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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 542461, 8 pages
Research Article

Underlying Mechanism of Aconitum Lizhong Acting on Experimental Hypothermia with Indigestion in Rats: Role of Ghrelin

1Center of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100193, China
2School of Basic Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China

Received 18 April 2012; Revised 28 May 2012; Accepted 14 June 2012

Academic Editor: Bhushan Patwardhan

Copyright © 2012 Xin Zhao 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.


This study is aimed to investigate the Aconitum Lizhong pill (ALZ) pharmacological actions on hypothermia with indigestion, especially the ghrelin roles. The littermate-matched rats were randomly divided into four groups. Control did sham operation or standard diet, Model carried out interscapular brown adipose (IBA) removal with standard diet, Fat-diet did IBA removal with fat-diet, and ALZ did IBA removal and fat-diet with 4.536 g/kg/d ALZ. The potency of adaptive thermogenesis, ghrelin levels in plasma or gastric mucosa, thyroid hormones and metabolite in sera, expression of ghrelin mRNA, and protein in gastric mucous membrane were determined. ALZ relieved the hypothermia processes with indigestion, via inhibiting ghrelin expression and increasing ghrelin secretion; the dynamics from the therapy is supported with the energy changes as less body weight loss, less plasma lipid decrease, more plasma 𝑇 3 or 𝑇 4 increase with TSH decrease, and more compensation of thermogenic AUC decrease. Ghrelin played key roles in the actions of ALZ on the hypothermia with indigestion. The pharmacological mechanisms of ALZ involved the homeostasis of ghrelin expression and secretion.