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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses Weight Loss in Toowoomba

My name is Louis Gordon and I am an acupuncturist. I practice acupuncture from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic in Middle Ridge, Toowoomba, 4350, Queensland, Australia. Just as fresh clean water bubbling up from a natural well is vital to sustain life … my WELLNESS information will help YOU to sustain a healthy vibrant life beaming with optimal wellness. Call for more information on (07) 4636 6100.

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Help for Weight Loss in Toowoomba

Weight loss is a concern for many people, and something that can be difficult to achieve.  Acupuncture is one treatment that may be helpful in assisting with the symptoms associated with weight gain.  Read on to find out more.

How Might Acupuncture Help With the Symptoms Associated with Weight Gain?

In order to achieve meaningful weight loss, lifestyle changes have to made, and acupuncture may help with this.  Many of us are often concerned about a lack of energy, increased stress levels and difficulty coping with the pain that can occur when starting a new exercise regimen.  These all contribute to weight gain. Acupuncture may help prevent weight gain as it has been shown to increase energy levels, providing motivation to exercise.  It may also help relieve pain that they feel when exercising.  It may also be useful if there is a metabolic condition that results in weight gain. Acupuncture has been reported to increase the body’s metabolism, reduce food cravings, and improve circulation all around the body.

Acupuncture may also help to regulate sleep, and this may also be beneficial for weight loss.  The field of chronobiology shows that this is because regular sleeping patterns sustain the body throughout the day, help to maintain a balanced lifestyle, and allow the metabolism to find a balanced and steady rhythm.

Regarding the prevention of weight gain, according to recent research (1), there is “moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture” for “Obesity”, “Anxiety” and “Insomnia” including “Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia”.

What Acupuncture Points Are Used to Help Prevent Weight Gain?

When acupuncture is being used to treat the symptoms associated with weight gain, acupuncture points in the ear are generally used for both weight loss and the general detoxification of the body.  During treatment, the acupuncturist places five needles in each ear.  Out of these needles, four directly corresponds to specific organs in the body – the kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and liver.  The fifth needle is used for relaxation.  Once the acupuncture treatment starts, the body is stimulated to produce endorphins.  Endorphins are the “feel good chemicals” in the body that help to combat the cravings for carbohydrates in the body, reduce the person’s appetite, and also help with withdrawal symptoms if weight loss is related to drug abuse (smoking, alcohol etc).

However, as well as the points in the ear, other points in the body can also be used.  This is why it is so important to have a detailed consultation with your acupuncturist.  The acupuncturist needs to know your eating habits in order to ascertain digestive problems as well as your appetite.  The practitioner will also check your pulses to determine your general energy states and measure the state of the stomach energy.  The tongue is also checked for cracks and yellow or white coatings.  These provide clues to the person’s condition and the reasons for gaining weight.

The needles are inserted into the body at certain points and these include:

  • Mouth – this point relates to an impulsive eater that is also a chain smoker.
  • Stomach – this point relates to a person that is obese (eating even when the stomach is full).
  • Lungs – this point relates to people that are addicted to food.
  • Endocrine – this point relates to those that gain weight due to water retention.
  • Shen Men – this point relates to the psychological reasons for anxiety, frustration and loneliness.
  • Spleen – this point relates to hormonal and sugar imbalances.
  • Kidney – this point relates to the nervous system and water retention.
  • Thyroid – this point relates to a slow metabolism.

For more information on acupuncture for treating the symptoms of weight gain or to make an appointment call ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic on (07) 4636 6100.



(1) McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017.

Accupuncture, Acupunture or Accupunture common misspelling

Note that “Acupuncture” is often misspelt as accupuncture, acupunture or accupunture, that is with either too many c’s or not enough c’s. I would love to be able to clear up this very common spelling mistake, and set the record straight.

Ac·u·punc·ture – pronounced ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; Origin: 1675–85; < Latin acū with a needle (ablative of acus  needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus ) + puncture.


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