Sydney: Psychological acupuncture has successfully reduced food cravings for up to six months in people who are overweight or obese, according to research.The technique combines gentle tapping on pressure points while focussing on particular emotions and thoughts. Psychological acupuncture, also known as the emotional freedom technique (EFT), has also been used to manage clinical issues such as post traumatic stress disorder, phobias and addictions.
"Food cravings play a big role in people`s food consumption and ultimately their body weight. If we can beat the cravings without the need for will power or conscious control of behaviour, then weight loss is also possible." While the study did not show any significant impact on body weight or body mass index (BMI) after six months, the results of a 12-month follow-up are still being analysed. Stapleton, who specialises in the management of eating disorders, said some participants had actually forgotten they had a previous problem with food cravings until they were reminded at the six-month follow-up. She said because the technique helps over-ride emotional eating at a sub-conscious level, it was more likely to be effective in the long-term, says a Griffith University release. The results of the study will be presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Melbourne in July. IANS
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