Dr. Mindy Boxer – Acupuncture for Weight Loss

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Most of us have those pesky few pounds that just won’t release their grip on us. We might try the latest diet or exercise trend but that weight just won’t come off. Or maybe you have more than just a little weight to lose. Rather than jump on the latest fad diet that sounds too good to be true, have you thought about trying Acupuncture to lose weight? It just might be the ticket to not only losing those extra pounds but also to getting your overall health back on track.

There is an abundance of research dedicated to the benefits of Acupuncture for a variety of health concerns (Pain management, Infertility, Migraines, Allergies, and Anxiety to name a few). If you have never tried Acupuncture, you can expect me to do a full health history with you before any treatment plans are put in place. Be honest with me about your goals and struggles and any other health challenges you are dealing with. It’s best for me to have a complete picture in order to serve you best.

What to Expect

What may seem unusual to you but is perfectly normal to me as your Acupuncturist, is that for weight loss, you may find me focusing on your ear. The reason for this is that research has shown that stimulating certain Acupuncture points on the outer ear (also known as Auricular Acupuncture) can help to balance Hormones that work to reduce cravings and appetite.

Specifically, the two hormones influenced by these Acupuncture points are ghrelin (controls appetite) and leptin (regulates fat storage and metabolism). By targeting these two hormones, research shows that Acupuncture can help to sideline those cravings, improve digestion, and even boost metabolism.

In improving digestion, I may target Acupuncture points along the stomach and kidney channels. Improving digestion function can actually increase the number of nutrients absorbed by the body, which can ultimately help with issues such as constipation, bloating, and other gastrointestinal issues that can contribute to weight gain.

What the Research Says

If you do your homework, you will find that research does support the use of Acupuncture for weight loss. For example, a 2017 study found that obese women who received Auricular Acupuncture lost more weight (approximately 8 pounds more) that women who received Acupuncture on other parts of their body.

And, as previously mentioned, Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment option for a variety of health conditions that could contribute to obesity. For example, a 2015 study found that Acupuncture stimulates the release of Endorphins which can create a calming and relaxing effect that can combat Stress which can contribute to stress eating, causing weight gain.

Combined with other lifestyle changes like regular exercise and consuming a balanced diet, acupuncture has been proven to be effective for weight loss. Although everyone’s needs are a bit different, you can expect to have several treatments for six to eight weeks and the number of visits could begin to decrease as your Acupuncture regimen progresses.

Talk to me if you are looking for a safe weight loss program. In compiling your health history, I may determine that Hormonal or other health issues contributing to your weight gain should also be addressed. As a Functional Nutritionist for the past 30 year, I will also prepare you with the best Food Plan, based on your family history, blood type, lab tests, and the latest Scientific Research.   Be prepared for a multi-faceted approach that will help you to achieve balance in your whole body as well as achieving your weight loss goals.

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Come in for a consultation to see how acupuncture can benefit you and help you to live a long, healthy life.

info@drmindyboxer.com

310. 450. 9711

Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.

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