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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 892406, 7 pages
Research Article

Effects of Acupuncture Knife on Inflammatory Factors and Pain in Third Lumbar Vertebrae Transverse Process Syndrome Model Rats

1School of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, No. 11 North 3rd Ring East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029, China
2Acupuncture & Moxibustion and Physiotherapy Department, Beijing Shuili Hospital, No. 19 Yu Yuan Tan South Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100036, China
3Acupuncture and Moxibustion Department, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, No. 2 The Ying Hua Yuan East Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029, China
4School of Basic Medical Sciences, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, No. 11 North 3rd Ring East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029, China

Received 29 July 2014; Accepted 8 October 2014; Published 2 December 2014

Academic Editor: Zhang Weibo

Copyright © 2014 Jia Ni Yu 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.


The aim of this paper was to explore the long-term effects and pain relief mechanism of acupuncture knife on third lumbar vertebrae (L3) transverse process syndrome. Forty SD rats were randomized into control, model, electroacupuncture (EA), and acupuncture knife (AK) group. Except control rats, other rats were subjected to an operation to emulate L3 transverse process syndrome. Fourteen days after the operation, EA and AK rats were given electroacupuncture and acupuncture knife treatments, respectively. Fifty-six days after the operation, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to measure substance P (SP), 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), interleukin-10 (IL-10), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) in peripheral blood. The tail flick test was used to observe pain threshold. We found that rats with the simulation operation had significantly higher levels of SP, 5-HT, IL-1, IL-10, TNF-α, and TGF-β, while the AK rats had lower levels. In addition, the pain threshold of AK rats was similar to that of control rats. AK pretreatment could alleviate pain through modulating inflammatory response.