What You Should Know
Ear stapling is a method where a staple is inserted into the inner cartilage of the ear and left in place for several weeks as a way to eliminate the appetite. Proponents of ear stapling believe that the inner cartilage is connected to the appetite and hunger, and stapling it will suppress these urges, normalizing appetite and preventing people from eating more food. It is loosely based on the ancient Chinese practice of Acupuncture. Some practitioners offer this practice, but it appears this trend is dying as it originally gained national attention in 2006.
Sometimes dieters will go to extreme methods to lose weight, and ear stapling may be one method that may be considered. There are certain risks to consider, including the risk of infection and the reputability of the practitioner offering the service, and these services are not necessarily cheap either. Expect to pay between $35 to $100 per staple, which many cost as much as $200 per month to maintain.
A regular staple is inserted into the inner cartilage of each ear, which is kept in that position for several weeks.
Ear stapling is a controversial method of suppressing the appetite, and ear stapling practitioners believe that the part of the ear that is stapled, the inner cartilage, is connected to the hunger and appetite signals in the brain. Stapling this key area is believed to control hunger. There are some studies that have shown acupuncture (which is loosely the basis of ear stapling) may help suppress the appetite, but there have been no conclusive studies that show ear stapling may have the same effect.
Furthermore, there is substantial evidence that ear stapling may pose a health risk. Nearly 20% of ear stapling patients experienced infection at the stapling site, and some of the infections were severe, even untreatable due to the location. Treating infection in the inner cartilage of the ear is difficult to treat and could lead to severe side effects. This may increase depending on the cleanliness of the stapling site, the experience of the practitioner doing the procedure, and other circumstances.
Without conclusive evidence available about the success of ear stapling, this may be a less reliable form of weight control.
- Is based on acupuncture, a practice which is shown to promote appetite suppression.
- Does not require additional dieting or exercise.
- There are no studies that demonstrate any dietary benefits as a result of ear stapling.
- 20% of patients experienced infection after completing the procedure.
- May be more expensive compared to other dieting methods.
Ear stapling is a controversial method due to the lack of evidence supporting its claims, and the increased rate of infection is another issue that should be taken into consideration. Dieters may want to look into methods with more thermogenic effects, but ear stapling may be a convenient method for those who do not want to diet or exercise. There is no guarantee if it will work, however.