Poll: Acupuncture 'in the ear' aids weight loss

A traditional Chinese medicine has been credited by researchers with helping overweight people shed pounds.

Acupuncture helped overweight people ditch extra pounds, researchers said. Credit: PA

Acupuncture, where the skin is penetrated with small needles, was found to help overweight Koreans shed pounds over an eight week period if five specific points in the ear were targeted.

The five-point treatment brought BMI scores down by 6.1% and the single-point treatment group had a 5.7% lower BMI, researchers said.

Publishing their findings in the journal Acupuncture In Medicine, the South Korean researchers wrote: "The five ear acupuncture points, generally used in Korean clinics, and the Hunger point alone treatment are both effective for treating overweight people."