Have you heard? A handful of needle pricks in your ear may help you lose that stubborn belly fat, according to a study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine.
“Stimulating specific points can help suppress appetite appetite and increase metabolism,” explains study co-author Sabina Lim.
Researchers at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea studied the efficacy of acupuncture treatments in helping obese patients lose weight, comparing the standard Korean five point treatment with acupuncture stimulating only a single point.
For the study, needles were placed into points on the ear believed to correspond to hunger and activity in the spleen, endocrine system and the stomach. Participants who received eight weeks of acupuncture saw a 6 percent decrease in BMI, a smaller waist circumference and a loss in overall body fat.