|Effect of acupuncture on weight loss evaluated by adrenal
Liu Z, Sun F, Li J, Wang Y, Hu K.
Nanjing College of TCM.
In order to understand the relationship between patients' adrenal function and
simple obesity and effect of acupuncture on it, the obesity indices, lipid
indices, fasting blood-glucose, noradrenaline, dopamine, adrenalin and cortisol
were observed. The results indicated that patients with simple obesity had
hypofunction of the sympathetic-adrenal system and the
hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal system. Acupuncture treatment not only affected
weight loss but also enhanced functioning of the two systems, suggesting that
the effect of acupuncture on weight loss may be produced by enhancing the
functions of both the sympathetic-adrenal system and the
PMID: 8246584 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
- The effectiveness of low-calorie diet or diet with
acupuncture treatment in obese peri- and postmenopausal women]
[Article in Polish]
Wozniak P, Oszukowski P, Stachowiak G, Szyllo K.
Specjalistycznej Przychodni ICZMP w Lodzi.
OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to compare the efficacy of low calorie diet and low
calorie diet applied together with acupuncture in treatment of obesity in peri-
and postmenopausal women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty nine obese peri- and
postmenopausal women qualified for hormone replacement therapy were divided
into two groups. Women from the first group (n = 33) during six months used a
low calorie slimming diet: 1000 kcal below daily energy requirement (1200-1500
kcal per day on the average), 5-6 meals a day, consisted of proteins in
10-15%, fat in 25% and carbohydrates in 60-65%. The second group (n = 36)
during this period had the same kind of diet as well as one cycle of six-week
acupuncture procedures. Each cycle consisted of 12 procedures (2 per week).
Following acupuncture points were applied: -GV 20 (Baihui), CV 12 (Zhongwan),
ST 36 (Zusanli), ST 21 (Liangmen), ST 25 (Tianshu), LIV3 (Taichong), LIV 13 (Zhangen),
P 6 (Neiguan), H 7 (Shenmen); auriculotherapy--55 (Shenmen), 87 (Stomach).
RESULTS: In the first group on the low calorie slimming diet mean body weight
decreased from 85.48 +/- 8.48 kg to 77.07 +/- 7.7 kg (BMI dropped from 33.23
+/- 1.90 kg/m2 to 29.95 +/- 1.66 kg/m2) during six-week period (p < 0.001). In
the second group (acupuncture together with a low calorie diet) decreased mean
body weight from 85.5 +/- 5.99 kg to 72.68 +/- 6.06 kg (BMI dropped from 33.54
+/- 1.77 kg/m2 to 28.51 +/- 2.00 kg/m2) at the same time (p < 0.001). The mean
drop of body weight as well as BMI was significantly higher in the group
treated with acupuncture and slimming diet (12.81 +/- 2.85 kg and 5.03 +/-
1.08 kg/m2) than in the low calorie diet group (8.41 +/- 2.02 kg and 3.28 +/-
0.78 kg/m2); p < 0.01. CONCLUSIONS: 1. Our results testify to the higher
efficacy of the complex low calorie diet and acupuncture treatment in
comparison to the low calorie therapy in the lowering of BMI and body weight.
2. Acupuncture seems to be an additional useful healing method in treatment of
- Clinical Trial
- Controlled Clinical Trial
PMID: 12715418 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
- Stimulation of auricular acupuncture points in weight
Richards D, Marley J.
Department of General Practice, University of Adelaide, South Australia.
OBJECTIVE: Many overweight people are aware that diets can help with weight
loss but have difficulty in suppressing their appetite. Acupuncture stimulates
the auricular branch of the vagal nerve and raises serotonin levels, both of
which have been shown to increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach,
thus suppressing appetite. The aim of this study was to determine the
effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation of specific
auricular acupuncture points on appetite suppression. METHODS: Sixty
overweight subjects, randomly divided into an active and a control group, used
the AcuSlim device twice daily for four weeks. The active group attached the
AcuSlim to the acupuncture ear points shenmen and stomach, whereas the control
group attached the device to their thumb where there are no acupuncture
points. The goal of a 2 kg weight loss was set and changes in appetite and
weight were reported after four weeks. RESULTS: Of those who responded, 95% of
the active group noticed suppression of appetite, whereas none of the control
group noticed such a change. None of the control group lost the required 2 kg,
with only 4 subjects losing any weight at all. Both the number of subjects who
lost weight and the mean weight loss were significantly higher in the active
group (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Frequent stimulation of specific auricular
acupuncture points is an effective method of appetite suppression which leads
to weight loss.
- Clinical Trial
- Controlled Clinical Trial
PMID: 9679359 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
The time-effect relationship of central action in
acupuncture treatment for weight reduction.
Zhao M, Liu Z, Su J.
Second Clinical College of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
PURPOSE: To study the time-effect relationship of action of acupuncture on the
satiety center of ventromedial nucleus of hypothalamus (VMH) in rats with
experimental obesity. METHODS: Microelectrode recording method of nerve cells
and stereotaxic technique for brain were adopted with discharge frequency (Hz/s)
of nerve impulse in VMH as the index, and the time-effect of acupuncture action
in different periods between groups were observed. RESULTS: Electric activity in
acupuncture group was higher than in the obesity model group (P < 0.001) and the
normal group (P < 0.01) respectively, and the curve of acupuncture action within
2 hours showed irregular fluctuation. CONCLUSION: Acupuncture can increase
excitability of the satiety center, with a better long-term effect.
PMID: 10921165 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]