There are many different unique and dramatic ways to help to lose weight without having to take prescription medications. While some of them remain within the realm of conventionality, such as drinking certain teas, others are much more alternative, such as laser therapies, hypnosis, and acupuncture. Ear stapling is the latest of these ultra-alternative methods.
The main question is: does it work? Googling the concept can be confusing as it can lead to a wide range of different opinions and beliefs. This can make it very difficult to tell whether or not it is a legitimate practice or a money grab. Because of this, the best thing that you can do is make an appointment with your doctor and discuss this sort of idea with him or her. Not only will you be able to find out whether or not ear stapling is the real deal, but you can get to know if it is right for your unique expectations and weight loss needs.
That said, when speaking to many doctors, it doesn’t take long to discover that the odds of ear stapling producing a positive and measurable impact on your efforts to lose weight are slim. That said, it does come with a considerable risk of producing an infection.
The concept of ear stapling is loosely based on the principles of acupuncture. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of various points of your body and redirecting the energies that flow throughout it. In traditional acupuncture, this is accomplished through the use of fine needles which are inserted into the skin. When acupuncture is applied to the ear, the needles are left in their places for only a short time. However, this changes when ear stapling comes into play.
Ear stapling proponents say that the staples allow the effects that an acupuncture needle would have on a certain point can be held in place because it uses a staple and not just a needle. The ear supposedly has a pressure point in it that has control over the appetite. Therefore, by holding stimulation in place, there, it can help lead to weight loss.
The process involves attaching small surgical staples to the inner cartilage of both of the ears. They may be left in place for a period of a few weeks, or as long as several months.
Though there are some studies to support the use of acupuncture to help to promote easier weight loss through reductions in the appetite, ear stapling does not have this same scientific support. Moreover, the practice is greatly unregulated and can be dangerous if not conducted by a trained practitioner or if it is performed in less than the most sanitary conditions. The puncture of the cartilage of the ear can lead to permanent disfigurement or serious infection.