Shelley Werner, Licensed Acupuncturist
1431 Town & Country Dr, Suite C, Santa Rosa, CA 95404


Many clients come to me receive acupuncture for pain relief. Frequently, while I am treating them for their painful condition, I am asked if I could put a needle in the point used for weight loss. We laugh, and agree how great that would be if there was a point that would magically help us to be at the weight we desire.

In 2012, over 60 billion dollars were spent on “losing” weight including fad diets; supplements; health clubs; artificial sweeteners and diet soft drinks; low fat and low calorie prepared foods; all the way to stomach size reduction surgery. An estimated 108 million American adults were dieting in 2012, 85% percent of those consuming weight-loss products and services are female. Dieters typically make four to five attempts per year to “lose” weight.

Yet with all this $60 billion spent, in September 2012, Reuters published a report by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that projects that half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030 unless Americans change their ways. We are gaining weight instead of losing weight. It seems what is being done for weight loss isn’t working. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. We need to change what we are doing to something different. A way of being that is self affirming as well as health affirming.


Lack of a positive self image can contribute to our overeating and eating comfort foods. We look it the mirror and notice all our flaws and dwell upon them. Interesting how this gets our attention more than how good we look. Frequently, I am reminded about the scene in the movie, “What the Bleep”. The actress is looking in the full-length mirror, criticizing herself, and she sees herself, in the mirror, getting fatter and fatter (the viewer sees her body hasn’t changed).

The words “weight loss” concerns me. It implies that weight could also be found. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case for many people. Nearly all dieters (90-95%) regain the weight they lost within one to five years. “Weight releasing” seems better terminology to me. Perhaps, it is time to release old habits, thoughts and attitudes and choose foods, thoughts, and words which enhance our bodies and health.


My thoughts on what could be a reliable “weight releasing” plan is as follows. Eating organically grown food, mostly fruits and vegetables, whole grains & free-range or organic meat, is most important. Acupuncture, herbal supplements, exercise and positive affirmations are complimentary and enhancing to health and well-being. Diets, for the majority of people, do not work. You gain a sense of self worth by changing lifestyles that allows the beauty of who you are to emerge and be seen.