Clinical study shows that acupuncture promotes weight loss through changes in hormones related to appetite.
Researchers demonstrated an average decrease of 6.4 lbs and 1.43 BMI (body mass index) over 5 weeks in 40 overweight women receiving acupuncture without changes in diet or exercise. Participants attended two sessions of 20 min/week for a total of 10 sessions. Investigators also found decreases in insulin and leptin levels and increases in plasma ghrelin and CCK levels (hormones associated with appetite, satiety, and blood sugar regulation) in the acupuncture group. Based on the results, the researchers concluded that acupuncture is an effective treatment to support weight loss in patients with obesity.
According to the authors, "These findings suggest that acupuncture may help to regulate weight owing to its beneficial effects on hormones such as insulin, leptin, ghrelin and CCK in obese subjects even after a few weeks of treatment."
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Güçel F, Bahar B, Demirtas C, Mit S, Cevik C. Influence of acupuncture on leptin, ghrelin, insulin and cholecystokinin in obese women: a randomised, sham-controlled preliminary trial. Acupunct Med. 2012 Sep;30(3):203-7.