Moxibustion Activates Macrophage Autophagy and Protects Experimental Mice against Bacterial Infection
Bacterial infection is alleviated by moxibustion. (a) Mice were injected intraperitoneally with 10 LD50 Staphylococcus aureus as an acute bacterial model. At 1 h later, mice were untreated or administered moxibustion as indicated. The parallel tests without bacterial infection were performed following the same procedures. Survival was monitored for 48 h after moxibustion ( mice/group) and the log-rank test was performed for the survival curve. , primed group versus 30 min moxibustion group. (b) Once mice died or were sacrificed at 48 h after moxibustion, peritoneal fluids were collected immediately and plated on LB agar to measure the activity of bacterial colony formation. .