Struggling to lose that extra weight? Perhaps acupuncture is the solution for you

According to the Chinese medical paradigm, over-eating and eating the ‘wrong’ foods, leads to an unbalanced digestive system. Once the digestive system is weakened it is less able to process food and turn it into nutrients and blood, and gets stored as fat. A number of factors can weaken the digestive system:

  • Over-eating
  • Irregular eating
  • Eating late at night
  • Eating at the desk or on the go
  • Worrying while eating
  • Excessive consumption of ‘damp’ foods (such as dairy, bread and wheat products, sweets, alcohol, etc)

The effects are noticeable, and come in the form of digestive problems, such as constipation, diarrhoea, IBS, weight gain and abdominal cramps and pain, depending on the individual pattern. The weakened digestive system also looks to repair itself and that’s where food cravings come into play.

The references to the importance of the digestive system can be found in English quotes and sayings such as ‘venting one’s spleen’ (expressing anger) and ‘an army marches on its stomach’ (- Napoleon Bonaparte, meaning that survival depends on logistics, being well fed was key to the success of an army). Hence when the system is weakened, it finds an alternative way of ‘bulking up’, by storing fat to protect the now vulnerable area.

The same principle applies to those who struggle to put on weight, where the system, rather than storing, has gone down the line of stagnation and hardness. Neither is a desirable way of being.

Acupuncture can help restore the function of the digestive system, so it is better able to process the food that is being passed through. It has been shown to be beneficial in curbing food cravings and decreasing discomfort in the abdominal area (e.g. bloating, pain, cramps), improving the overall quality of life.

This is not to say that acupuncture is a miracle cure. Half the work comes from you. Lifestyle adjustments need to be made to make the progress permanent. Among those, moderate exercise (getting off the tube one stop earlier, walking for a few minutes a day, etc) and perhaps slight changes in diet. Personally, I believe in a balanced diet with little naughty moments in between. Certain foods help with cravings, i.e. cooked root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, swede, parsnip all help with sugar cravings and fish oils and fish in general may help control carbohydrate cravings.