Heat-sensitive moxibustion attenuates the inflammation after focal cerebral ischemia/ reperfusion injury.

Research paper by Aijiao A Xiao, Rixin R Chen, Mingfei M Kang, Shenghai S Tan

Indexed on: 25 Nov '12Published on: 25 Nov '12Published in: Neural regeneration research


Heat-sensitive moxibustion has neuroprotective effects against focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury, however its mechanism of action remains unclear. In this study, rat models of focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury were treated with suspended moxibustion at acupoint Dazhui (DU14) for 35 minutes. Results showed that suspended moxibustion decreased infarct volume, reduced cortical myeloperoxidase activity, and suppressed serum levels of proinflammatory cytokines in rats with focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury. Our experimental findings indicated that heat-sensitive moxibustion can attenuate inflammation and promote repair after focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury.