Three Popular Acupuncture Treatments

Acupuncture is widely known as a traditional Chinese medical practice used for treating pain. By inserting needles into certain points on the body, known as “pathways” to practitioners, the patient’s life force is rebalanced by creating a greater energy flow, or qi, throughout the body. Many Western acupuncture specialists contend that pathways are merely locations that stimulate nerves and connective tissue. Despite the possibility of the results being psychosomatic, many people attest to the effectiveness of acupuncture.

Acupuncture needles in African woman’s back

Though it has been applied primarily for pain, acupuncture has a variety of uses.

Weight Loss

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that excessive weight gain is caused by energy imbalances throughout the body. Acupuncture practitioners target the kidneys and endocrine system to remedy water retention as well as to stimulate nerve and hormonal balances. Points to the spleen and thyroid gland are punctured to treat sugar and hormonal balancing. In women, adrenal and ovary glands are targeted to reduce weight gain caused by menopause or Premenstrual syndrome. In addition to these pathway locations, a subset of acupuncture known as “ear stapling” is implemented to curb the patient’s appetite.


Besides reducing appetite, the ear acts a hub, containing pathways to nearly every part of the human anatomy. Auricular acupuncture specifically makes use of certain ear points to treat ailing parts of the body. There are three points linked to the liver, kidneys and lungs. These organs become weakened with substance abuse because they are constantly trying to flush out excessive toxins. Applying needles to these pathways strengthens the organs. As they become stronger, the toxins are removed at a quicker rate, allowing the patient to recover faster.

Depression or Anxiety

The liver, kidneys and lungs are three of the major organs treated in acupuncture. In addition to ridding the body of toxins, they can also affect a person’s mood. An acupuncture practitioner will usually identify life force imbalances in the liver, spleen and kidneys as the cause of depression or anxiety. Not only is emotional stability dependent on the qi of individual organs, but also on the relationship between different parts of the body. Disharmony between the lungs and heart as well as the kidney and heart are believed to cause depression and anxiety.

Acupuncture is quickly gaining acceptance in the Western world, particularly among patients seeking alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs. Several people who have been treated with acupuncture for weight loss, addiction and mood elevation attest to its effectiveness. It is important to note that many of them received other treatment options in addition to acupuncture and studies have yet to determine whether positive results were due to acupuncture or the placebo effect. In addition to the ailments listed above, acupuncture is also used to treat low blood pressure, hay fever, menopause disorders, visual disorders, phobias and a myriad of other mental and physical conditions.