Single Intramuscular-dose Toxicity of Samgihwalryeok-Pharmacopuncture in Sprague-Dawley Rats

  • Kim, Sung-Chul (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Wonkwang Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital) ;
  • Ahn, Seong-Hun (Department of Meridians & Acupoints, College of Oriental Medicine, Wonkwang University)
  • Received : 2014.03.06
  • Accepted : 2014.05.19
  • Published : 2014.06.30


Objectives: This study was performed to examine the single-dose toxicity of Samgihwalryeok pharmacopuncture. Methods: Forty six-week-old Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into four groups of 10 rats each; each group was then sub-divided into two smaller groups, one of five males and the other of five females. Group 1 (G1, control) received 1.0 mL of normal saline solution, while group 2 (G2, low-dose group), group 3 (G3, mid-does group, and group 4 (G4, high-dose group) received 0.1, 0.5, and 1.0 mL of Samgihwalryeok pharmacopuncture, respectively. Results: No mortalities or clinical signs were observed in the four groups. Also, no significant changes in body weights were observed among the group, and no significant differences in hematology/biochemistry, necropsy, or histopathology results were noted. Conclusion: The above findings suggest that treatment with Samgihwalryeok pharmacopuncture is relatively safe. Further studies on this subject are needed.


acupuncture;pharmacopuncture;Samgihwalryeok pharmacopuncture;single toxicity test


Supported by : Wonkwang University


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