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Effect of electroacupuncture on response to immobilization stress.

Authors
  • Yang, Chae H
  • Lee, B B
  • Jung, H S
  • Shim, I
  • Roh, P U
  • Golden, Gregory T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2002
Volume
72
Issue
4
Pages
847–855
Identifiers
PMID: 12062574
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Forced immobilization is a simple and effective stressor which produces large increases in heart rate (HR), blood pressure (BP), and plasma levels of norepinephrine (NE) and epinephrine (EPI). This study investigated the effects of electroacupuncture on BP, HR, and plasma catecholamine levels in rats challenged with immobilization stress. Male Sprague-Dawley rats received electroacupuncture (3 Hz, 0.2 ms pulses, 20 mA) for 30 min after start of immobilization stress (180 min). Needlepoints corresponded to Shaohai (HT3) and Neiguan (PC6) on the heart and pericardium channel. BP and HR were monitored with an indwelling carotid catheter, and blood samples were taken from the jugular vein. Blood (for HPLC determination of NE and EPI), mean BP, and HR were sampled at rest and during the immobilization stress at 15, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, and 180 min. Electroacupuncture at HT3 and PC6 points but not at control points (TE5, LI11, and tail) significantly reduced the expected increases in BP, HR, and attenuated plasma levels of NE and EPI in response to 3 h of immobilization stress. Results provide strong evidence that electroacupuncture effectively reduces BP and HR increases and plasma catecholamine increases in rats challenged with immobilization stress.

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