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J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2016 Apr;9(2):49-57. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2015.09.002. Epub 2015 Oct 3.

Herbal Acupuncture for the Treatment of Obesity.

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1
Department of Pathology, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea.
2
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea.
3
Department of Medicine Consilience, Dankook University, Yongin, South Korea. Electronic address: choish@dankook.ac.kr.
4
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea. Electronic address: hydrolee@korea.com.

Abstract

Obesity is the state of excessive body fat accumulation and is mainly caused by consuming more calories than are burned through physical activity. Herbal acupuncture (HA), also known as pharmacopuncture, has been increasingly used in clinics of Korean medical to alleviate obesity. This review analyzed four clinical studies and 16 animal studies on the effectiveness of HA as a treatment for obesity. Clinical evidence suggests that various kinds of HA might be beneficial for treating obesity; however, further investigations with well-designed, evidence-based, randomized clinical trials are needed. Animal studies support the idea that HA might be beneficial for the treatment of obesity and provide possible mechanisms, such as anti-inflammation, antioxidation, modulating lipid metabolism and so on, to explain the effect of HA on obesity. This review, based on the evidence collected, suggests that HA could have a beneficial effect for alleviating obesity by modulating inflammation, oxidative stress, lipid metabolism, leptin, and the insulin signal.

KEYWORDS:

herbal acupuncture; obesity; pharmacopuncture

PMID:
27079225
DOI:
10.1016/j.jams.2015.09.002
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