The Science behind Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Many patients coming to The Acupuncture Clinic often inquire as to what actually physiologically happens inside the body to cause the weight loss that acupuncture achieves. New research reported in the April 2012 Scientific World Journal helps explain the phenomena.



The weight loss research subjects had 6 weeks of acupuncture and were assessed at the start, middle and end  of the  treatment course. They were assessed again 12 weeks after the completion of the course of treatment.

The biomedical parameters for analyzing the research included

  • Measurement of adipose tissue
  • Heat Shock Protein (HSP) antibody titers
  • High Sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels

Nearly 200 people partook in the study and the researchers concluded

that acupuncture was effective for enhancing weight loss.

The mechanisms as to how acupuncture worked for weight loss was demonstrated with a reduced level in Heat Shock Protein (HSP) antibody titers and a reduction in C-reactive protein readings.

Acupuncture also was responsible for improving levels of dyslipidemia.

An interesting side note here is that a decreased level in Heat Shock Protein is a much sought after side effect of acupuncture for weight loss because other studies have shown that this can decrease the risk of vascular disease and cardiovascular accidents.

The C-reactive protein level is regarded by the Women’s Harvard Health Study to be a more accurate marker than cholesterol levels in predicting coronary problems and this was also improved with the acupuncture.

So not only does the research show that acupuncture for weight loss works but as a side effect it will lower cholesterol in the blood.

Many Chinese herbs such as he shou wu, Polygonum multiflorum, have also been demonstrated to reduce cholesterol. Traditional Chinese Medicine comprising of acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine has the main fundamental aim of restoring balance and harmony within the body and stimulate the individuals person’s recuperative powers to improve and maintain health.

People don’t have to accept the life sentence imposed upon them by the pharmaceutical companies and remain on statin drugs like Lipitor forever. Did you know that the CEO of Pfizer earns 2 million dollars a year?


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About Heiko Lade

Hi, I'm Heiko Lade - qualified acupuncturist at The Acupuncture Clinic in Hastings, New Zealand. If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation and treatment, please contact me.


  1. Travis B says:

    I really like this article..great explanation of how this works .

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