Acupuncture is said to have many health benefits – and now you can add weight loss into that list. There have been a few studies that suggest acupuncture can help people lose weight. However, it is to note that it is a supplementary therapy, so you don’t have to abandon your weight loss diet and exercising and simply rely on acupuncture.
The treatment to shed some pounds is to have acupuncture done on the ear. According to researchers from South Korea at the Kyung Hee University, acupuncture can indeed help a person lose weight by lowering his or her BMI. Acupuncture will have to be performed on five points on the external part of the ear though and not just at a single point or any part of the ear.
The research was done in such a way that the researchers did the five point acupuncture on overweight adults. All of the participants were asked to stick to a strict diet. After the study, it was discovered that those who received the treatment had a 6.1% reduction in their BMI in just eight weeks. The researchers also performed the single point acupuncture where the participants also had a BMI reduction, but with only 5.7% loss. Meanwhile, those who received the sham acupuncture in which the needles were placed at random spots in the ear did not experience a decrease in the BMI.
Why is Ear Acupuncture Effective?
This type of acupuncture is known as auricular acupuncture in which the concept is that the external ear is a representation of every part of your body. These parts even include your internal organs, so when the acupuncture treatment is performed, those parts will respond to the therapy. Although there is not much explanation about how it works, many other experts support the claim. According to the director of integrative pain management in New York City’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the treatment is effective because it can help suppress your appetite. Although it is unclear how it works, you can think of the point of view of Easter medicine when it comes to acupuncture in which it maintains the balance of the body. The treatment itself can correct imbalance and when this happens, you will eventually stop overeating.
More Acupuncture Points
Aside from the ear, there are acupuncturists that incorporate ear acupuncture with other points in the body. There are actually points in the ear that relate to medical treatments, such as those for pituitary, ovary, adrenal, and thyroid. These points have their own benefits for weight loss. For instance, adrenal and ovary points in the ear can help those whose weight gain is due to premenstrual syndrome or menopause.