An ever increasing problem of our western culture is obesity. It is frightening how fast food, unhealthy lifestyles, media, insufficient exercise and the omnipresence of abundant food affect our population. Far too many children are already simply too fat away and thus more susceptible to secondary diseases such as diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.
Overweight is usually caused by the fact that food provides the body with more energy than it needs. But eating less causes problems for many overweight people. How nice it would be to simply “switch off” or regulate the disturbing appetite feeling that causes most binge eating? It is no longer a secret that acupuncture can make a significant contribution to weight loss.
What successes can be expected with acupuncture for weight loss?
The success in losing weight with acupuncture varies greatly from person to person. Acupuncture can have a positive effect on saturation when applied in the right places. This means that after a successful acupuncture treatment, one has a more subdued feeling of hunger and is therefore less prone to attacks of ravenous hunger.
There are people who react very positively to acupuncture and benefit from the treatment, for others this therapy is less effective. Nevertheless, the success of the treatment is strongly dependent on diet and exercise. In order to reduce severe overweight, more active measures are necessary.
Without a targeted change in diet and exercise, acupuncture will not lead to the desired weight in such people. Acupuncture for weight loss is suitable for people who lose a few fat pads and do not want to stick to a diet because they tend to snack. In these cases, a successful acupuncture therapy can help to avoid the unnecessary snacks and lose weight over a longer period of time.
What are the costs of acupuncture?
An acupuncture treatment costs between 30€ – 70€ per session, depending on the duration of treatment and the effort of the therapy. On average, a session lasts between 30 – 45 minutes. A prerequisite is that the doctor has proven that he has a correspondingly high-quality acupuncture training.
Does acupuncture for weight loss pay the health insurance?
In some cases , acupuncture is partially or even completely covered by public health insurance companies . Many private health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of acupuncture. For frequent complaints such as chronic back or knee joint problems, the costs are covered by most health insurance companies.
For acupuncture for weight loss, overweight should be given in the form of the diagnosis of obesity, so that the health insurance company will cover the therapy. For acupuncture for weight loss, there is no standardized cost coverage by the health insurance company as is the case with joint complaints. Therefore, to be on the safe side, one should contact the respective health insurance company before the respective treatment and obtain information regarding the reimbursement or assumption of costs. Furthermore, it is possible to take out a private supplementary insurance, which offers special rates for medical acupuncture and medical Chinese medicine therapy. These often include naturopathic treatment and homeopathy.