The effects of linalool acupoint application therapy on sleep regulation

Published on Feb 2, 2021in RSC Advances3.119
· DOI :10.1039/D0RA09751A
Lei Xu3
Estimated H-index: 3
(SPU: Shenyang Pharmaceutical University),
Xiaofei Li (SPU: Shenyang Pharmaceutical University)+ 4 AuthorsYuqing Zhao16
Estimated H-index: 16
(SPU: Shenyang Pharmaceutical University)
The Shenque acupoint is located in the umbilicus of the human body. In the human body meridians, the Shenque acupoint can regulate body functions. The Shenque acupoint was one of the important acupuncture acupoints for the treatment of insomnia. However, the effect of linalool applied at the Shenque acupoint to improve sleep was unknown. This study explored the hypnotic and sedative effects of the main component of lavender, linalool, on the Shenque acupoint of mice and rats. The effects on the sleep latency and sleep duration were studied with the supra-threshold dose of pentobarbital sodium, and the effects on the sleep rate were studied with the sub-threshold dose of pentobarbital sodium. In order to further study the feasibility and superiority of linalool administered at the Shenque acupoint, a pharmacokinetic study was carried out. The pharmacodynamic results showed that the mice and rats treated with linalool at Shenque had the highest sleep rate, the shortest sleep latency, and the longest sleep duration compared with other groups. The Tmax and t1/2 of the LS were longer than those of the LO, and had the characteristics of sustained release. The relative bioavailability of LS was 323.0 ± 31.66%. This showed that the combination of linalool and the Shenque acupoint had greater medicinal effects. This development will provide a new direction for improving sleep.
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