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Effect of acupuncture treatment for weight loss on gut flora in patients with simple obesity

Research conducted in Shanghai China by Zhuting Xu et al., (2012) investigated the effects of acupuncture treatment for weight loss in patients with obesity.

A total of 45 women took part the treatment at Shanghai Eighth Hospital. Patients were assigned randomly into three groups: 2 treatment groups and 1 control group. The control group was given no treatment, no dietary intervention. The patients in the two treatment groups were treated with acupuncture by two senior doctors using the same points and approach. The points selected were: CV 12, CV 9, BL 24, BL 26, ST 28, ST 25, ST 36 and SP6. Needles were retained for 30 minutes and at 10 and 20 minutes they were manipulated gently. The treatment was given once every other day, 20 times for a course.

Results showed that the BMI values of the two treatment groups decreased significantly after treatment from 27.63 to 25.38 and 27.76 to 25.27 respectively.

Results showed that Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium increased after acupuncture but bacteriodes and C. perfingens decreased which means acupuncture may have an ecological role in the gastrointestinal ract, activating gastrointestinal function by adjusting the body’s immune system. When the intestinal microbial balance is restored, acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of chronic constipation, chronic diarrhoea, acute bacillary dysentery and intestinal bowel syndrome.

Retrieved from: https://aim.bmj.com/content/31/1/116