[Effect of electroacupuncture on lipid metabolism in male and female obesity rats]

Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2012 Jun;37(3):206-10.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To investigate the influence of electroacupuncture (EA) on lipid metabolism in both sexes of obesity model rats.

Methods: A total of 30 male and 30 female SD rats were randomized into normal control, model and EA groups respectively, with 10 rats in each group. EA (2 Hz, 1-2 mA) was applied to the ipsilateral "Zusanli" (ST 36)-"Sanyin-jiao"(SP 6) and bilateral "Fenglong" (ST 40) for 30 min, once daily for 28 days. In addition,"Quchi" (LI 11),"Zhongwan" (CV 12) and "Guanyuan" (CV 4) were punctured with filiform needles and stimulated by manipulating the needle for 1 min, separately. Obesity model was duplicated by subcutaneous injection of 15% glutamic sodium (0.2 mL/10 g) once daily for 5 days and by feeding the animal with high fat forage for 36 days. Lee's index was calculated, and plasma triglyeride (TG) concentration detected by glycerol-phosphoric acid oxidase-peroxydase method, total cholesterol (TC) detected by cholesterol oxidase method, and plasma low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) contents were assayed by one-step method, respectively.

Results: In both male and female rats, compared to their own normal groups, the Lee's index, plasma TG, TC and LDL-C contents were increased significantly and plasma HDL-C contents decreased obviously in the model groups (P<0.01), while compared to their own model groups, the Lee's index, plasma TG, TC and LDL-C levels in the EA groups were down-regulated considerably and plasma HDL-C contents up-regulated remarkably after the treatment (P<0.01, P<0.05). The efficacies of the EA intervention were obviously better in reducing Lee's index for male rats, and in down-regulating plasma TG and TC contents in female rats (P<0.05). No significant differences were found between male and female rats in EA intervention for plasma LDL-C and HDL-C levels.

Conclusion: EA intervention can effectively regulate obesity rats' Lee's index and plasma TG, TC, LDL-C and HDL-C levels. The effects are different in male and female rats.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Points
  • Animals
  • Electroacupuncture*
  • Female
  • Lipid Metabolism*
  • Male
  • Obesity / blood
  • Obesity / metabolism*
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley