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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 9365326, 8 pages
Research Article

Effect of Laser Acupuncture on Anthropometric Measurements and Appetite Sensations in Obese Subjects

1Division of Chinese Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi 61363, Taiwan
2School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan 33302, Taiwan
3Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 1L7
4Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 3G3
5Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion Research Center, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Chiayi Campus, Chiayi 61363, Taiwan
6Department of Nursing, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Chiayi Campus, Chiayi 61363, Taiwan

Received 8 December 2015; Revised 8 February 2016; Accepted 11 February 2016

Academic Editor: George David Baxter

Copyright © 2016 Chi-Chuan Tseng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. A patient-assessor-blinded, randomized, sham-controlled crossover trial was performed to investigate the effectiveness of laser acupuncture on anthropometric measurements and appetite sensation in obese subjects. Methods. Fifty-two obese subjects were randomly assigned to either the laser acupuncture group or the sham laser acupuncture group. Subjects within each group received the relevant treatment three times a week for 8 weeks. After a two-week washout period, the subjects then received the treatment of the opposite group for another 8 weeks. BMI, body fat percentage, waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), waist circumference, hip circumference, and appetite sensations were measured before and after 8 weeks of treatment. Results. BMI, body fat percentage, WHR, waist circumference, and hip circumference decreased significantly () in the laser acupuncture group compared to baseline but there was no decrease in those variables in the sham laser acupuncture group. Laser acupuncture significantly improved scores on the fullness, hunger, satiety, desire to eat, and overall well-being relative to the baseline (). Conclusions. Laser acupuncture is well tolerated and improves anthropometric measurements and appetite sensations in obese subjects.