More than two-thirds of Americans struggle with weight problems, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Stressful working environments, lack of awareness and insufficient amount of time to prepare meals are some of the contributing factors that have lead to obesity.
Many parents work full-time and that makes it difficult to prepare healthy meals. With the emergence of fast food and drive-through options, it has become easier for working individuals to manage their time. Unfortunately, these so-called ‘quick solutions’ lead to health complications one of which is obesity.
While obesity itself is not a condition, it can lead to deadly illnesses such as:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Heart attacks
- Sleep apnea
What is Acupuncture and How Can it Help?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice. It is a complementary practice that does not use prescription drugs. It entails using fine needles (0.25mm) to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, away from nerves, to stimulate pressure points of the body.
Stress is one of the leading causes of fluctuations in weight. This is because it leads to emotional eating as food is a source of emotional comfort. When acupuncture needles stimulate the nervous system, they relieve stress and alleviate fatigue. This releases serotonin into the body, a neurotransmitter responsible for the feelings of joy and happiness.
With stress levels lowered, individuals feel energetic and refreshed. This develops motivation to eat healthier and make dietary changes. In addition to this, acupuncture reduces hunger pangs because individuals no longer feel stressed. This helps eliminate the chances of emotional eating.
Stress is also associated with hormonal problems. Women often times struggle with weight fluctuation because of hormonal changes. Stress makes symptoms worse.
An important thing to remember is that acupuncture is a complementary practice. Acupuncturists also ask their patients to make lifestyle changes that can help make their symptoms better. By discussing the symptoms and problems with their practitioner, individuals can make the experience more relaxing and hassle-free.
Sometimes, weight gain is the symptom of a much deeper problem. There are several conditions that cause fluctuations in weight. Consult your doctor and see if acupuncture is suitable as some conditions may get in the way of your treatment.
Acupuncture Center of Bradenton is headed by Dr. Greenberg, a board-certified acupuncturist, with more than 28 years of experience treating patients with arthritis, shoulder and neck pain, and various other conditions. Call 941-749-1807 to schedule an appointment.