The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Auricular acupuncture in obese women

    There were changes in hormones, but these women won’t being buying a smaller dress size.

    First, the details.

    • 45 obese women with body mass index (BMI) greater than 27 kg/m(2) and who had not received any other weight control measures within the last 3 months completed the study
      • A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal for most adults.
    • They were randomly assigned to a treatment twice each week for 6 weeks.
      • Auricular acupuncture
      • Sham auricular acupuncture using placebo needles
    • The women didn’t know their treatment — single-blind.

    And, the results.

    • There was no significant difference in percent reduction in body weight, BMI, and waist circumference between groups.
    • After treatment, there was a significant increase in ghrelin levels and decrease in leptin levels in the acupuncture group.
      • Ghrelin is a hormone in the stomach that appears to stimulate appetite.
      • Leptin is a hormone that is thought to suppress appetite and speed metabolism.
    • No side effects were reported.

    The bottom line?
    Somehow, the authors concluded, “Auricular acupuncture may have potential benefit on obesity-related hormone peptides.”

    Apparently, they didn’t see the 800 pound gorilla.

    5/19/09 17:18 JR

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