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Outer Ear Acupuncture Effective At Reducing BMI, Abdominal Fat

December 16, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Korean researchers who looked at the impact of outer ear acupuncture on weight loss found that  five points seemed to reduce abdominal fat a little better than only one point. During the eight-week study, 91 overweight participants followed a careful, but not a weight loss, diet without extra exercise, and received either 5-point, 1-point or sham acupuncture treatment. Significant differences were apparent after four weeks: active treatment groups showed a 6.1 percent (5-point treatment) in BMI and reduction in abdominal fat, while 5.7 percent (1-point treatment) experienced a reduction in BMI. The sham treatment group experienced no reduction in BMI.
S. Yeo et al., "Randomised clinical trial of five ear acupuncture points for the treatment of overweight people", Acupuncture in Medicine, December 16, 2013, © British Medical Acupuncture Society
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