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Acupuncture on the ears could help you shed those unwanted pounds.

It's called auricular acupuncture therapy and it's long been used to treat drug addiction and help people quit smoking.

Korean researchers prescribed obese patients with either a five--point treatment, where five needles are kept in the outer ear for a week at a time, or a single point treatment or a sham treatment, where the needles were taken out right away.

After four weeks both active treatment groups had significant drops in body mass index and weight, compared to the sham treatment.

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