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Obesity Treatment with Acupuncture Orlando

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Obesity is a very serious problem in the United States.  Almost 35% of the population in the US has a body mass index (BMI) of 30%.  A BMI of 30% is defined as obesity.  Obesity can lead to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Too many calorie intake is a major reason for the obesity epidemic in the US.  The proliferation of fast-food chains serving fatty foods and sugar rich foods and drinks have made it difficult for Americans to resist the urge to eat, especially foods peppered with monosodium glutamate or MSG, which tricks the brain into eating more even if the body has consumed more than enough of its fill.  MSG is a neurotransmitter, which excites the brain to overeat.  The over stimulation of the brain does not benefit the body, over stimulation, in fact, kills the brain cells.  The body’s reactions to MSG are varied and all negative.  MSG can cause headaches, diarrhea, stomach pains, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.  Therefore, this flavor enhancer does not only indirectly cause obesity, but damages the brain when consumed for a long time.

Genetic predisposition also is a factor for obesity though a family sharing a common unhealthy lifestyle that engenders obesity may muddle obesity as genetically caused  a bit.

There are treatments offered by western science for obesity.  One is through surgery.  Bariatric surgery is a radical way to lose weight.  This surgery reduces the size of one’s stomach or re-routes the small intestines to a small stomach pouch.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there is an energy called chi flowing throughout the body through networks called meridians.  Acupuncture points are connected to the energy meridians. Blockages in the meridians due to several causes such as the environment, extreme emotions, pathogens and injuries can cause an imbalance of chi in the body.  The imbalance causes sicknesses.  To remove these blockages acupuncture needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points in the body and face area. With TCM, excess appetite and obesity are seen as deficient chi in the stomach or spleen, heat in the stomach and intestine or a primary chi deficiency. The 14 major meridians in TCM are what western science refers to as the major organs in the body.

Ear or auricular acupuncture is the most common choice to treat obesity. The vagus nerves in the ear are connected to the brain as well as to the digestive tract. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins that helps reduce the food cravings of the person and at the same time feel a sense of elation and relaxation.  Acupuncture  Orlando balances and removes any energy blockages in the body and allows the body to fight the craving with the release of endorphins in the body.

Written by Valerie

April 16th, 2011 at 1:26 am