African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Anti-diabetic effects of Zhuoduqing formula, a Chinese herbal decoction, on a rat model of type 2 diabetes

Xiao-Tao Feng, Shu-Yan Tang, Yun-Xia Jiang, Wei Zhao


Background: Zhuoduqing formula (ZDQ) is a Chinese herbal decoction and used to treat type 2 diabetes in clinical practice, but the potential evidence needs to be provided.

Materials and Methods: Type 2 diabetic model rats were induced by feeding high fat diet (HFD) and intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (STZ). The model rats were given ZDQ for 4 weeks. Insulin sensitivity was evaluated by homeostasis model assessment of basal insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) and intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT). Blood insulin and tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) levels as well as SOCS-3 levels in skeletal muscles were analyzed by ELISA.

Results: ZDQ significantly decreased fasting blood glucose, ameliorated HOMA-IR and IPGTT, and reduced triglyceride and total cholesterol in type 2 diabetic rats. Moreover, ZDQ remarkably lowered blood TNF-α levels and inhibited SOCS-3 levels in skeletal muscles.

Conclusion: The results display that ZDQ performs anti-diabetic functions in type 2 diabetic rats induced by feeding HFD and intraperitoneal injection of STZ.

Keywords: Insulin sensitivity, Chinese medicine, anti-diabetic effect, inflammatory factor, SOCS-3

Abbreviations: ZDQ, zhuoduqing formula; ROS, rosiglitazone; HOMA-IR, homeostasis model assessment of basal insulin resistance; IPGTT, intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test; HFD, high fat diet; SOCS-3, suppressor of cytokine signaling-3; TNF-α, tumour necrosis factor-α.

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