1987 Volume 40 Issue 7 Pages 485-490
We induced renal dysfunction in dogs by giving them 3 mg/kg of mercuric chloride, and we then gave them electric acupuncture treatment in order to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture and moxibustion therapy against systemic diseases in dogs.
Symptoms improved in 4 of 6 dogs given electric acupuncture; the four animals showing improvement survived even after the end of the experimental period (10 days after the mercuric chloride was given). Increased GOT and BUN values in these four dogs reduced more rapidly than those in the control dogs. Marked cellular infiltration suggesting regeneration of necrosis was observed in the renal tissues. Symptoms such as anuria, vomiting or diarrhea did not improve in the 6 control dogs given no electric acupuncture; all of the control dogs died during experimental period.
These result suggest that electric acupuncture restores renal function and repairs the renal tissues in experimental renal dysfunction; that the clinical application of electric acupuncture to dogs with renal diseases can be expected in the future; and that electric acupuncture is effective in the treatment of various systemic diseases.