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What are some guidelines to follow if I decide to try acupuncture?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Guidance for using acupuncture for weight loss:

Choose a qualified practitioner. Most states require that
  acupuncturists be licensed to assure that they have completed the
  necessary education and training standards to practice. You may see
  L.Ac. (licensed acupuncturist) following his or her name.
  Acupuncturists may also be medical doctors or other medical
  professional who have completed a postgraduate program of study.

Complete a full course of treatment. Acupuncture for weight loss is
  best achieved with 10 treatments delivered over a few weeks.

Follow a comprehensive weight-loss plan. Acupuncture should be
  used alongside a comprehensive weight-loss plan, like the Dr. Oz Diet
  (Dr. Mehmet Oz, Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia
  University) that includes healthy food choices coupled with exercise.

Don't confuse treatments. Although ear stapling is loosely based on
  the concept of acupuncture, it is an imprecise method that uses
  surgical staples that penetrate the cartilage of the ear, which is
  known to promote infection.


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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