The 2019 Acupuncture Conference I attended last year tackled how helpful acupuncture is to everyone. It does not only target a specific part, but it also solves the various problems of the whole body. What most people are unaware of is that acupuncture is also an effective method for weight loss. Here are the reasons why.
Spearheads Healthy Digestion
Acupuncture quiets the fight-or-flight stress response of the nervous system. According to experts, this procedure also activates the parasympathetic system. This term refers to the body’s rest and digest stage. This activation leads to an improved stomach blood flow that aids digestion eliminates irritable bowel syndrome, and reduces bloating.
Another way that acupuncture helps in weight loss is by reducing one’s cravings. A research experiment at Yale University found out that individuals who were addicted to cocaine but were able to receive acupuncture were less likely to consume drugs. It helped them kick or curb their addiction.
It goes the same with food. The reason behind this is because acupuncture alters the specific brain chemicals associated with food and cravings.
Acupuncture is a cheap yet effective stress-reliever since it blocks the spikes in stress-induced hormones such as cortisol. At the same time, it also helps release the happy hormones, endorphins. The secretion of which does not only make you jolly, but it also adds to the calming effect of your body.
Managing your stress contributes to your weight maintenance. If you feel less stressed, then the tendency of drowning yourself with stress food will reduce as well.
Promotes Better Sleep
Acupuncture also improves our sleeping pattern, and once you have sustained this, there’s a significant possibility that it will contribute to weight loss. If you have sufficient high-quality sleep, your brain function will improve. Those who are sleep-deprived are more likely to be stressed, less focused, and snackers.
Take note, however, that you should not entirely rely on acupuncture alone. You should also partner this with exercise, proper diet, and a healthy lifestyle. Make sure to ask the services of a professional since this approach involves the central nervous system.