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In this study, they aimed to investigate the effects of electroacupuncture treatment on lipoprotein A, apolipoprotein A and apolipoprotein B levels in obese subjects. Electroacupuncture therapy may be a useful approach for the treatment of obesity for both losing weight and lowing the risk factors for cardiovascular disease associated with obesity, since this application may decrease the plasma lipoprotein A and apolipoprotein B levels.

-- Am J Chin Med. 2008;36(6):1029-39. The efficacy of electroacupuncture therapy for weight loss changes plasma lipoprotein A, apolipoprotein A and apolipoprotein B levels in obese women.Cabioglu MT, G√ľndogan N, Ergene N.

The aim was to study the effect of placebo EA, electroacupuncture, and diet on obesity and accompanying psychological symptoms. There were significant decreases in phobia, anger, anxiety, obsession, paranoid symptoms, and depression in the EA groups compared to those of the placebo EA and diet groups. It was suggested that electroacupuncture may be an effective therapy for obesity including the psychological signs and symptoms in women.

-- Int J Neurosci. 2007 May;117(5):579-90. Electroacupuncture treatment of obesity with psychological symptoms.Cabioglu MT, Ergene N, Tan U.

Obesity is a growing problem causing significant morbidity and mortality. Numerous alternative therapies are advocated for weight loss, including dietary modifications, hypnotherapy, and acupuncture. Given the scope of the problem, and the potential risk to a vulnerable population, further research should be conducted to define the efficacy of these treatments, particularly for the elderly.

-- Altern Med Rev. 2008 Mar;13(1):34-42. Potential applications for alternative medicine to treat obesity in an aging population.Cherniack EP.

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