By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
People who rely on acupuncture to soothe back pain, fight migraines, and give up smoking swear by the practice, and now, there's another benefit to add to its list: a lower number of the scale. A new Korean study split 91 overweight adults into three groups--those who kept five acupuncture needles in each outer ear for one week, those who kept one acupuncture needle in each outer ear for one week, and those whose needles were removed immediately after insertion. Despite following the same semi-restrictive diet and adding in no extra exercise to their daily routines, those with five needles showed a 6.1 percent drop in their BMI, those with one needle experienced a 5.7 percent reduction, and those with no needles saw no change. The five-point group was the only one to lose body fat though, suggesting a five-point approach could be particularly effective in tackling stubborn abdominal bulge.
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