Acupuncture Helps with Weight Loss and Insulin Levels

iStock_000009107071_ExtraSmallFunda Güçel, Burak Bahar, Canan Demirtas, Setenay Mit, and Cemal Çevik,

“Influence of Acupuncture on Leptin, Ghrelin, Insulin and Cholecystokinin in Obese Women: A Randomised, Sham-controlled Preliminary Trial,”

Acupuncture in Medicine, vol. 30 (3): 203-207, 2012. doi:10.1136/acupmed-2012-010127

In this trial comparing biweekly acupuncture and sham acupuncture treatments in obese women over 5 weeks, researchers found that, “acupuncture treatment decreased insulin and leptin levels and induced weight loss, together with a decrease in BMI compared with sham acupuncture,” and that, “between – group analyses demonstrated increases in plasma ghrelin and CCK [cholecystokinin] levels in subjects who received acupuncture treatment.”

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