pressure, pain, and thirst and of course, hunger. So, the theory is, if you can stimulate that part of the brain (the hypothalamus), then you can, among other things, regulate hunger and food intake. Since most weight gain is a result of over eating, then acupuncture can be a powerful tool to control weight.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The guiding principal in using acupuncture for weight loss is that acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones, and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients, and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.
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