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Acupuncture, which is known to be especially effective for weight loss in our country, is used in the treatment of many diseases. Especially its effect on waist, back, neck and knee pain is known and used all over the world. Its effects in pain treatment have been proven by various scientific publications in the world.

How does acupuncture work?

This method, which has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years, has been studied by Western scientists and has been widely used in all Western countries.

When the effect of acupuncture is investigated, it has been shown that it enables the release of conductive substances and hormones present in the body. There are points in both the ear and the body that release these substances. In this way, it may be possible to relieve pain without using any medication or by using less medication for a shorter period of time and in smaller doses.

These released substances are substances already present in our body that need to be released for treatment in case of illness in accordance with the purpose of the medication. Serotonin, endorphins and cortisol, which are readily available in our body, help both therapeutic effect and pain relief. Apart from these, many other hormones can be released through acupuncture after determining the need. Where to release them in acupuncture has been known for many years. These points can be stimulated with gold, silver or steel needles, electricity or laser.

The important thing is diagnosis. The important point here is to fully reveal the patient’s complaints, to reveal the substance that the patient lacks by using examination and diagnostic methods, by following the rules of acupuncture. The good thing here is to fulfill the regulation (internal order) in the patient’s body.

Acupuncture should not only be used for weight loss. Its effect in weight loss is to reduce the stress of the person during the diet, to reduce appetite and to increase compliance with the diet. If the diet is not followed and energy consumption is not increased by movement, it is not realistic to expect this from acupuncture alone. In fact, this method, which is very supportive of the diet, is therefore wasted in a sense. The important thing is to establish healthy eating habits and discipline.

In addition, the points stimulated are very similar to the points known as trigger points in the body. 70-80% of them are points that have been known as trigger points in western medicine for years. In addition, many of the motor points of the muscles we use in muscle strengthening are acupuncture points. For these reasons, acupuncture treatment after the examination we perform by evaluating the patient’s complaints and background is an extremely effective method.