This study investigated whether immediate acupuncture effects in the acupoint are histamine dependent. Both histamine injection and manual acupuncture stimulation increased the pain threshold (PT) after treatment compared with the model group (P <0.01), producing an analgesic effect. After pretreatment with clemastine, an H1 receptor antagonist and an antipruritic, the increase in the animals' pain threshold after acupuncture was suppressed compared with the Acu group (P <0.01); however, there was no interference with the acupuncture-induced degranulation of mast cells. Pretreatment with disodium cromolyn did not suppress the increase in PT induced by the histamine injection at Zusanli (ST-36). We conclude that in adjuvant-induced arthritic rats, acupuncture analgesic effects are histamine dependent, and this histamine dependence determines the acupoint preference of acupoints away from the target site in acupuncture practice. © 2012 Meng Huang et al.
Huang, M., Zhang, D., Sa, Z. Y., Xie, Y. Y., Gu, C. L., & Ding, G. H. (2012). In adjuvant-induced arthritic rats, acupuncture analgesic effects are histamine dependent: Potential reasons for acupoint preference in clinical practice. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/810512