Ear stapling is a form of acupuncture that involves inserting a thin staple through a portion of the pinna—the visible part of the ear. Ear stapling has been suggested as an alternative weight-loss treatment, and there is recent evidence to support its efficacy but none from reputable scientific journals.
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