Objectives This study intended to evaluate antioxidative, anti-inflammatory effects of Jibaekjihwang-tang on monosodium iodoacetate (MIA)-induced osteoarthritic rat model and investigate the potential mechanism.
Methods Jibaekjihwang-tang (100 or 200 ㎎/㎏ body weight) was orally administered once daily for 2 weeks days from day 7 after intra-articular MIA injection. And blood analysis, the histologic examinations were performed. Moreover, protein expressions related to anti-oxidant and cartilage degradation and anti-inflammatory cytokines were measured by western blot analysis in cartilaginous tissue.
Results Jibaekjihwang-tang reduced serum inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necosis factors-α and interleukin-6. Furthermore, the increase of anti-oxidant enzymes reversed the oxidative stress caused by MIA. Meanwhile, Jibaekjihwang-tang suppressed MIA-induced inflammation and cartilage degradation in cartilaginous tissue.
Conclusions Jibaekjihwang-tang alleviated MIA-induced inflammation. Jibaekjihwang-tang was associated with a protective effect on cartilage and by reducing inflammation and cartilage degradation. These findings provide new approaches for understanding osteoarthritis therapy. (J Korean Med Rehabil 2020;30(2):1-18)