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Acupuncture: Benefits of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment

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These are the benefits that you can get from acupuncture

ACUPUNCTURE – This is the traditional Chinese medicine treatment that is still being practiced in different parts of the globe and here are its benefits to your well-being.

The treatment involves inserting fine, clean needles along specific pathways on the body to improve chi or energy flow. According to the article from The Healthy, the said traditional way can help people who want to lose weight. Though it does not encourage weight loss in isolation, it can be used together with a reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise for a better result. A study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine attested to this.

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Here are the other benefits that people can get from acupuncture.

Reduce stress

Tim Rhudy, an acupuncturist in Delmar, NY said that if you are under stress, the body produces excess amounts of cortisol, the stress hormone, and this pushes you to do unhealthy choices, such as eating junk foods, drinking alcohol, and binge-watching TV. “Acupuncture…can help reduce stress so you might be less likely to reach for that donut,” Rhudy said.

Control appetite

In a study published in the BMJ Open Gastroenterology, researchers found out that people who participated in weekly acupuncture sessions for a period of one month lost more weight than the people who didn’t do the treatment. This drew a suggestion from the researchers that the tradition treatment helped in suppressing the body’s levels of ghrelin, a hormone that boosts appetite.

Balance blood sugar

According to a study in The FASEB Journal, women who overweight or obese and unable to exercise were treated with electroacupuncture. This treatment combines acupuncture and electric current. After the treatment, the participants showed improvements in blood sugar levels. Dana Greene, RD, a nutritionist in Boston, MA explained that “when your blood sugar is balanced, it keeps your appetite regulated and you are not as hungry so you eat less.”

Cool inflammation

Doing this traditional Chinese medicine treatment can stimulate certain nerves that could lower inflammation throughout the body, according to a 2016 study. Furthermore, a study, published in the Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, stated that acupuncture could tamp down inflammation and alter body composition in people who are obese.

Sleep sounder

“When you are sleep deprived, you have more ghrelin, the ‘go’ hormone that tells you when to eat, and you also have less leptin, the hormone that tells you to stop eating,” Michael J. Breus, PhD, a psychologist and sleep expert in Los Angeles, CA, and the author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan explained. Good quality sleep can help a person’s weight problem. Improving your sleep can also be beneficial to your waistline as your food choices can affect the quality of your sleep.

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