Ear acupuncture aids weight loss by suppressing appetite-inducing peptide
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture may aid weight loss by reducing appetite through suppression of the production of ghrelin, an appetite-inducing peptide. Japanese investigators randomly assigned 10 healthy volunteers to either real acupuncture or placebo groups. Two auricular points – Hunger and Stomach – were used because of their purported action on regulating satiety. In the real acupuncture group, intradermal needles were inserted bilaterally and left in position for one week. In the placebo group, the intradermal needles were fixed in place over the same two points without piercing the skin. Needles were replaced on a weekly basis for one month. The results showed that there was a statistically significant change in body weight after one week of treatment in all participants in the acupuncture group. In addition, the results showed that, whereas all of the participants in the placebo group showed an increase in early morning fasting ghrelin levels, this increase was suppressed after one week of acupuncture.
This was a pilot study, so the participant number was small. It does provide evidence of how Ear Acupuncture can help reduce weight by suppressing a person’s appetite. Hopefully this evidence will mean a largely more conclusive study will be performed in the near future to confirm the findings. This does not mean you will starve yourself, it means you will have less cravings and reduce the desire to over eat.
I personally always combine these ear points with body points to help stabilise the metabolism to aid in weight loss.
The effects of auricular acupuncture on weight reduction and feeding-related cytokines: a pilot study. BMJ Open Gastroenterol. 2015 Feb 9;2(1):e000013.