Ear acupuncture could help aid weight loss

Natural Health News – A new study shows that auricular acupuncture can help shed the pounds [

what is more, the small study published online in acupuncture in medicine found that the use of continuous stimulation five acupoints can be best to reduce abdominal fat that stimulation of a single point.

auricular acupuncture therapy is based on the understanding that the outer ear represents all parts of the body. It was first used in France in 1956 by Dr. Paul Nogier who realized that back pain a patient was cured after s / he suffered a burn on his ear.

Since then, the approach has been used to treat drug addiction and help people quit smoking and lose weight.

The researchers compared five Korean acupuncture points on the outer ear: Shen-men (divine door); spleen, stomach, hunger and endocrine – and at one point (hunger) -. with sham treatment in 91 adults are overweight (BMI of 23 or more)


was asked participants to follow a restrictive (but not weight loss) diet and not to take any exercise Extra during the period of eight weeks of treatment.

Thirty-one people were randomized for treatment of five points, which involved the insertion of acupuncture needles 2 mm deep in the outer ear. These were held in place with surgical tape for a week, after which the same treatment was applied to the other ear, with more than eight weeks process is repeated.

Another 30 people were assigned to the same treatment process, but just when one of hunger. A further 30 were given sham treatment -. With the same process and time scales, but with the disposal of needles immediately after insertion

BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass, body fat percentage and blood pressure is measured all at the beginning and end of treatment, and in four weeks, to see what acupuncture could have an impact.

better than placebo

Twenty-four people left before eight weeks were up, 15 of which were in the sham group, suggesting that perhaps it was more difficult to regulate your desire to eat and to cope with the restrictive diet, according to the authors.

However, among those who remained throughout the period, significant differences were evident after only four weeks, the treatment group with 5 points showing a 6.1% reduction in BMI and the treatment group 1 point showing a reduction of 5.7% compared to the sham group (among which there was a reduction in body mass index).

Weight also differed significantly after four weeks in both active treatment groups compared to the sham group.

waist circumference decreased, with the biggest drop seen in the treatment group 5 points compared to the sham group, although this difference disappeared after taking into account age.

measures body fat also dropped after eight weeks, but only in those who received treatment 5 points. There were no significant differences in blood pressure between the groups.

The authors conclude that both five one point approaches can help treat overweight, but the five-point approach may be more appropriate to address abdominal fat.

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