Research: WOZNIAK and colleagues,

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Abstract

WOZNIAK and colleagues, Specjalistycznej Przychodni ICZMP w Lodzi, have assessed the effectiveness of acupuncture to reduce weight in conjunction with a low-calorie diet in women.

Background

The aim of the study was to compare low-calorie diet combined with acupuncture with low-calorie diet alone in the treatment of obese peri-and postmenopausal women.

Methodology

33 women were put on a low-calorie diet (1200-1500 kcal per day) for 6 months. 36 women were put on the same diet but additionally treated with acupuncture twice weekly for 6 weeks. The same acupoints were treated in all women.

Results

Women in the acupuncture group lost an average of 12.8 kg of weight, and their body mass index reduced by 5.0 kg/m2 . This compares favourably to the women on diet alone who lost in average 8.4 kg or weight and reduced their body mass index by 3.3 kg/m2 (p = 0.01).

Conclusion

Acupuncture is a useful adjunct to low-calorie diet for the treatment of obesity.

References

Wozniak P, Oszukowski P, Stachowiak G, Szyllo K. The effectiveness of low-calorie diet or diet with acupuncture treatment in obese peri-and postmenopausal women. Ginekologia Polska 74 (20): 102-107, Feb 2003.

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