Acupuncture Treatment for Obesity

This study examines the effects of acupuncture in treatment of obesity.
This is mostly interesting to qualified acupuncturists, medical professionals and erudites that are interested in the science behind acupuncture.

Cabyoglu MT, et al. Department of Physiology, Selcuk University, Faculty of Meram Medical, Konya, Turkey. tugcab@yahoo.com

The present study is an investigation of the results of the studies on the effects of acupuncture application therapy on obesity. It has been reported that acupuncture application in obesity treatment is effective in procuring weight loss. It can affect appetite, intestinal motility, and metabolism, as well as emotional factors such as stress. Increases in neural activity in the ventromedial nuclei of the hypothalamus, in tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach and in levels of enkephalin, beta endorphin, and serotonin in plasma and brain tissue have also been observed with the application of acupuncture. It has been observed that acupuncture application to obese people increases excitability of the satiety center in the ventromedial nuclei of the hypothalamus. Acupuncture stimulates the auricular branch of the vagal nerve and raises serotonin levels. Both of these activities have been shown to increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach, thus suppressing appetite. Among other things, serotonin enhances intestinal motility. It also controls stress and depression via endorphin and dopamine production. In addition to these effects, it is thought that the increase in plasma levels of beta endorphin after acupuncture application can contribute to the body weight loss in obese people by mobilizing the body energy depots through lipolithic effect.

Int J Neurosci. 2006 Feb;116(2):165-75.

Source: PubMed

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the acupuncture could work independently for obesity. I ve tried everything except this . wish it were the answer to my prayers,

  • vitalis.co.nz

    Hello Preet,
    Acupuncture will help independently. However, if you want it to make a significant difference you will have to combine acupuncture with sensible lifestyle (i.e. exercise and diet). Acupuncture regulates dopamine, so it is heaps easier to stick to the diet when you are having acu.