Effects of Electroacupuncture at BL60 on Formalin-Induced Pain in Rats.
Kyung-Ha Chang ; RanWon, ; Bae Hwan Lee ; Hyejung Lee ; Insop Shim
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Vol.2012 : 324039, 2012
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Acupuncture was used to treat symptoms of pain in the ancient orient. The present study was conducted to determine the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) at the BL60 acupoint on male Sprague-Dawley rats. Each rat received EA at BL60 acupoint before formalin injection. Behavioral responses were recorded using a video camera and c-Fos immunohistochemistry was performed thereafter. Treatment of EA at BL60 significantly inhibited flinching behavior and c-fos expression induced by formalin injection into the paw, compared to a control group. These results suggest that electroacupuncture at BL60 acupoint may be effective in relieving inflammatory pain.