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Acupuncture and PEMF for Weight Loss

When our body gets sluggish, gains weight, and loses its ability to transform calories into usable power, Acupuncture can enhance metabolism to burn more fat. It also reduces appetite, detoxifies the digestive system, reduces cravings and addictions, and improves circulation and energy.

Research  supports the use of Acupuncture for weight loss:A 2003 study published in The Journal of Medical Acupuncture found that participants receiving acupuncture lost more than three times more weight than the control group.

In a study conducted by the University of Adelaide in Australia in 1998, 95 percent of the participants receiving electro-stimulation on acupuncture points reported appetite suppression. The results showed that the acupuncture group was more likely to experience a reduced appetite and to lose weight than the control group.

An imbalance in the pancreas and the liver leads to fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, loose stool, and a feeling of heaviness and the “triggers” that lead to cravings and compulsive eating.

Due to emotional stress.
In Chinese medicine each major organ has it own related emotion. Excessive grief damages the lungs, excessive worry–the liver, obsessive thinking and over eating damages the spleen, and excessive fear damages the kidneys. When a patient has extended depression, anxiety or other emotional stress, this damages the spirits and eventually destroys the balanced relationships of the five major organ system. The emotional obstruction results in overeating from stress and further disables the transformation and transportation of body and food essence into usable energy. Then the person feels sluggish and obesity occurs. Meditation can support the acupuncture treatments.

From a Western perspective, acupuncture and TCM have been shown to have an effect on the function of the nervous, endocrine, and digestive systems, food cravings, and metabolism. All of which can help to energize the body, maximize the absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite, and reduce anxiety.

Ear Points  are a micro-system of points relating to all major organs and body parts that particularly affect brain chemistry.

Most patients report a marked decline in appetite and cravings with acupuncture alone but herbs, healing foods, and exercises can definitely enhance the efficacy of the treatments. For treatment or more information, contact me at drKathleen@brainbodybliss.com.

Skin: Our InterFace I

Skin is our interface with the outside. It represents our image to the world: our youthfulness or our worn-out internal condition exposed.  Skin quality reflects our insides and, in reverse, we can stimulate this soft outer surface to affect the inside.  It is a tool that can influence our health if we know how to push its buttons!  (Literally!)

Like many examples in nature, it is the thin outer layer that often plays THE big role in relation to the whole.  For example, on the giant magnet Earth, it is the thin layer of organic life—plants, animals, and Us, who act as the transformers of energies between the sun and the magnet planet.  We are the critical go-between, the living skin accomplishing a human version of photosynthesis.

 Or, consider the cell membrane of each of our trillions of cells. That thin sheet is where the action is—where the metabolism and processes occur. And just like our skin, the cell membrane can get gunked up—proteins and sugars causing a carmelization that makes our cells crusty, which then impedes the passage of nutrients in and toxins out.

So with our skin—when toxins build up and cannot release through the intestines and  lungs, they then seek an outlet through the skin, ie.  as acne, rashes, psoriasis, etc.  From an  Acupuncture point of view, we would address skin issues by treating intestine or lung points, since together all three are eliminatory organs.  If the body is not hydrated enough or ingests too many acidic foods, ie sugar and red meat, then the skin becomes dry– as a reflection of overheated digestion in the stomach.

Since the tongue is a diagnostic tool in Chinese Medicine, we would see an extra red tongue, with a deep crack down the center–all signals of excess heat, sometimes resulting in GIRD or acid reflux.  To treat this condition, points along the stomach meridian on the leg would be sedated to cool down possible heartburn.  In Chinese theory, the stomach ‘feeds’ the lungs, so we can pull excess from the stomach to replenish the depleted lungs.  Thus, the lungs would nourish the skin to receive more moisture.  This is an example of how Acupuncture is the ultimate example of WHOLE-ISTIC medicine—where each organ can be rebalance with other organs—evening out the energy distribution throughout the body…!

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