12Jul Pilot: The use of acupuncture to promote weight loss and mental health in overweight and obese individuals Comments are closedPosted by

A randomised cross-over pilot study investigating the use of acupuncture to promote weight loss and mental health in overweight and obese individuals participating in a weight loss program.

Fogarty S1, Stojanovska L, Harris D, Zaslawski C, Mathai ML, McAinch AJ.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Acupuncture is widely used as an alternative modality for weight loss. Despite its increasing use, few acupuncture studies have evaluated the effect of a weight loss program on the mental health of obese/overweight participants and none have looked at the effect on those with eating, weight and shape concerns.

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate the feasibility of conducting an acupuncture study involving overweight or obese individuals undertaking a weight lossprogram with particular reference to those with eating concerns.

METHODS:

Thirty-five overweight/obese males and females participated in a single-blinded randomised cross-over study. The two intervention phases were: (1) nutritional counselling plus Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture and (2) nutritional counselling plus sham acupuncture.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

This study evaluates the feasibility and practicalities of the study including recruitment, retention, adverse events, effectiveness for defining eating and weight concerns, study design and statistics for power calculations.

CONCLUSION:

The outcome measures, the recruitment of those with eating and weight concerns and the acceptability of the intervention demonstrate a larger trial investigating the use of acupuncture for weight loss in those who have elevated eating and weight concerns is feasible.

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