Electro-acupuncture for central obesity: abridged secondary publication
LLD Zhong1, S Zhang2, E Wong2, C Cao3, ZX Bian1
1 School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR, China
2 Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
3 Clinical Research Centre, Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University, China
  1. A total of 168 participants with central obesity were randomly assigned to the electro-acupuncture group (n=84) or the sham group (n=84). 91.7% and 90.5% of participants in the respective groups completed all treatment sessions and follow-ups.
  2. Electro-acupuncture was found to have greater benefits on waist circumference, body weight, BMI, hip circumference, waist-to-hip circumference ratio, and body fat percentage than sham acupuncture.
  3. Results of this study provide evidence for the safety and effectiveness of electro-acupuncture for treatment of central obesity.