Sleep apnoea acupuncture

Sleep apnoea acupuncture

Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea. A major cause of sleep apnoea is the extra weight around the waist and the thorax. 

Acupuncture can stimulate the body’s energy flow (chi) to impact factors that can reverse obesity and Sleep Apnoea:

  • increasing metabolism
  • reducing appetite
  • lowering stress
  • affecting the part of the brain that feels hunger

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles at specific body points or “energy pathways.” The inserted needles act to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” hormones. This can create a calming, relaxing effect, which counteracts the need for excessive eating brought about by increased stress, frustration or anxiety. In this respect, acupuncture can calm those so afflicted and help them lose weight without resorting to drugs. 

Recent studies have shown that when acupuncture is combined with traditional methods of weight loss, patients lose more weight. In these cases, one to three acupuncture weight loss sessions can be safe and effective in helping people achieve reasonable weight loss goals.

References

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  • Ismail LA, Ibrahim AA, Abdel-Latif GA, El-Haleem DA, Helmy G, Labib LM, El-Masry MK. Effect of Acupuncture on Body Weight Reduction and Inflammatory Mediators in Egyptian Obese Patients. Open Access Maced J Med Sci. 2015 Mar 15;3(1):85-90.
  • Fogarty S, Stojanovska L, Harris D, Zaslawski C, Mathai ML, McAinch AJ. A randomised cross-over pilot study investigating the use of acupuncture to promote weight loss and mental health in overweight and obese individuals participating in a weight loss program. Eat Weight Disord. 2015 Sep.