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Complement Ther Med. 2014 Feb;22(1):21-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2013.10.002. Epub 2013 Oct 31.

The effects of auricular electroacupuncture on obesity in female patients--a prospective randomized placebo-controlled pilot study.

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1
Department of Special Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Electronic address: regina.schukro@meduniwien.ac.at.
2
Department of Surgery, General Hospital Steyr, Steyr, Austria.
3
Department of Special Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy, Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
4
Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics, and Intelligent Systems, Medical University Vienna, Austria.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Obesity is a chronic condition related to serious morbidity and mortality of increasing incidence and prevalence. Several studies show a significantly higher weight loss with acupuncture treatment. This is the first prospective, randomized, double-blinded study, testing the effects of auricular electroacupuncture on weight loss in obese female patients.

METHODS:

56 female obese patients (age>18, Body Mass Index, BMI>25) were randomized to receive either auricular acupuncture with electrical stimulation with a P-Stim® device (verum group, n=28) or placebo treatment with a P-Stim® dummy (n=28) for four days. Three auricular acupuncture points were chosen (hunger 18, stomach 87 and colon 91). The treatment was performed once a week for a period of six weeks. A follow-up visit was performed after 4 weeks. At each visit body weight, BMI (Body Mass Index) and body fat were measured.

RESULTS:

Relative reduction of body weight was significantly greater in the verum group (-3.73%; CI=-4.70 to -2.76) than in the placebo group (-0.70%; CI=-1.57 to +0.16; p<0.001) In addition we also observed a significant reduction of BMI (p<0.001) in the verum group (-3.62%; CI=-4.39 to -2.84) compared to placebo (-0.82%; CI=-1.55 to -0.10; p<0.001). No patient reported side effects related to acupuncture.

CONCLUSION:

In conclusion electrical auricular acupuncture could be a safe, additive, non-pharmacological treatment in obese patients.

KEYWORDS:

Auricular acupuncture; Electroacupuncture; Obesity

PMID:
24559812
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2013.10.002
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