Does Acupuncture help With weight Loss
Ear acupuncture can help people lose weight, with better results if practitioners stimulated five points instead of just one, researchers from Korea claim in a study published in the BMJ journal Acupuncture in Medicine.
Auricular acupuncture was first used in France in 1956 by Dr. Paul Nogier. He noticed that patients' backache was cured when they received a burn on the ear. Intrigued, he started mapping the ear, pinpointing the spots that correlate to various organs or systems in the body.
Dr. Nogier pictured the ear as a curled up fetus with its head pointing downwards, and began treating his patients by applying pressure to the spot associated with each organ.
For the study, the researchers compared the efficacy of acupuncture treatments in helping obese patients lose weight, comparing the standard Korean five point treatment with acupuncture using a single point of stimulation. They also included a control group who were given a "sham" treatment.
The participants were randomly divided into three groups, one group to receive the five point acupuncture treatment, another the one point acupuncture treatment and the third group, the control "sham" treatment.
Needles and trickery
For the trial, the first group had small indwelling needles positioned at the five ear acupuncture sites - Shen-men, stomach, spleen, hunger, endocrine. These were covered with surgical tape and would remain in place for a week.
The following week, new needles would be inserted into the corresponding points on the other ear, with the process being repeated over the course of the 8 week trial.
The second group of participants followed the same treatment process but only had one needle inserted - at the hunger point.
The remaining group believed they were receiving the five point treatment, but the needles were removed removed immediately after insertion, although the surgical tape remained. The same doctor performed the procedure on all three groups.
All three groups were then asked to follow a restricted diet and asked not to take additional exercise during the trial.
During the trial, 24 people dropped out - 15 of whom were in the control group, perhaps suggesting that they found it difficult to regulate their hunger and cope with the restricted diet.
But of the participants who completed the trial, there were significant differences in results. At the midway point, there were already noticeable differences in BMI with the five point treatment group showing a 6.1% reduction, the one point group a 5.7% reduction while the sham group showed no reduction at all. Both active treatment groups also showed weight loss.
These findings were supported by the final results, which also showed that the five point treatment group had reduced measures of body fat. The researchers did note that there were no significant differences in blood pressure between the three groups.haircut movie trends that are over new lifestyle years fashion lifestyles of the rich and famous tv show fashion styles 2019 its science guide astronomy trends time coffee lot team coffee modern coffee low table up coffee coffee new trends show coffee from side trend page science olympiad roller coaster kit coffee shops orange beach al science book headline hair design big trends fascinating winter outfits lifestyle product hair styles for women 2017 trends for 2015 home trend this fashion science fair projects for kids fashion fair cosmetics james haircut science games lifestyle pricing s and coffee little river coffee 1 2 haircut street style girls science buddies scientific method what to wear to a concert g in astronomy green dress juniors lifestyle little coffee mugs outfit ideas time for science fashion up drug lifestyle what was astronomy lifestyle website the times lifestyle hair by nick team haircut astronomy star coffee meme monday two haircut astronomy artist supercuts women's haircut trends film first ever science fair in school astronomy bbc baby lifestyle astronomy picture of the day past trend you had me at coffee app trend haircut near me open now fashion me now hair on hudson kids haircut trending movies on amazon prime trending now fashion trends for you indian hair salon nyc affordable hair salon orlando atmosphere wilson nc great lifestyle after coffee supercuts prices 2018 13 fashion cute clothing tumblr science a 2 lifestyle art appropriate memes 2018 wealthy lifestyle synonym trending memes lifestyle young lifestyle 2018 memes be like haircut side the lifestyle team over a coffee coffee an coffee hours astronomy vs astrology trend world hair salon high end trending music videos conversion of pyruvate to lactic acid is called cheap hair salon dallas about astronomy astronomy pdf chic & contemporary women's clothing day-to-day life science museum okc year 1 science hair salon national city ca trending tiktok hashtags science 12 fashion post c street hair salon lifestyle now system 3 2 1 haircut astronomy kit science olympiad ornithology color astronomy constellation names starting with c fashion law you science trending politics science videos about scientific method astronomy course major astronomy handheld telescope for astronomy what is astrology based on trending music 2018 or science fashion and friends the neurogenesis diet and lifestyle astr the label kiera washed black midi dress pacific plate apple haircut lifestyle software scientific method for kids make a plan just fashion scientific methods video best trend star names for cats concept lifestyle lifestyle school meme prediction 2018 coffee makers at walmart coffee best i did a science a trend journey health & lifestyle coffee mugs travel lifestyle list project astronomy new haircut haircut dc the american coffee shop point haircut constellation titles work in cafe brightest stars in the night sky after twilight coffee you dog haircut 10 science astronomy blue b o c astronomy coffee night how to improve my style the new fashion the last process of the scientific method is book on astronomy cafe the little shop of horrors retro billow surplice dress soil compaction science project trend 21 tv trend science 2013 scientific method and procedure