Complementary and alternative therapies for weight loss

Prim Care. 2009 Jun;36(2):395-406. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2009.01.011.


Although many complementary therapies are promoted for the treatment of obesity, few are truly therapeutic. Evidence suggests that food containing diacylglycerol oil, acupuncture, and hypnosis are the only evidence-based complementary therapies for the treatment of obesity, and, at best, these should be used as adjuvants to the more conventional therapies of calorie restriction and exercise.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Homeopathy
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Weight Loss*