I often get the question, " Can acupuncture help with weight loss?" The simple answer is "yes." The more real answer is yes, but only within a complete working model. A "working model" means you have someone to support your efforts, you have defined goals, and much more .......... with the most important thing being a burning desire to change some habits.
Using acupuncture for weight loss begins by getting you healthier. A healthy body will not gain weight. This will take a month or more, assisted by your burning desire to change some habits.Then you will start losing weight! Slowly but surely.
I look forward to working with you to help meet your goals.
How to Do It:
Always inhale and exhale through your nostrils, slowly.
Inhale. Focus on relaxing the belly as you begin each inhale. As you relax your belly, waist and low back, and move them outward as if a balloon is roundly filling those areas, you are automatically drawing your diaphragm down. Your diaphragm is a horizontal sheet of muscle that is attached all around the edges to the inside walls of your torso. It is placed like a muscular round pizza just above your abdominal organs -- stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, adrenals/kidneys -- and just under your lungs. As your diaphragm moves down, it pulls the bottom of your lungs down, thereby pulling air into the bottom of your lungs as a “bellows” action.
Continue with this smoothly inhaled breath while next expanding the middle area of your lungs, ribs and back, and finally expand the upper area of your lungs, chest and upper back.
Comfortably hold this breath "in" (suspend your breath) for as long as you can without straining; try 3-5 seconds and slowly increase the time.
Exhale. Begin the exhale by releasing air first from the upper lungs, then the middle lungs, and finally the lower lungs. To complete each exhale, using your abdominal muscles pull your navel area back towards your spine until the breath is totally exhaled. Hold your breath "out" (suspend your breath) for as long as you can without straining; again start with 3-5 seconds and increase slowly.
Then relax the abdominal muscles and continue the next slow and conscious inhaled-exhaled breath cycle. Keep your inhales and exhales of equal length, and keep the breath suspensions of equal length.
Continue practicing daily, beginning with 3 minutes. Try building up the time so that you’re practicing for 11-31 minutes a day and see how your life changes!
Please communicate with us if you have any questions about the breath practice.
Quote from the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan (https://www.3ho.org/):
"There is a system called recharging yourself that you have got to know. When your inner vitality fails, your virtues fall apart. If you do not breathe consciously for 11 minutes a day, you lose 40% of the vitality of life. This 40% you cannot recapture by any medicine or any exercise. But if you do breathe consciously for 11 minutes and make it very long, deep and slow, that can do exactly what no miracle can do, because your life is based on the breath of life."
Weight-Loss Tea (Jaalaa Jeeraa)
This tea has been used to dissolve fatty tissue. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day for this purpose. Weight-loss tea also improves the beauty and youthfulness of the skin, cleanses the mucous membrane of the colon, and is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
Black salt and tamarind, as well as bulk cumin seeds, can be found in Asian stores or order online. Black salt, a superb, health-giving food, has been used as a cancer preventative. It has a strong taste and an even stronger smell, so start with just a pinch. Tamarind is a sweet-sour tropical fruit, and is sold as a paste with or without the seeds.
1/4 - 1/3 cup fresh or dried mint leaves
1/2 lb. cumin seeds
1 T. fresh or frozen tamarind
1/4 tsp. black salt
4 lemons, quartered
1/2 T. black pepper
3 quarts of water
Combine all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook, covered, at a low boil for about 4 hours. This is necessary to draw the "extract" from the cumin seeds. Strain and serve warm or cold. You can re-use the ingredients; just add a little more of the ingredients the second time you boil it. Be sure to remove the lemons between boilings and add fresh lemons. Tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. (From Foods for Health & Healing, based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, PhD, 1983)