Acupuncture increases leptin levels and helps with weight loss
Electric acupuncture was applied to 20 females who were 41.45 ± 4.71 years old and had a body mass index of 36.00± 2.66; and a diet program was applied to 20 females who were 42.30 ± 4.35 years old and had a body mass index of 34.90 ± 3.21. There was a 4.5% weight reduction in the patients with electric acupuncture application, whereas patients on diet restriction had a 3.1% weight reduction.
A decrease of loss of body weight was observed in the electric acupuncture group (p 0.000) when compared against the diet restricted group. A decrease of serum leptin levels (p 0.000) and an increase in the serum BE (p 0.05) levels were observed in the electric acupuncture group compared to the diet restricted group.
In this study, reduced serum leptin levels paralleling to weight loss were observed in the electric acupuncture group. Furthermore, it is thought that in the electric acupuncture applied group, increasing serum BE level probably enhanced the lipolitic activity which may have caused weight loss in obese people by mobilizing energy stores.
It may be considered that the electric acupuncture application with diet restriction in obesity treatment is more effective than the diet restriction alone.References
Tugrul Cabioglu et al. (2006) Changes in Serum Leptin and Beta Endorphin Levels with Weight Loss by Electroacupuncture and Diet Restriction in Obesity Treatment. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Vol. 34, No. 1, 1–11.