Acupuncture can help in 5 ways:
1. Reducing appetite: Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, meaning that the person has less of a need for the hit of pleasure after eating.
2. Regulates metabolic speed and activity.
3. Prevents side effects such as heartburn, indigestion, high blood-pressure or increased/decreased blood sugar levels caused by dieting. It removes the desire to eat caused by low blood sugar levels or the desire to extinguish the feeling of indigestion.
4. Reduces stress in dieters by regulating hormonal and enzyme activity resulting from this stress and which prevents weight-loss as they, in general, cause fast weight gain.
5. Prevents weariness and exhaustion.
People can diet more comfortably and in some instances even lose weight without the need to do so in the first place.
Can Weight Lost with Acupuncture Be Regained?
No, because the actual mistake is the belief that weight-loss is only temporary, whatever the method may be. The important thing to note is that the important factor is the body being able to adapt and get used to its new shape. This adaptation process can be helped with what is known as ‘prevention therapy programme’. Taking the amount of weight-loss as its reference point, patients who undergo this therapy don’t regain weight.
Does Acupuncture Have Any Side Effects?
Acupuncture is a completely natural therapy that doesn’t use any chemical substances, meaning acupuncture doesn’t have any side effects as long as it is performed in a hygienic environment. However, there are 3 circumstances when acupuncture can’t be used:
1. Breast feeding mothers (for the first 6 months).
2. Patients currently undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
3.Patients with pacemakers.
Is Acupuncture Regulated by The Ministry of Health?
In Turkey, acupuncture practitioners need to be graduates of either a medical or dental school and need to have Competent Practitioner certification provided by the Ministry of Health.
Is There an Age Limit for Acupuncture?
There is no age limit as acupuncture is a completely natural therapy.
How Does the Practitioner Decide Upon Needles or Lasers?
Lasers are used in cases where patients have a phobia of needles (usually children), be they classic acupuncture needles used on the body or needles that stay in place when the ear is the chosen application area.
Is Acupuncture an Effective Option for Children with Eating Disorders?
Yes, especially for children with insatiable appetites. However, the prescribed diet has to be carefully crafted taking the child’s age into account.
Can Acupuncture be Effective for Bed-Wetting Children?
Acupuncture is effective in 75-80 percent of enuresis - or involuntary urination, especially at night - cases if it is not the result of an anatomical problem, such as weak bladder muscles, urinary infections or bladder nerve compression.
Is Acupuncture Effective for Illnesses That Begin Especially in Childhood Such as Asthma, Allergies or Sinusitis?
Acupuncture is an alternative medical solution that should be tried in cases where modern medical treatments provided by chest or ear, nose and throat specialists for allergic asthma, allergies and sinusitis fail. The number of successful cases where acupuncture has been successfully used are too many to be ignored.
What Factors Determine How Many Sessions Are Needed?
Responses given to acupuncture therapy vary depending on age, sex and the individual circumstances of each patient. However, it can be said very generally that being younger and early diagnosis will mean fewer sessions as the number of sessions needed is linked with the development (becoming chronic) of the illness.
Can Pregnant Women Undergo Acupuncture?
There is the erroneous belief that acupuncture is not suitable for pregnant women even though it is a completely natural therapy. The reason for this is that many pregnant women who have sought out acupuncture to help deal with excess weight were not also given a strict diet/nutrition programme. With one, acupuncture is an effective, side effect free, solution.
Can Pregnant Women Maintain Their Current Weight with Acupuncture?
can be used during pregnancy to prevent weight gain, prevent food cravings and regulate appetite. Moreover, acupuncture can be used in cases of bad morning sickness and as a way to quit smoking, which is vitally important for the developing foetus. However, acupuncture therapy and the diet programme should be given in coordination with your consultant.
Is It Possible to Treat Infertility with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can and should be used in an attempt to treat infertility after all other treatment methods (IVF, microinjection etc.) have been tried on patients who don’t have any other anatomical problems such as blocked ovarian/testicular tubes. As with the entirety of nature, every person has an energy balance and the success acupuncture has by rebalancing a person’s energy is considerable.
Dr. Münire MUHAN