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Dec 26, 2013 6:17 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Ear acupuncture could aid weight loss

Getting acupuncture on your ears could potentially help with weight loss.

It's a procedure called Auricular Acupuncture Therapy, and in the past it was used to treat drug addiction and to help people quit smoking.

Korean researchers decided to prescribe the treatment to obese patients.

Patients were given either a five point treatment, where five needles are kept in the outer ear for a week at a time, a single point treatment, or a sham treatment, where the needles were taken out right away.

After four weeks, both active treatment groups had significant drops in body mass index and weight compared to the sham treatment group.

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