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Shed holiday weight gain with ear acupuncture

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Ear acupuncture has been shown to produce significant loss of weight by Sujung Yeo, Kang Sik Kim, and Sabina Lim, all with the Graduate College of Basic Korean Medical Science at Kyung Hee University, in Seoul, South Korea, in a report in the Dec. 16, 2013, issue of the journal Acupuncture in Medicine.

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The researchers treated 91 adults with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 23. The participants were divided into three groups. One group had acupuncture in one ear, the second group had acupuncture in both ears, and the third group had no acupuncture.

All three groups followed a restricted diet that was not designed to produce weight loss and were asked not to increase their exercise routines if they had any.

The participants that had acupuncture in both ears had a 6.1 percent decrease in BMI after eight weeks of continuous acupuncture. The same group showed a significant weight reduction and loss of body fat.

Weight gain due to overindulgence is a holiday tradition and subsequent resolutions to go on a diet in the upcoming year usually fail and only last for a few weeks on average.

Ear acupuncture may be the route to losing holiday weight that works. The method was discovered in 1956 by Dr. Paul Nogier in France and has proven effective in other weight loss studies.

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