ACU-TENS STIMULATION AT BILATERAL ZUSANLI (ST36) ACUPOINT IN STREPTOZOTOCIN INDUCED DIABETIC RATSAbstract
The ancient medicine acupuncture was used to treat the diabetes and its complications. Our study was aimed to find out the hypoglycemic effect of Acu-TENS electrical stimulation at bilateral Zusanli (ST36) acupoint in streptozotocin (45 mg/kg/body weight/IP) induced diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced in male albino wistar rats with the administration of single dose of streptozotocin(45mg/kg/body weight/IP). The fasting blood glucose level, body weight, food and water intake were assessed periodically in the experimental animals and its effect was compared with conventional anti-diabetic drug (pioglitazone7.5 mg/kg/body weight). Zusanli acupoints was stimulated with 15HZ of 15MA high intensity and 5 sec pulse width for 5 minutes daily without anaesthesia for 60 days. Acupoint ST36 shows significant reduction (p≤0.01) in blood glucose level and also restored the body weight, food and water intake in treated rats and compared with anti-diabetic drug. The hypoglycemic effect of ST36 acupoint may be due stimulation of energy flow Qi to balance Yin and Yang and utilization of energy due to mild muscle twitching during stimulation.
R. Subbulakshmi *, G. Sivakumar and S. N. Murthy
Department of Anatomy, Bharath University, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India.
17 February, 2018
10 May, 2018
13 May, 2018
01 November, 2018