Laser Acupuncture for Weight Loss and Obesity. In an earlier post, we mentioned that laser acupuncture does not have a significant impact on making smokers quit. You can read about this in the following link: Laser Acupuncture to Quit Smoking.
Now, how about losing weight? Does laser acupuncture help you or a loved one shed the pounds? Would it be one of the tools that could help put a stop to the obesity epidemic that’s sweeping America and the world? Can laser acupuncture help transform you into the next Chris Pratt?
Well, we looked at some research studies and the news is good for those who’d like to use laser acupuncture for weight loss. Apparently, it works.
For instance, a 2010 study published on the American Journal of Chinese Medicine (authored by Hu WL, Chang CH, Hung YC), arrived at the following conclusion:
We concluded that laser acupuncture was found to exert a therapeutic effect on simple obesity by reducing both body weight and body mass index. Moreover, subjects showed good compliance with this comfortable and non-restrictive diet protocol.[via nih.gov]
The study, involved 99 subjects (73 women and 22) who shed some pounds after four weeks of laser acupuncture for weight loss. More details from the research:
The subjects’ body weights and body mass indices were recorded before treatment, and four weeks after treatment, and the percent reduction in each parameter was calculated. Statistically significant reductions in body weight and body mass index were detected after four weeks of treatment. The mean reduction and mean percent reduction in body weight were 3.17 kg and 3.80% (p < 0.0001), respectively.
So the guys and gals lost more than three kilos merely by undergoing laser acupuncture? If that ain’t a gift from Santa, we don’t know what is?
Now, has the above study by Hu WL et al, been confirmed by other researchers? Currently, there does not appear to be a similar study. However, a group sponsored by the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital is in the process of conducting a randomized, blinded, and sham-controlled study. We plan to report on said research when the study concludes and the findings are disclosed in the future.