Kristen Sparrow • March 06, 2021
This acupuncture approach to bolstering deficient blood cell counts with chemotherapy, something that limits how much treatment a patient can get, may be promising. I’ve typically said that acupuncture probably doesn’t have a role in fighting cancer per se, but helps in optimizing during treatment. This may be further evidence that this could be true.
Lu M, Xiao T, Cao D, Zhang H, Li J, Wang G. [Effects of acupuncture and moxibustion on serum contents of hematopoietic growth factor in mice with marrow inhibition]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2015 Mar;35(3):264-8. Chinese. PMID: 26062199.
Objective: To observe serum contents of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) in mice with marrow inhibition before and after acupuncture and moxibustion treatment, so as to discuss the molecular biological mechanisms of acupuncture and moxibustion on improving marrow inhibition and increasing white cells after chemotherapy.
Methods: Eighty clean-grade male Kunming mice were selected and randomly divided into a normal group, a model group, an acupuncture group and a moxibustion group according to the weight, 20 cases in each one. Mice in the model group, acupuncture group and moxibustion group were injected with cyclophosphamide (CTX) to establish mice models of marrow inhibition, while mice in the normal group received intraperitoneal injection of 0.9% NaCl. Four hours after model establishment, mice in the acupuncture group and moxibustion group were treated with acupuncture or moxibustion at “Dazhui” (GV 14), “Geshu” (BL 17), “Shenshu” (BL 23) and “Zusanli” (ST 36), respectively. Mice in the normal group and model group were immobilized without any treatment. All the treatment was given once a day for consecutive 5 days. Mice blood samples were collected from caudal vein. With manual examination, the white blood cells in peripheral blood were measured on each day from model establishment to end of treatment. Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method was used to measure the serum contents of GM-CSF and G-CSF 3 days and 5 days after treatment.
Results: Compared with the normal group, the white cells in the model group were all reduced at each time point (all P<0.05), and the serum contents of GM-CSF and G-CSF were significantly reduced (all P<0.05). Three days after treatment, compared with the model group, the white cells in the acupuncture group and moxibustion group were increased, and the difference in acupuncture group was significant (P<0.05); the serum contents of GM-CSF and G-CSF were significantly lifted (P<0.05). Four days after treatment, compared with the model group, the white cells in the acupuncture group and moxibustion group were increased (both P<0.05). Five days after treatment, compared with the model group, the white cells in the acupuncture group and moxibustion group were increased and close to the normal level; the serum contents of GM-CSF and G-CSF were significantly lifted (all P<0.05).
Conclusion: Through increasing serum contents of GM-CSF and G-CSF in CTX mice, acupuncture and moxibustion could prompt maturation and proliferation of myeloid hematopoietic cells, which is benefit to the reconstruction of hematopoietic function and relieve the marrow inhibition caused by CTX, and thus lift peripheral white blood cells.