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Acupuncture and Weight Loss
The Use of Acupuncture Therapy to Lose Weight
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Acupuncture and Weight Loss

Acupuncture is the Chinese medical treatment in which needles are inserted in the body along 'meridians' (channels of energy). It is a recognized method of controlling pain, and is also useful for many other conditions, including headaches and infections, but its success in assisting weight loss or controlling body weight, is less well documented.

Some people who undergo acupuncture do lose weight, but this may be the result of stress reduction and thus weight reduction through eating less. Some practitioners believe the needles stimulate 'acupoints' that make the brain produce extra endorphins (the 'pleasure' hormones), which may reduce appetite or psychological need for food.

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