Hangbisan, Sulfur-based Oriental Medicine, Lowers the Blood Cholesterol Level of ob/ob Obese Mice

유전성 비만 마우스에 대한 항비산의 혈중 콜레스테롤 저하 효과

  • Chae, Myoung-Hee (Dept. of Food and Nutrition and Human Ecology Research Institute, Chonnam National University) ;
  • No, Jin-Gu (Baek-du Oriental Medicine Center) ;
  • Jhon, Deok-Young (Dept. of Food and Nutrition and Human Ecology Research Institute, Chonnam National University)
  • 채명희 (전남대학교 식품영양학과, 생활과학연구소) ;
  • 노진구 (광주 백두한의원) ;
  • 전덕영 (전남대학교 식품영양학과, 생활과학연구소)
  • Published : 2007.01.31


Among oriental medicine, sulfur is known to generate heat in the human body. Since body warming reaction results in the consumption of energy source, the medicines containing sulfur could help in the weight loss of laboratory rats. This study was designed to determine the possible weight loss effects of Hangbisan, sulfur based oriental medicine, on ob/ob mice. The obese mice were fed with standard diet containing 10% (w/w) Hangbisan or 10% (w/w) cellulose during 12 weeks. Hangbisan affected the weight loss of obese mice as cellulose did during experimental periods, while also reducing the level of plasma total cholesterol. These results suggest that dietary Hangbisan improved the composition of blood profiles in obese mice, and therefore has potential as an anti-obesity ingredient in the application of oriental medicine compounds.


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