Aural Stimulation as Add-on to Diet for Weight Loss: A Preliminary Clinical Study
|Anna Esposito1, Gregorio Fistetto1, Alessandro Di Cerbo1* and Beniamino Palmieri2
|1Poliambulatorio del Secondo Parere, Modena, Italy
|2Dipartimento di Chirurgia Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
|Corresponding Author :
|Dr. Alessandro Di Cerbo
Poliambulatorio del Secondo Parere
|Received November 21, 2012; Accepted December 26, 2012; Published December 28, 2012
|Citation: Esposito A, Fistetto G, Di Cerbo A, Palmieri B (2012) Aural Stimulation as Add-on to Diet for Weight Loss: A Preliminary Clinical Study. J Obes Wt Loss Ther 2:155. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000155
|Copyright: © 2012 Esposito A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
We investigated the efficacy of bilateral electric auricular nerve stimulation in combination with hypo caloric or high-protein diet in 40 overweighed and obese healthy volunteer patients (4 groups of 10 individuals each) vs. diet alone. After 2 months of simultaneous treatment with electric stimulation and diet there was an average weight loss of 7.07 kg in the hypocaloric group and 9.48 kg in the high-protein one, whereas an average weight loss of 5.9 kg and 7.17 kg were observed with hypocaloric and high-protein diet alone, respectively. These results suggest that bilateral auricular nerve stimulation can help increase the weight loss in patients when used in combination with high-protein diet. Thus weight loss induced by nutritional strategies can safely and effectively be enhanced by neuro-reflexological aural stimulation.