Research has shown that placing five acupuncture needles in the outer part of the ear may help people to lose extra weight and the ear acupuncture therapy is based on the assumption that the ear represents all body parts. It is good to note that one kind of acupuncture uses a needle inserted into the area that can be linked to hunger, the other method includes inserting five needles at various points in the ear, and some studies have shown that the hunger acupuncture point is an excellent choice in terms of convenience. For people that have obesity then the continuous stimulation of the five acupuncture points have to be used because the effectiveness of the acupuncture effectiveness of obese people is closely related to metabolic function and increasing metabolism promoted the breakdown of the overall body fat.
In a certain study, researchers examined the effect of ear acupuncture with sham acupuncture on obese females and researchers found no statistical variation in body weight and waist circumference between the acupuncture cohort and the placebo cohort. In another study, the researchers compared the acupuncture of five points on the outer year with a one-point acupuncture, and they selected 91 overweight participants to five-point acupuncture, sham (placebo) or one point acupuncture (hunger) treatment and the respondents were told to follow a restricted diet that was not tailored for weight loss.
In the course of the study, two dozen patients dropped out of the study and among those that completed the study there were great differences in weight loss among the groups and at one month those receiving five-point treatment had a 6.1 percent reduction in weight compared with 5.7% reduction among the participants treated with one needle and there was no weight loss among the respondents that received the sham treatment. The biggest drop was noted in waist size among people that got a five-point treatment compared with sham therapy, and the amount of body fat decreased in those that received the five-point treatment.
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It is good to note that both one-point and five point approaches indicated a significant effect on treating the obese patients and reductions in the values that are related to obesity such as weight circumference measurements and weight as compared to the sham group. The five-point acupuncture treatment method caused the greatest decrease in waist circumference showing that method can be considered as the main treatment method to decrease central obesity as opposed to the hunger acupuncture point of temporary stimulation of the five acupuncture areas. As per one of the leading organizations on acupuncture, these treatments cost between $75-$125 and some insurance companies can cover the cost.A Beginners Guide To Acupuncturists