Ear acupuncture: Japan trial shows alternative medicine reduces obesity

perthnow.com.au -- May 18

Ear acupuncture can help people lose weight. A study conducted in Japan revealed that overweight and obese men lost over a stone on average after undergoing the procedure that involves strapping tiny beads to the ears.

The three-month trial saw 81 participants have six beads placed on their outer ears and fixed in place with surgical tape.

The beads were attached to pressure points that are believed to help control appetite which were replaced twice during hospital visits to make sure the pressure remained constant.

On average, the men lost 8kg and four per cent of their total body fat after taking part in the trial.

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