Effects of electroacupuncture on intraocular pressure and hemodynamic parameters in isoflurane anesthetized dogs

J Vet Med Sci. 2007 Nov;69(11):1163-5. doi: 10.1292/jvms.69.1163.


The effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on intraocular pressure (IOP) and hemodynamic parameters were evaluated in isoflurane anesthetized 10 (5 males, 5 females) normal mongrel dogs (8.1-9.8 kg, 6-8 years old). After determination of baseline IOP and hemodynamic parameters (cardiac index, systolic arterial pressure, diastolic arterial pressure, heart rate and systemic vascular resistance index), EA was applied at 3 acupoints (LI-4, LIV-3 and GB-37) for 20 min. After the EA treatment, IOP was significantly decreased in the both eyes (p<0.05). However, there were not significant differences in hemodynamic parameters between those of before and after EA treatment. From these results, the EA treatment at LI-4, LIV-3 and GB-37 would be considered one of the valuable methods for the IOP treatment in dogs.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Points
  • Anesthesia / veterinary
  • Anesthetics, Inhalation / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Dogs / physiology*
  • Electroacupuncture / veterinary*
  • Female
  • Hemodynamics / drug effects*
  • Intraocular Pressure / drug effects*
  • Intraocular Pressure / physiology*
  • Isoflurane / pharmacology*
  • Male


  • Anesthetics, Inhalation
  • Isoflurane