Effects of acupuncture therapy on abdominal fat

Effects of acupuncture therapy on abdominal fat and hepatic fat content in obese children: a magnetic resonance imaging and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy study.

J Altern Complement Med. 2011 May;17(5):413-20

Authors: Zhang H, Peng Y, Liu Z, Li S, Lv Z, Tian L, Zhu J, Zhao X, Chen M

Subjects were 10 healthy, obese children 11-13 years old, with a Body-mass index [BMI]: 29-33.

One (1) month of acupuncture therapy significantly reduced the subjects’ BMI by 3.5%, abdominal visceral adipose tissue (VAT) volume by 16.04%, abdominal total adipose tissue volume by 10.45% and abdominal visceral to subcutaneous fat ratio by 10.59%. There were also minor changes in body weight, waist circumference, hip circumference and waist-to-hip ratio.

Conclusions: Acupuncture therapy significantly reduces BMI and abdominal adipose tissue by reducing abdominal visceral adipose tissue. The use of acupuncture therapy to selectively target a reduction in abdominal visceral adipose fat content should become more important and more popular in the future.

COMMENT: Acupuncture, a balanced diet and exercise= an effective holistic, sustainable approach to weight loss, well-being and prevention.


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