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Figure 3: Effect of acupuncture on plasma CORT concentrations induced by repeated CORT injection in the rats. The experimental groups were pretreated with vehicle saline-injected group, instead of CORT (0.9% NaCl, s.c., CON group, ), CORT-injected and nontreated group (5 mg/kg, s.c., CORT group; ), CORT-injected and Sinmun (HT7) acupoint-stimulated group (CORT-HT group; ), CORT-injected and Waiguan (TE5) acupoint-stimulated group (CORT-TE group; ), and CORT-injected and nonacupoint- (on the tail) stimulated group (CORT-TA group; ). Data were analyzed using a one-way ANOVA followed by Tukey’s post hoc test. *   versus CON group. Vertical bars indicate SE.