Most of us carry a few extra pounds. Nearly all of us carrying those extra pounds is on the hunt for a quick, easy way to lose weight and keep it off. Unfortunately, there is no magic herb or acupuncture point that can accomplish this.
At East Lake Acupuncture we only accept weight management patients who have already made lifestyle changes (dietary changes, drinking enough water and exercising). This is because those things can typically be done at home for free, or because you may require specialized support such as a formal weight loss program.
Many of us need help getting started on a healthy meal plan and figuring out how to calculate their nutritional needs. If you fall into this category, we recommend visiting a medical weight loss center, or joining a program such as Weight Watchers, Nutri-System, etc., or finding a Keto coach. Those are all great places to start.
With the exception of traditional Chinese food therapy and basic nutrition, we do not create tailored meal or exercise plans, and would refer out to a dietician and/or personal trainer.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR OUR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM?
If you have already made the necessary lifestyle changes and you still cannot seem to lose the weight, that's where we come in. We work with you to trouble shoot the reasons for this, and then work with you to correct the the underlying conditions preventing you from achieving your weight loss goals.
All our weight management visits start with a comprehensive TCM evaluation and include lab work.
First, we check your hormones. This will involve some blood work, but will consist primarily of hormone metabolite testing through a specialty lab.
These comprehensive tests are performed through urinalysis and may or may not be covered by insurance. Should your insurance not cover these tests, the lab offers reduced fees.
Depending on the results of your hormone panels, as well as your unique symptoms, we may require additional testing for food allergies, digestive disorders, metabolic panels, etc. We may need to refer you to another specialist to help manage your care.
Because we only take patients who have already made the classic lifestyle changes in their efforts to manage their weight, treatment typically involves a combination of acupuncture, herbs, supplements, and possibly hormone replacement therapy and referral to an endocrinologist or functional medicine practioner. Click HERE to secure your comprehensive weight Loss evaluation today.
Weight Management Treatments
Acupuncture - To help reduce cravings, improve digestion, increase energy, reduce stress reactions in the body, improve mood, improve sleep, and manage pain to allow you to increase physical activity. Click HERE to learn more about acupuncture.
Lipotropic Fat Loss Injections
These are not weight loss injections. These "vitamin" shots aid in the detoxification of the liver and other processes involved in the breakdown of fat in the body. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE INJECTIONS
Tiny needles, or pressure beads installed on the ears to aid in reduction of cravings, improved digestion, etc. Used to boost the effects of acupuncture. CICK HERE FOR MORE INFO and HERE TO PURCHASE.
Nutrition, Herbs, and Hormone Replacement Therapies
Most weight loss care plans will include a combination of herbs, supplements, and in some cases, hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Some cases will require a referral to an endocrinologist. All weight loss journeys at East Lake Acupuncture begin with a comprehensive evaluation. Click HERE for details.
The only way to know if hormones are in balance is to test them. Therefore, it’s vital to use a lab that understands subtle differences between testing mediums, and has both the experience and technology to deliver the most accurate results, which is why we use ZRT and Physician's Labs.
Saliva and urine samples taken throughout the day, present a larger picture to the physician of a patient’s overall hormone balance. Traditional blood tests merely provide a snapshot of a patient’s total hormone level at a moment in time with blood, or over a 15 minute period with
While the reliability of saliva testing has been questioned in the past, that is outdated information. Current research studies suggest that urine and saliva tests are highly reliable, and saliva tests are quickly becoming the preferred method of testing by many physicians, especially those specializing in hormones.