If only losing weight was as simple as eating less and exercising more.
However, our level of physical activity and dietary habits are only two of a wide range of factors which impact our weight. These include:
- our metabolism;
- our mood and emotions;
- various hormones;
- thyroid and other health problems;
- our thoughts and beliefs;
- our food allergies and intolerances;
- and our behaviours and habits.
It makes sense therefore to take a multi-pronged approach to weight loss – and this is where natural therapies like acupuncture and kinesiology come in.
Acupuncture & Kinesiology: Energy-Based Therapies
Acupuncture and kinesiology are known as energy-based therapies – that is, they operate on the premise that the free flow of energy (“qi”) throughout the body is essential for optimal health and wellbeing.
And both consider that our body, mind and spirit are intrinsically linked – what affects one affects the other.
That’s why when you feel nervous about a job interview or giving a speech, your stomach churns, you may tremble and get sweaty palms. It also explains why we turn to comfort foods when we are feeling down!
Kinesiology for Weight Loss
Through questions and simple muscle tests, a kinesiologist can identify any disruption to the flow of energy around your body. Where energy is flowing well, your muscles will be able to resist gentle pressure, for example as your kinesiologist presses on your wrists. On the other hand, if a group of muscles loses resistance in response to the questions asked by your practitioner, it indicates a blockage in a certain area of your life.
As a registered practitioner of Chinese Traditional Medicine as well as a qualified kinesiologist, I am then able to use this knowledge to tailor a treatment plan to support you in losing weight.
How Can Acupuncture Help with Weight Loss?
Acupuncture has been found to have a positive impact on many of the factors which contribute to weight loss, such as:
- increasing metabolism;
- reducing appetite;
- decreasing stress;
- improving mood;
- balancing hormone levels; and
- relieving any pain which may be preventing you from exercising.
If you want to be a serious loser (of weight!) – studies have shown that acupuncture can be a valuable addition to the traditional approach of exercise and healthy eating.
- Acupuncture for the treatment of obesity: a review of the evidence. Lacey JM, Tershakovec AM, Foster GD. International Journal of Obesity. 2003 Apr; 27(4):419-427.