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February 01, 2009

Meta-analysis Completed on Obesity

The International Journal of Obesity published a review of 31 studies on the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of obesity. 3013 individual cases where acupuncture was used to reduce body weight were analyzed.

Significant reduction of average body weight ( 95% confidence interval, CI ) of 1.72 kg ( 0.50–2.93 kg ) and was associated with an improvement in obesity ( relative risk=2.57; 95% CI, 1.98–3.34 ). Acupuncture significantly reduced a body weight of 1.56 kg ( 0.74–2.38 kg ), on average, compared to placebo or sham treatments. Acupuncture also showed more improved outcomes for body weight ( mean difference=1.90 kg; 1.66–2.13 kg ), as well as for obesity ( relative risk=1.13; 1.04–1.22 ), than conventional medication.

Abstract: International Journal of Obesity, January 13 2009

Posted by mpence at February 1, 2009 09:15 AM