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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 750620, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/750620
Research Article

The Influence of Zusanli and Nonmeridian Acupuncture Points on the Survival Rate and Intestinal Tissue Features after Fatal Hemorrhagic Shock in Rats

1Department of Acupuncture, People’s Liberation Army General Hospital, 28 Fu-Xing Road, Beijing 100853, China
2Department of Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Navy General Hospital, Beijing 100048, China
3Laboratory of Shock and Multiple Organ Dysfunction, Burns Institute, The First Hospital Affiliated to the People’s Liberation Army General Hospital, Beijing 100037, China
4Stronach Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and TCM Research Center Graz, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria

Received 19 December 2012; Accepted 4 January 2013

Academic Editor: Weibo Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Xian Shi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Sixty Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 5 groups: (a) control group (HS); (b) Immediate rehydration group (IFR); (c) ST36 electroacupuncture (EA) delay rehydration group (EA/DFR): EA at ST36 immediately after blood loss with infusion 3 h later; (d) EA nonmeridian rehydration group (SEA/DFR): EA at nonacupuncture sites with rehydration similar to EA/DFR; (e) ST36 EA group (EA): EA at ST36 immediately after blood loss with no rehydration. Forty-five percent of the entire blood volume was taken out to make lethal hemorrhagic shock models. We recorded the survival rate, intestinal tissue DAO content, and microcirculation. The survival rate of the EA/DFR group and the IFR group was significantly higher than that of the other three groups ( ). Twelve hours after blood loss, intestinal tissue DAO content of the EA/DFR group and the IFR group was significantly higher than that of the SEA/DFR group, EA group, and HS group ( and ). The mucosal blood flow of the EA/DFR group and the IFR group was significantly higher than the other groups ( each). We conclude that EA improves the blood pressure and raises the early survival rate of hemorrhagic shock rats, maintains the intestinal barrier function, and improves the degree of intestinal ischemia.