Acupuncture and Obesity

  • Seung Min K. Lee
  • Sanghoon LeeEmail author
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


This chapter outlines the overall traditional East Asian medicine (TEAM) point of view in approaching obesity along with easy explanations on the most popular types of acupuncture available for treatment. According to the principles of TEAM, obesity is a pathophysiological state of the body with many diverse functions going awry. It is induced by many different reasons and develops into many different forms according to each patient’s bodily constitutions, characteristics, and lifestyle and therefore must be approached differently for each patient. Unlike conventional medicine where treatment is provided for all types of obese patients alike, TEAM is based on holistic views and consequently approaches the problem from a more fundamental level, with greater emphasis on individuality. Thus, here we have also placed utmost importance on guiding the reader step by step into the field of syndrome differentiation, which will then allow the practitioner to tailor acupuncture treatment for each patient so that it can assist conventional medicine in areas unreached. Then we have aimed to provide easy explanation on three most popular types of acupuncture treatment available: manual acupuncture along with a table summarizing the key acupuncture points used for each type of syndrome, electroacupuncture along with succinct explanations on the whole mechanism of actions, and finally auricular acupuncture which may be conveniently used for the young, old, acupuncture-naïve, and acupuncture-experienced all alike.


Traditional East Asian medicine (TEAM) Traditional Korean medicine (TKM) Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Obesity Manual acupuncture Electroacupuncture Auricular acupuncture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, College of Korean MedicineKyung Hee UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, College of Korean Medicine, WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine, East–West Medical Research InstituteKyung Hee UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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