• A 1993 study of 110 overweight people showed that patients receiving auriculotherapy in conjunction with body acupuncture lost an average of 10-15lbs and 3% body fat during the 3 months of the study, compared with 4lbs and 1.54% body fat reduction in the control
group, who received only obesity medication.
• In this same study, the participants’ triglycerides dropped by 67 points, compared with 38 points on average for the control group.
• Another study demonstrated that auriculotherapy inhibits smooth muscle tone in the gastric wall.
• A similar study in 1998 demonstrated a marked decrease in stomach peristalsis during
auricular stimulation. The authors theorized that decreased peristalsis delays emptying of the stomach, thereby creating feelings of satiety earlier and for a longer period, and thus limiting appetite.
• Another 1998 study of 42 patients receiving auricular treatment for 12 weeks demonstrated an average weight loss of 21 Lbs., as well as lower triglycerides and cholesterol. Patients reported an increased ability to discipline their eating under the auriculotherapy program.
• A 2010 study of the effects of auricular acupuncture on appetite recruited 42 volunteers and asked them to rate their appetite and desire for food before and 30 minutes after auricular treatment. The results showed decreased appetite in the auriculotherapy group, as compared with the control group.
Auriculotherapy is clearly a very important part of any well-designed weight loss program. Given auriculotherapy’s reputation for effectiveness with addictions, it may be uniquely suited to addressing the addictive portion of any overeating or poor eating habits.