The Effect of Chinese Herbs on the Cytokines of Rats with Endometriosis
AbstractObjective: The aim of this study was to study the regulatory function of Chinese medicine—YiWeiNing (YWN) on the cytokines of endometriosis (EM) model rats. Materials and Methods: After successfully creating EM models of rats, all were separated randomly into five groups: high dose of YWN (5.4 g/100 g), low dose of YWN (1.8 g/100 g), Danazol group (3.6 mg/100 g), a model group, and a false-operation group. They were then reviewed for the variation of the amount of TNF-α (tumor necrosis factor-alpha), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and interleukin-8 (IL-8). Results: The content of TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-8 in the peripheral blood of the model group was apparently higher than the false-operation group ( p < 0.01), and YWN reduced the amount of TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-8 in the serums of the model group's rats. This made these cytokines tend toward normal levels without an apparent variation, when compared with the false-operation group ( p > 0.05). Conclusions: YWN can prevent the growth of ectopic endometrium by inhibiting the synthesis and secretion of TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-8.