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Author (up) Fang, S.; Wang, M.; Zheng, Y.; Zhou, S.; Ji, G. url  doi
  Title Acupuncture and Lifestyle Modification Treatment for Obesity: A Meta-Analysis Type of Study Systematic Review
  Year 2017 Publication The American Journal of Chinese Medicine Abbreviated Journal Am J Chin Med  
  Volume 45 Issue 2 Pages 239-254  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Systematic Review; Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases; Obesity; Acupuncture; Body Mass Index  
  Abstract Obesity is an epidemic health hazard associated with many medical conditions. Lifestyle interventions are foundational to the successful management of obesity. However, the body's adaptive biological responses counteract patients' desire to restrict food and energy intake, leading to weight regain. As a complementary and alternative medical approach, acupuncture therapy is widely used for weight control. The objective of this study was to assess the efficacy of acupuncture treatment alone and in combination with lifestyle modification. We searched the MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and Chinese Biomedical Literature Databases for relevant publications available as of 24 October 2015 without language restriction. Eligible studies consisted of randomized controlled trials for acupuncture with comparative controls. A total of 23 studies were included with 1808 individuals. We performed meta-analyses of weighted mean differences based on a random effect model. Acupuncture exhibited a mean difference of body mass index reduction of 1.742[Formula: see text]kg/m2 (95% confidence interval [Formula: see text]) and 1.904[Formula: see text]kg/m2 (95% confidence interval [Formula: see text]) when compared with untreated or placebo control groups and when lifestyle interventions including basic therapy of both treatment and control groups. Adverse events reported were mild, and no patients withdrew because of adverse effects. Overall, our results indicate that acupuncture is an effective treatment for obesity both alone and together with lifestyle modification.  
  Address Prof. Guang Ji, Institution of Digestive Diseases, Longhua Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fenglin Street, Shanghai 200032, P. R. China  
  Language English Number of Treatments  
  Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants  
  Time in Treatment Condition Obesity
  Disease Category Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases OCSI Score  
  Notes PMID:28231746 Approved yes  
  Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 2179  
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