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Acupuncture and Metabolism

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By Savannah Russell, L.Ac Dip.O.M.

A  study  published  by The National  Library of Medicine  National Institutes of  Health looked at the effects  of acupuncture on the regulation  of lipid and glucose metabolism in patients  suffering from metabolic syndrome. The study followed  76 metabolic syndrome patients over a period of time and  divided them into two groups. The first group received only  conventional medical treatments/pharmaceuticals, while the second  group received conventional medical treatments plus regular acupuncture  treatments. The body mass index (BMI), blood lipid, blood glucose and  comprehensive therapeutic effects were compared before and after treatment  in both groups.

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The  results  revealed the  group that received  acupuncture plus conventional  medical treatments had superior improvement over the group that only  received conventional medical treatments.  The subjects showed improvement in BMI, triglyceride,  total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, fasting  blood glucose, high density lipoprotein cholesterol, fasting insulin  and insulin resistance index. This study provides strong evidence that  acupuncture can greatly improve the health of patients suffering from metabolic  disorders, when coupled with conventional medical treatments.

Metabolism  is defined as  the chemical processes  that occur within a living  organism in order to maintain  life. That’s not something that  most people consciously think about.  It just happens and we automatically assume  it will happen, regardless of what we do on  a daily basis. But this isn’t always the case.  Some people are born with genetic defects that can  mess with their metabolism. Others develop metabolic disorders  over time from not taking proper care of themselves. Metabolic disorders  can also be trauma induced.

As  with  most health  issues, conventional  medicine typically treats  metabolic issues with pharmaceuticals.  For some this works very well. But there  are always side effects with pharmaceuticals  and the body can also develop a resistance to  them over time. So when it comes to metabolic disorders,  a natural approach is usually a better long term choice. This  is where acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be very  beneficial. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), all disease  occurs in the body due to either a lack, excess or blockage of energy.  TCM treats these energy imbalances using a host of modalities, but acupuncture  is the most commonly known and used.

Most  metabolic  diseases are  a result of an  imbalance of hormones  such as insulin, glucose  and thyroid hormones. These  three components are key to keeping  the body functioning properly and can easily  be thrown off. Too much stress, poor dietary  habits and lack of exercise are all reasons why  the body’s metabolism may not be functioning correctly. Acupuncture  has been shown to balance hormones when accompanied by lifestyle modifications.  Acupuncture helps control food cravings, boosts metabolism, improves digestion and  helps the liver function optimally. The liver produces chemicals that help break down  fat, while filtering out toxins that can slow our body’s ability to digest and regulate.  Excess stress can lead to a slower metabolism, an increase in body fat and poor sleep. Regular  acupuncture treatments can help reduce stress. If you’re feeling tired or sluggish, put on some weight,  or are dealing with stress and depression, Fort Collins Family Acupuncture can help.

To sit down with one our practitioners call Fort Collins Family Acupuncture at 970-472-0955 and set up a free 15-minute consult. Or jump right in and schedule an appointment to give Acupuncture a try.