Are you someone who struggles to maintain a healthy weight? If so, it’s likely a battle you’ve been fighting your whole life. Contrary to popular belief, losing weight is not simply a matter of eating well and exercising hard. There many different lifestyle, genetic, and medical factors that play a role in how easy or difficult it is for someone to lose weight – and keep it off. But there are tools at your disposable that you might not have considered yet, especially through alternative medicine. Holistic methods might not be widely accepted in the scientific community, but their anecdotal support is undeniable. Acupuncture is one such tool that you might consider trying if other, more traditional methods have failed you. Can Acupuncture Help You Lose Weight? Acupuncture has been touted as both a treatment and cure for every ailment from chronic pain to addiction. The theory behind acupuncture states that when the body is healthy, qi, or life force, flows freely. The insertion of needles into key points over the body can help clear energy blockages and provide relief from any variety of maladies. But can acupuncture help with weight loss? Some research has indicated that it can. The acupuncture points for weight loss are located on the outer ear, and have been linked to metabolism and hunger cues. When a person receives acupuncture treatment to lose weight, five to six different needles are inserted into the outer ear. (Don’t worry – they don’t come anywhere near the inside of the ear!) What can you expect when you receive this kind of acupuncture? Many people have reported having a decreased appetite, so they are able to reduce their overall caloric intake. In addition, it can help you to stay on track by eating healthier foods. Recipients of this type of acupuncture have also reported fewer cravings not only for sweets, but also for alcohol and cigarettes. It has also been suggested that stimulating these points on the outer ear can help to speed the metabolism. Placebo Effect While there is some research and plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the use of acupuncture for weight loss, it has yet to be solidly proven as a method for weight loss. But even science admits that the placebo effect can be quite powerful. And acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress, which is often a key factor in both weight gain and loss. So if you’ve tried everything and you believe that acupuncture could help you to lose weight, it’s definitely worth a try.