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How is acupuncture helpful for weight reduction?

How is acupuncture helpful for weight reduction?

Not really.: There aren't good randomized control studies that show accupuncture causes weight loss. To achieve weight loss, you have to expend more calories than you take in. Weight loss takes work. There is no magic bullet to lose weight - not pills, not herbs, not accupuncture. If there was an easy way to do it, everyone would be thin. It's all about diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Does acupuncture help you with weight reduction?

Does acupuncture help you with weight reduction?

Maybe, maybe not: If a person snacks or eats more when he is stressed out, then acupuncture might decrease stress and eating. If he is at the acupuncture clinic, then he is not at the grocery store, the bar, or the restaurant, so he is getting fewer calories. However, if he is getting acupuncture instead of jogging, biking, or swimming, then he is burning fewer calories . . . And might not lose weight in that case. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture helpful in losing weight?

Is acupuncture helpful in losing weight?

Probably not: If a person snacks or eats more when he is stressed out, then acupuncture might lower stress and decrease eating. If he is at the acupuncture clinic, then he is not at the grocery store, the bar, or the restaurant, so he may be eating fewer calories. However, if he eats the same or more calories after starting acupuncture as before, then he will probably have no weight change or get even heavier. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture helpful to manage any arrhythmias?

Is acupuncture helpful to manage any arrhythmias?

Categorically NO!: I know of no indication or recognized treatment of accupuncture for treating arrhythmia. It is not a choice i would make and i would be very, very cautious to know the risks involved and any other treatments recommended and certainly the advice of the participating physician (cardiologist/electrophysiologist). Be careful! be very careful! ...Read more

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How helpful is acupuncture treatment?

How helpful is acupuncture treatment?

It depends: There are always three factors involved in answering this kind of question: 1) the nature of the condition, 2) how responsive you are to acupuncture and 3) the skillfulness of the acupuncturist. Responsiveness is a built- in trait and 3-6 treatments will reveal how well you respond to acupuncture and if it is helping. Depending on how serious or chronic your condition, you may need more treatment. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture helpful to treat trigeminal neuralgia?

Is acupuncture helpful to  treat trigeminal neuralgia?

Yes: I've treated multiple patients with trigeminal neuralgia with acupuncture with good success. If you've had it for long time, acupuncture may not be able to eliminate pain completely, but still will provide significant relief. It's not a miracle , but does work for a lot of patients. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture for weight loss work?

Does acupuncture for weight loss work?

Yes: Ask my patients. I work mainly with an active duty military population who can loss their career if over-weight. I have quite a few patients whom i see weekly - who have lost between 25 to 40 pounds. But - you need to be physically active, ensure that calories burned exceed calories in and have a healthful lifestyle. The needles simply help to suppress appetite (esp. Junk carbohydrates). ...Read more

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Is acupuncture for weight loss supported by any scientific evidence or is it nonsense?is it worth trying?

Is acupuncture for weight loss supported by any scientific evidence or is it nonsense?is it worth trying?

Check the NIHACM: National Institute of Health for Complementary and Alternative Medicine database to read on the studies done on this, and associated studies. Acupuncture works on the meridian systems that are integrated with our body, and can work even on smoking cessation, through placement of needles or magnets in specific spots on the body. Give it a try and see if it helps you. ...Read more

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