Acupuncture for Weight Loss: Effective or a Waste of Time?

You’ve likely heard that acupuncture can help with issues like muscle pain, migraines, and anxiety. But did you know that this ancient practice of pricking could also help with weight loss? We’re listening.

According to Manhattan-based holistic doctor and acupuncturist Julie Von, for many women, over-exercising and calorie limitations only increase weight gain, especially if there are hormonal, adrenal, or thyroid issues. So to achieve weight loss, the body needs to be treated as a whole, which is what traditional Chinese medicine is all about—and acupuncture can play a big role.

Ahead, we turned to Von and acupuncturist and owner of Vie Healing in Beverly Hills, Mona Dan, to learn more about how acupuncture for weight loss works. Keep scrolling for answers to questions like how often should you get it done and how much does it costs.