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Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2019 Oct 12;39(10):1075-80. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2019.10.012.

[Effect of bloodletting acupuncture at twelve jing-well points of hand on microcirculatory disturbance in mice with traumatic brain injury].

[Article in Chinese]

Author information

1
Tianjin Key Laboratory of Neurotrauma Repair, Institute of Traumatic Brain Injury and Neuroscience of Chinese People's Armed Police Forces, Characteristic Medical Center of Armed Police Forces, Tianjin 300162, China.
2
Department of Neurosurgery, Tianshui Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine.
3
Tianjin University of TCM.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To observe the effect of bloodletting acupuncture at twelve jing-well points of hand on microcirculatory disturbance in mice with traumatic brain injury (TBI), and to explore the protective effect of bloodletting therapy on TBI.

METHODS:

Sixty clean adult male C57BL/6J mice were randomly divided into a sham-operation group, a model group and a treatment group, 20 mice in each group. The TBI model was established by using electronic controlled cerebral cortex impact instrument in the model group and the treatment group. The mice in the treatment group were treated with bloodletting acupuncture at bilateral "Shaoshang" (LU 11), "Shangyang" (LI 1), "Zhongchong" (PC 9), "Guanchong" (TE 1), "Shaochong" (HT 9) and "Shaoze" (SI 1) immediately after trauma. The mice in the sham-operation group only opened the bone window but did not receive the strike. The regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was monitored by laser speckle contrast analysis (LASCA) using a PeriCam PSI System before trauma, immediately after trauma and 1, 2, 12, 24, 48, 72 h after trauma. The brain water content was measured by wet-dry weight method 24 h after trauma. The severity of functional impairment at 2, 12, 24, 48 and 72 h after trauma was evaluated by modified neurological scale scores (mNSS).

RESULTS:

① 2 h after trauma, the mNSS in the model group and treatment group were >7 points, suggesting the successful establishment of model; compared with the sham-operation group, the mNSS was increased significantly from 12 to 72 h after trauma in the model group ( all P<0.01), but the mNSS in the treatment group was significantly lower than that in the model group from 2 to 24 h after trauma (P<0.01, P<0.05). ② Compared with the sham-operation group, rCBF in the model group was decreased significantly immediately after trauma (P<0.01), and the rCBF in the model group was lower than that in the sham-operation group from 1 to 72 h after trauma ( all P<0.01); rCBF in the treatment group began to rise and was significantly higher than that in the model group 1-2 h after trauma (P<0.01); 12-48 h after trauma, the increasing of rCBF in the two groups tended to be gentle until 72 h after injury, and rCBF in the model group was decreased while that in the treatment group continued to rise and was higher than that in the model group (P<0.01). ③ 24 h after trauma, the brain water content in the model group was significantly higher than that in the sham-operation group (P<0.01), and brain water content in the treatment group was significantly lower than that in the model group (P<0.01).

CONCLUSION:

The bloodletting acupuncture at twelve jing-well points of hand could improve microcirculation disturbance, increase microcirculation perfusion, alleviate secondary brain edema and promote the recovery of nerve function in mice with TBI.

KEYWORDS:

bloodletting acupuncture at twelve jing-well points of hand; bloodletting therapy; brain edema; cerebral microcirculation disorder; traumatic brain injury (TBI)

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