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2018, Vol.18, No.1

  • 1.

    Analysis of Adverse Events in Weight Loss Program in Combination with ‘Gamitaeeumjowee-Tang’ and Low-Calorie Diet

    윤나라 , Yeong-Jae Yoo , Min-Ji Kim and 4 other persons | 2018, 18(1) | pp.1~9 | number of Cited : 5
    Objectives: The objective of this study was to assess the safety of 'Gamitaeeumjowee-tang' by analyzing adverse events in weight loss program in combination with 'Gamitaeeumjowee- tang' and low-calorie diet. Methods: A retrospective review of adverse events in weight loss program in combination with 'Gamitaeeumjowee-tang' and low-calorie diet from the electronic medical chart (n=124) between June 2015 and December 2016 was conducted. Three Korean Medicine Doctors (KMDs) reviewed adverse events for two times, during week 2 to 4 and at week 10, after starting weight loss program. Adverse events were evaluated in terms of causality, severity and system-organ classes. Also, agreement among the three KMDs was made through further discussion in case of disagreement after independent review. Results: The overall rate of adverse events was 37.1% during week 2 to 4 and 16.9% at week 10. For causality of adverse events using the World Health Organization-Uppsala Monitoring Centre causality categories, 52.2% were evaluated 'possible' at week 2-4 and 57.1% were evaluated 'unlikely' at week 10. All symptoms were evaluated as 'mild' by LDS scale. Nausea (15, 12.1%) was the most frequent adverse event at week 2-4 and dizziness (6, 4.8%) was the most common at week 10. Conclusions: Adverse events decreased over time. There were no serious adverse events and none of the subjects were dropped due to adverse events. Continuous study is needed to prove the safety of 'Gamitaeeumjowee-tang' for treating obesity.
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    Effects of Dangkwisoo-San, Ginger and Curcumin on Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 7 Channels

    KIM, BYUNG JOO | 2018, 18(1) | pp.10~18 | number of Cited : 2
    Objectives: Metabolic syndrome is correlated with increased cardiovascular risk and characterized by several factors, including visceral obesity, hypertension, insulin resistance, and dyslipidemia. Several members of a large family of nonselective cation entry channels, e.g., transient receptor potential (TRP) melastatin 7 (TRPM7) channels have been associated with the development of cardiovascular diseases. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Dangkwisoo-san, ginger and curcumin on TRPM7 channel. Methods: Human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells stably transfected with the TRPM7 expression vectors were maintained in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM) supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS), 1% penicillin/streptomycin, 5 µg/mL blasticidin, and 0.4 mg/mL zeocin in a humidified 20% O2/10% CO2 atmosphere at 37℃. Whole-cell patch clamp recordings were obtained using an Axopatch 700B amplifier and pClamp v.10.4 software, and signals were digitalized at 5 kHz using Digidata 1422A. Results: Dangkwisoo-san extract (100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 µg/mL) inhibited the outward and inward TRPM7 whole-cell currents at dose dependent manner and the half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC)50 of Dangkwisoo-san was 218.3 µg/mL. Also, ginger extract (100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 µg/mL) inhibited the outward and inward of TRPM7 whole-cell currents in a dose dependent manner and the IC50 of ginger was 877.2 µg/mL. However, curcumin had no effects on TRPM7 whole-cell currents. Conclusions: These results suggest that both Dangkwisoo-san and ginger have good roles to inhibit the TRPM7 channel, suggesting that Dangkwisoo-san and ginger are considered one of the candidate agents for the treatment of metabolic syndrome such as cardiovascular disease.
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    The Effects of Scutellaria Radix Extract on the Alcohol-Induced Fatty Acid Synthesis of Liver in Rats

    김범회 | 2018, 18(1) | pp.19~26 | number of Cited : 2
    Objectives: Alcoholic fatty liver is a potentially pathologic condition which can progress to steatohepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of Scutellaria Radix (SR) extract on the alcoholic fatty liver induced by long-term EtOH administration. Results: Male Sprague Dawley rats were used in this study. All animals were randomly divided into Normal group, treated with saline (n=10); EtOH group, treated with ethanol (n=10); EtOH+SR group, treated with ethanol+Scutellaria Radix extract (n=10). For oral administration of ethanol in EtOH and EtOH+SR group, the ethanol was dissolved in distilled water in concentrations of 25% (v/v). Throughout the experiment of 8 week, the rats were allowed free access to water and standard chow. Sample group were administrated by Scutellaria Radix extract daily for 8 weeks. Results: The levels of hepatic marker such as aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase were altered. Histopathological changes such as ballooning, fatty and hydropic degeneration were reduced and the expression of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) was significantly attenuated by Scutellaria Radix extract. Conclusions: These data suggest that Scutellaria Radix extract attenuated the alcoholic simple fatty liver by improving hepatic lipid metabolism via suppression of TNF-α protein. Scutellaria Radix could be effective in protecting the liver from alcoholic fatty liver.
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    The Effects of Daecheongryoung-tang on Anti-weight Gain and Anti-hyperlipidemic in Obese Sprague Dawley Rat Induced by High Fat Diet

    조은진 , Seung-Jeong Yang , Cho-Sung Hee | 2018, 18(1) | pp.27~35 | number of Cited : 3
    Objectives: The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of Daecheongryoung–tang (DCR) therapy on body weight, serum total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, triglyceride, free fatty acid, total lipid, phospholipid level and complete blood cell count of obese rats. Methods: 34 rats are divided into 4 groups, the rats in the normal group are 7 and the rats in the other group are 9 per group; Normal group (general fat diet and no medication), Control group (high-fat diet and no medication), DCR_L group (high-fat diet and DCR 250 mg medication) and DCR_H group (high-fat diet and DCR 500 mg medication). DCR is administrated for 6 weeks. Results: There is significant statistical difference between Control group and DCR-H group for the body weight, the total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglyceride, free fatty acid level. Also, there is significant statistical difference among Control group, DCR_L group and DCR_H group for body weight, triglyceride, free fatty acid and phospholipid level. Conclusions: These results suggest that medication of DCR_L and DCR_H is effective for the treatment of obesity.
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    Repeated Dose 90-Day Oral Toxicity Study of Modified Samjung-Hwan in Sprague-Dawley Rats

    Min-Jee Kim , Myeong-Jong Lee , Hojun Kim | 2018, 18(1) | pp.36~49 | number of Cited : 1
    Objectives: The study is aimed at evaluating the possible toxicity in 90-day repeated oral administration of modified Samjung-hwan (mSJH) in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. This study was conducted to detect the no-observed adverse effect level (NOAEL). Methods: Modified SJH extract was administered orally in male and female SD rats at dose of 0, 1,000, 2,000, 4,000 mg/kg. Each group consisted of 10 rats of each gender. The modified SJH extract was given once a day for 90 days. We monitored the changes of mortalities, clinical signs, body weight changes, food consumption, ophthalmologic findings, urine analysis, hematology, serum biochemistry, necropsy findings, organ weights, histological markers of all animals treated with modified SJH extract during the study period. Results: There were no toxicologically significant changes in mortalities, clinical signs, body weight gains, food consumption, ophthalmologic findings, urine analysis, hematology, serum biochemistry, necropsy findings, organ weights, histological markers in any of rats tested. Conclusions: The NOAEL of the modified SJH extract in male rats and no observed effect level (NOEL) in female rats are considered 4,000 mg/kg.
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    Effects of the Obesity Therapy with Korean Herbal Medicine on Menstrual Cycle Disorder: Case Series

    이지현 | 2018, 18(1) | pp.50~56 | number of Cited : 1
    Obesity is associated with menstrual cycle disorder. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical effect of the obesity therapy with Korean herbal medicine (KHM) on obese female patient with oligomenorrhea or amenorrhea. This is a retrospective observational study performed on obesity patients with oligomenorrhea or amenorrhea. Nine patients were treated with KHM and lifestyle management at least 2 months. During the treatment, body weight, body mass index (BMI), percent body fat (PBF) and menstrual cycle length were checked afterwards. Body weight, BMI, and PBF of the patients were decreased during treatments. Five of 9 subjects recovered to normal menstrual cycle. Two subjects improved menstrual cycle. The other subjects remained at oligomenorrhea or amenorrhea. This study shows that the obesity therapy including KHM could be effective to improve menstrual cycle on obese patient. Further large scale studies are necessary for more evidences.