Researchers from the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, reviewed the research literature to see what if any integrative therapies had been found effective for the treatment of obesity and helping with weight loss. 

The analysts report that the only integrative interventions (or what used to be referred to as CAM or complementary and alternative methods) they could find that the evidence supported, were three approaches: (1) ingesting food containing diacylglycerol oil; (2) acupuncture; and (3) hypnosis. 

The authors conclude that these three approaches are the only evidence-based complementary therapies for the treatment of obesity, and, at best, they should be used as adjuvants to the more conventional therapies of calorie restriction and exercise.

[Ed. Note: from the wording of the hypothesis through the conclusions posted in this abstract, the investigators appear to reveal an anti-CAM bias.]

Citation: Steyer TE, Ables A. Complementary and alternative therapies for weight loss. Primary Care. 2009 Jun;36 (2):pages 395-406. [email protected]