Am J Chin Med. 1997 ; 25(1): 21-6.
Effects of moxibustion on blood pressure and renal function in spontaneously hypertensive rats.
Department of Physiology, Wonkwang University College of Oriental Medicine, Iri, Korea.
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of moxibustion at the meridian points BL-15 (Xin-shu) and BL-27 (Xiao-chang-shu) on renal function, systolic blood pressure, plasma levels of renin activity, aldosterone and atrial natriuretic peptide in spontaneously hypertensive rats. The results showed that urine volume increased significantly after moxibustion at the meridian points BL-15, but decreased at BL-27. Urinary excretion of Na+ decreased after moxibustion at the meridian points BL-15 and BL-27. Systolic blood pressure decreased after moxibustion at the meridian point BL-15. No effect was observed at BL-27. Plasma levels of aldosterone and renin activity increased significantly, but the levels of atrial natriuretic peptide decreased significantly after moxibustion at BL-15. Plasma levels of aldosterone and atrial natriuretic peptide increased significantly after moxibustion at the meridian points BL-27. These results suggest that the meridian points BL-15 and BL-27 are related to the regulation of renal function and the secretion of hormone with body fluid metabolism.