While Galileo proclaimed that the earth was spherical, he was stoned! Later the legendary Hero Philias Fog portrayed by Jules Verne could make a Voyage around the World in eighty (actually 79) days. We now know that the earth is not flat.
In the same way, misconceptions about Acupuncture are being challenged by treatments done in the Acupuncture Clinics for Obesity. The ratio of responding obese patients may not be much, compared to other treatments like Insomnia, Gastritis, Head aches, Migraine and Menstrual disorders; however Obesity associated with Hormonal imbalances, high lipid profile, Menstrual disorders and other factors responds very well and even miraculous results have turned out.
Gravity and Humidity result in an accumulation of fluids and adipose fat around the waist, belly and rumps with an overweight. Besides, there is a potential danger to the internal passages, Veins, Ducts and ultimately the most important Arteries. Progressive Atherosclerosis and Hypertension with complications like Vertigo or otherwise Triglyceride elevation will further lead to a Coronary risk.
Strategic Acupuncture visualizes this condition akin to sludge and the treatment is pointed at unbinding the moisture through Diuresis by activating the Renal input and activity through the stimulation of strategic command points of the Spleen-Pancreas and the Kidney channels. The internal climate and the patient’s modalities (responses) to Hot and Cold environment are well determined before commencement of the premeditated treatment.
The surplus extra cellular fluid should be dispelled first, before burning the excess adipose layers. This calls for a step by step treatment with Acupuncture, Moxibustion (Certain Acu points are warmed up by the tip of an ignited Herbal Cigar known as Moxa cigar), Dietary supplements, Walking, Steam bath and other exercises all integrated into the day to day life, with a commitment from both sides.
Oxidative stress results in diversion of an important Pathway known as Pentose Phosphate Pathway (PPP) which is sensitive to Thermodynamic conditions within the system and the responses of the system to external weather. Oxidative process in the Mitochondria and the Fatty acid synthesis in the Cytoplasm are two opposing arms of the PP pathway. Therefore it is quite lucid that Bio availability of Oxygen is one essential factor for treatment of obesity.
Adipose tissue lipoprotein lipase levels are altered by insulin secretion and irregular dietary habits, including bulk feeding after a starvation. One such novel hormone Adiponectin, is supposed to be increased by Acupuncture and Moxibustion during treatment, resulting in break down of lipids into fatty acids, leading to Weight loss.