Chinese Medicine Times : Keeping You Informed

Chinese Medicine Times : Keeping You Informed

Effect of electroacupuncture of "Taichong" (LR 3) on liver function in mild alcoholic liver injury

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22379787

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) of "Taichong" (LR 3) on liver function in rats with mild alcoholic liver injury (MALI) so as to explore the feasibility of acupuncture in improving mild alcoholic liver injury.

METHODS:

Forty SD rats were randomly divided into control, model, EA-LR 3 and EA-non-acupoint groups (10 rats/group). MALI model was duplicated by intragastric administration of distillate spirit (14 mL/kg) for 12 hours. Rats of the control group were fed with the same volume of normal saline. EA (2 Hz, 6 V) was applied to bilateral "Taichong" (LR 3) and non-acupoint (the interspace between the 4th and 5th bones of toes in parallel with LR 3) for 30 min, respectively. At the end of experiments, rats were sacrificed for collecting liver tissues. The activities of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) of the liver supernatant were detected by using Lai's method.

RESULTS:

IIn comparison with the control group, liver ALT and AST activities in the model group were increased significantly (P < 0.05), while in comparison with the model group, liver ALT and AST levels in the EA-LR 3 group were down-regulated remarkably (P < 0.05). No significant changes were found in liver ALT and AST level in the EA-non-acupoint group (P > 0.05). There was no significant improvement in the pathological changes of liver in the EA-LR 3 and EA-non-acupoint groups.

CONCLUSION:

EA of "Taichong"(LR 3) may reduce distillate-spirit induced mild alcoholic liver injury in rats.

Back To Latest Articles and News

Email This Page
Discuss This

Subscribe To CMT

Shopping Basket

Your basket is empty!

Recently Viewed Login Register

Change Language

Change Currency

Subscribe to our RSS Feed Chinese Medicine Times Facebook Fan Page Chinese Medicine Times Twitter Page Chinese Medicine Times Linkedin Page Email a friend about this website
  • Aculux KS needles
  • Cupping Advert General
  • AcuGlide Needle Offer
  • Acumaster Offer
  • Vinco Needle Offer
  • Viva Offer

Events Calendar

Korean Hand Therapy with Jong Baik in London 04/09/2014-09/09/2014

Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) is unique when compared to other hand reflexology... [more]

Master Tung Acupuncture Parts 1&2 with Philip Weeks - Novemeber 7th/8th

A very practical 2 day workshop with lots of practise!. Tung Acupuncture is well known for its quick and spontaneous results... [more]

View Events Calendar

From Our Store

Bollmann Visita Case, Burgundy Leatherette

Bollmann Visita Case, Burgundy Leatherette

Karl Bollmann of Germany ...
Dongbang Mini Moxa - Weak

Dongbang Mini Moxa - Weak

Stick on moxa with adhesi...
Proof or Faith?

Proof or Faith?

by Stephen Gascoigne
Horse Acupuncture Model

Horse Acupuncture Model

Plastic horse model mount...
Bollmann Alternative Case, Red

Bollmann Alternative Case, Red

Karl Bollmann of Germany ...