Interview with Xianmin, Registered Acupuncturist

The summer is a perfect time to begin a weight loss program due to the abundance of fresh healthy food and longer days which aid in the regulation of metabolism. Naturopathic weight loss protocols often involve acupuncture and cupping. But why? Acupuncture can be a great technique to reduce feelings of hunger and relieve stress. Cupping helps to reduce stagnation in the tissue and works on the level of cellulite. This month we asked Innate Wellness Acupuncturist, Xian Min about the details of his weight loss program. To learn more about how acupuncture and cupping might work for you, book a free 15 minute consult with Xianmin. 

What can acupuncture do to deal with obesity?

The goal of acupuncture treatment is to help lose weight and maintain the reduced weight as long as possible.

Acupuncture is expected to supress your appetite and increase your fullness feeling, which makes you feel less hungry than before. Thus, you will not crave for excessive food. From fat metabolism perspective, acupuncture is expected to reduce triglyceride and LDL cholesterol level in plasma to some extent. Besides, acupuncture is also effective to relieve the stress.

In addition, two other important methods will be applied with acupuncture. One is magnetic pellets, which will be applied on your ear on a few specific auricular points. The other is cupping, several glass jars will be applied on your body for a few minutes to create suction. They are both expected to reinforce the effect of acupuncture.

Is acupuncture good for all types of obesity?

Theoretically speaking, yes. Based on our clinical experience, the effect seemed to be better in central (or abdominal) type than peripheral (or gluteo-femoral) type. It takes longest time to deal with genetic ones.

How many sessions do I need?

Usually 10 sessions are set as one course of treatments, and the interval between 2 sessions is 3-4 days. After 3 and 6 sessions, a short reassessment will be done respectively to make some adjustments on points selection if necessary.

After one course, there will be a final assessment, and advice will be given to you whether you need a second course. If yes, a 2-week interval will be required before the start of next course.

Is the result permanent or there will be rebound?

Both clients and practitioners wish the effect could be permanent. As long as you could keep a regular life style and follow the practitioner’s and nutritionist’s advice, the effect could reserve for a relatively long period. However, many uncertain factors may contribute to your life change, it might be possible that you experience weight regain. Don’t be disappointed about it as it is reversible, and just come back to us asap!

Is acupuncture enough or should you control diet or any other suggestions?

To achieve better results, and to shorten intervention period, it is recommended that you reduce consumption of sweetened carbonated drinks, and reduce intake of red meat.

The best way is you visit our experienced nutritionists, and let them offer the most appropriate recipe for you, and ONLY for you.