A comparative study of the effects of electroacupuncture and moxibustion in the gastrointestinal motility of the rat

A comparative study of the effects of electroacupuncture and moxibustion in the gastrointestinal motility of the rat

Author Tabosa, A. Google Scholar
Yamamura, Y. Google Scholar
Forno, E. R. Google Scholar
Mello, LEAM Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract We compared the outcomes of the stimulation of specific sets of acupoints with either acupuncture or moxibustion over peristalsis. Twenty-five plastic beads were orally administered in the stomach of the rats and 90 min later animals were sacrificed, the stomach and small intestine were opened, and the number of beads remaining in each segment was counted. Forty rats were immobilized for 20 min and stimulated at either abdominal or hindlimbs acupoints, with either electroacupuncture or moxibustion. Under this restraint (stress) condition electroacupuncture at hindlimb points or moxibustion at abdominal points significantly enhanced gastric emptying (P < 0.02) as well as intestinal motility compared with animals subjected only to immobilization and not stimulated with electroacupuncture or moxibustion. We conclude that the effects of different acupoints and modes of stimulation (electrical vs. moxibustion) over gastrointestinal motility in rats subjected to restraint-induced stress is not uniform and discuss the different neural pathways underlying these differences.
Keywords acupuncture
acupuncture point
gastrointestinal motility
moxibustion
plastic beads
rat
Language English
Date 2004-04-01
Published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences. New York: Kluwer Academic/plenum Publ, v. 49, n. 4, p. 602-610, 2004.
ISSN 0163-2116 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Kluwer Academic/plenum Publ
Extent 602-610
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:DDAS.0000026305.20852.41
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000221177600011
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/27697

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