Effects of Ginsenoside Total Saponins on Experimental Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Rats

  • Kim, Jong-Hoon (Research Laboratory for the Study of Ginseng Signal Transduction and Dept. of Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University) ;
  • Nah, Seung-Yeol (Research Laboratory for the Study of Ginseng Signal Transduction and Dept. of Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University)
  • Published : 2005.06.01


In the previous study, we reported that the in viかo inhibitory effect of ginsenosides, active ingredient of Panax ginseng, on $5-HT_{3A}$ receptor channel activity is coupled to in vivo anti-vomiting and anti-nausea effect. In the present study, we further investigated that the inhibitory effect of ginsenosides, active ingredient of Panax ginseng, on 5-HT3A receptor channel activity is also coupled to attenuation of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is induced by colorectal distention (CRD) and $0.6\%$ acetic acid treatment. The CRD-induced visceral pains induced by CRD and acetic acid treatment are measured by frequency of contractions of the external oblique muscle in conscious rats. Treatment of GTS significantly inhibited CRD-induced visceral pain with dose-dependent manner. The $EC_{50}$ was $5.5{\pm}4.7$ mg/kg ($95\%$ confidence intervals: 1.2-15.7) and the antinociceptive effect of GTS on visceral pain was persistent for 4 h. We also compared the effects of protopanaxadiol (PD) ginsenosides and protopanaxatriol (PT) ginsenosides with saline on acetic acid-and CRD-induced visceral pain, and found that protopanaxatriol (PT) ginsenosides was much more potent than PD ginsenosides in attenuating CRD-induced visceral pain. These results indicate that U ginsenosides of Panax ginseng are components far attenuation of experimentally CRD-induced visceral pains.


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