Effects of a Chinese herbal medicine, Keishi-bukuryogan, on the gonadal system of rats

Sakamoto Shinobu, Kudo Hideki, Kawasaki Tohru, Kuwa Katsuhiko, Kasahara Noriyuki, Sassa Shuji, Okamoto Ryohei

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Keishi-bukuryo-gan (TJ-25) is a traditional Chinese herbal remedy containing five components: bark of Cinnamomum cassia, root of Poeerato lactiflora, seed of Prunus persica or P. persiba var. davidiana, carpophores of Porta cocos and root bark of Paeonia suffruticosa. This preparation has been used in the treatment of gynecological disorders such as hypermenorrhea, dysmenorrhea and infertility. In the present study, the effects of TJ-25 on plasma levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol (E2), and on uterine wet weight and thymidine kinase (TK) activity were documented in immature rats. Long-term daily oral administration of TJ-25 (300 mg/kg) for 14 days decreased plasma levels of LH, FSH and E2 by 94%, 67% and 50%, respectively, compared to controls. Uterine wet weight and TK activity were reduced to 65% and 64% that of controls, respectively. Short-term effects of TJ-25 on E2 were also examined. Thirty hours after administration of E2 (1.0 μg/kg) alone, uterine wet weight and TK activity were elevated 2.4- and 21-fold, respectively, over controls. However, simultaneous administration of TJ-25 (three consecutive doses, every 12 h) with E2 reduced E2-induced increases in uterine wet weight and TK activity by 29% and 39%, respectively. Treatment with TJ-25 also enhanced LH-RH-induced increases in plasma LH and FSH levels 1.2- and 2.5-fold, respectively, as compared with controls. The results obtained in the present study indicate that TJ-25 may act as a LH-RH antagonist and/or as a weak anti-estrogen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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