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Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2012 Feb;37(1):38-40, 58.

[Effect of acupuncture on serum malonaldehyde content, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase activity in chronic fatigue syndrome rats].

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School of Aesthetic Medicine, Yichun College, Yichun 336000, China.



To study the effect of acupuncture on blood oxygen free radical metabolism in rats with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).


Thirty male SD rats were randomly divided into control group (n = 10), model group (n = 10) and acupuncture group (n = 10). CFS model was established by repeated suspension (1.0-2.5 h) and forced cold water swimming (7 min), once daily continuously for 12 days. For rats in the acupuncture group, bilateral "Zusanli" (ST 36) and "Sanyinjiao" (SP 6) were stimulated by manipulating the acupuncture needles intermittently for 20 min, once daily, and with 7 days being a treatment course. The treatment was conducted for three courses with an interval of 3 days between two courses. Serum malonaldehyde (MDA) content, superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-PX) activity were detected by thiobarbituric acid chromatometry (TBA), xanthine oxidase (XOD) and dithio-bis-nitrobenzoic acid (DTNB), respectively.


In comparison with the control group, serum MDA content was up-regulated significantly, while serum SOD activity and GSH-PX activity were decreased considerably in the model group (P < 0.01). Compared with the model group, serum MDA level was down-regulated apparently, and serum SOD activity and GSH-PX activity were up-regulated remarkably in the acupuncture group (P < 0.01).


Acupuncture can adjust metabolism of serum oxygen free radicals in CFS rats, which probably contributes to its effect in relieving CFS in clinic.

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