Which points are used by acupuncturists for weight control?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

To pinpoint the Qi, or chi, in acupuncture for effective weight control, acupuncturists take aim at 4 acupuncture points on the ear: the hunger point, Shen Men point, stomach point, and endocrine point. A few tiny sterilized needles are inserted along these invisible channels to decrease the "heat" generated along these meridians and to stimulate centers that trigger the release of neurochemicals and hormones.

During some courses of treatment, the needles are covered with tape so that they can be left in place for a few days. Patients later remove them at home or during follow-up visits to the acupuncturist. Some practitioners may also use "ear seeds" that patients wear home that can be massaged periodically to help with difficult-to-control urges.

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