Weight loss

The truth is, the body loves to be healthy and actually craves feeling light and active.  When our energy is flowing smoothly, we are naturally drawn towards looking after ourselves, and being healthy is easy.  That being said, when our energy is blocked or out of balance, the opposite can happen, and we can quite easily be drawn towards lifestyle habits that just lead us further down an unhealthy path.

To understand this better, think of your energy as flowing through pathways that feed every cell of your body.  When that flow becomes blocked or impeded from sickness or stress, our energy stagnates, and we can begin to feel sluggish, foggy-headed and even depressed, all three states of being that contribute to weight gain.

In Five Element acupuncture, one of our roles is to find out where these blocks are and why they are occurring, then clear them using needles so that the qi can flow unobstructed.  The result can be increased energy, clarity of mind, lightness of spirit, and simply feeling better all around, all of which supports weight loss.

While we feel that the acupuncture is very powerful, it is often not the whole story particularly with weight loss, and patients often benefit from other therapies in conjunction with the acupuncture. Two obvious factors affecting weight loss are nutrition and exercise; at Source Clinic we work with other professionals to ensure that you have the best chance of achieving your weight loss goals.



Research – Acupuncture for weight loss

Alongside this more “feeling” based observation and connection, there is ample scientific research to show how acupuncture treatment may specifically help support weight loss:

  • Modulating serum immunoglobulin G (Cabioglu 2007);
  • Lowering serum leptin and increasing adiponectin (Luo 2007; Baocun 2006);
  • Lowering serum glucose and increasing insulin and c-peptide levels (Cabioglu 2006);
  • stimulating alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone expression and release (Fei 2011);
  • enhancing the expression of peroxisome proliferator- activated receptor gamma mRNA in adipose tissues ( PPARG is a hormone receptor gene involved in fat cell differentiation and function), activating the activities of lipoprotein lipase and hepatic lipase, and decreasing the levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in serum  (Gao 2011);
  • reducing blood lipids (triglycerides, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), fasting blood glucose levels, and expression of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 mRNA and tumour necrosis factor -alpha mRNA (both are cytokines implicated in adipose tissue regulation),  and increasing high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (Yu 2011);
  • up-regulating obestatin expression in the hypothalamus (Kong 2010).