• Get Rid of Those Extra Pounds: Ear Acupuncture

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    Ear acupuncture can help shed the pounds, indicates a small study published online in Acupuncture in Medicine. Using continuous stimulation of five acupuncture points may be better at reducing abdominal fat (the midriff bulge) than single point stimulation, the findings suggest. Auricular acupuncture therapy is based on the understanding that the outer ear represents all parts of the body. It was first used in France in 1956 by Dr Paul Nogier who noticed that a patient's back-ache was cured after s/he sustained a burn on the ear.

    There are a lot of people struggling with their weight right now. The message has gotten out that carrying too many extra pounds is bad for your health. The word obesity is now part of the common vernacular. People are searching for ways to cut down on the extra weight that seems to have crept upon them. Some try diets, others turn to exercise, but many still find that they just can’t shake their spare tire.

    Part of the problem is that a person’s metabolism plays a role in how successfully any weight loss program will be. Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories to be used for fuel. Some bodies burn calories quickly, helping to prevent extra calories from being stored as fat. Other people find themselves somewhere on the “slower” metabolism spectrum. Calories aren’t burned efficiently and have to be redirected and stored …

    Waist circumference fell, with the largest drop seen in the group on the 5-point treatment compared with the sham groups, although this difference disappeared after taking account of age. Measures of body fat also fell after eight weeks, but only in those receiving the 5-point treatment. There were no significant differences in blood pressure among the groups. The authors conclude that both five and one point approaches can help treat overweight, but that the five point approach may be more appropriate for tackling abdominal fat.

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