Research: Sun Ten Rehmannia Six Formula (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan) Has Potential Against Overweight and Obesity


Liuwei Dihuang Lowers Body Weight and Improves Insulin and Leptin Sensitivity

in Obese Rats


Benjamin Perry, Junzeng Zhang, Changhao Sun, Tarek Saleh, and YanwenWang



The present study was aimed at investigating the efficacy and mechanism(s) of action of a Chinese herbal formulation, Liuwei Dihuang (LWDH), as a prospective natural weight-lowering product. Following a 2-week acclimation period, 48 obesity-prone (OP-CD) rats were divided into 4 groups (n = 12 each). One group served as a positive control for obesity (OP), while the other 3 were challenged twice daily by oral gavage with total daily dosages of 500, 1500, or 3500 mg/kg BW LWDH, respectively, for 10 weeks. One group (n = 12) of obesity-resistant (OR-CD) rats served as the normal control group. All rats were fed the same AIN-93G diet modified to contain 60% energy from fat. The highest LWDH dose significantly reduced body weight during the last 4 weeks of treatment. Food intake was reduced beginning in week 2. The high LWDH dose lowered serum triglyceride (TG) and nonesterified fatty acid (NEFA) levels and body fat. Both the high and medium doses also lowered serum leptin and insulin levels. Liver function testing revealed no adverse side effects under the current experimental conditions. The results of the present study suggest that LWDH has potential as a preventive or therapeutic natural product against overweight and obesity.


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1.              Introduction

2.              Material and Methods

1.           Animals and Diet

2.           Preparation and Dose Consideration of Concentrated LWDH Pills

3.           Measurement of Serum Lipids

4.           Measurement of Serum Nonesterified Fatty Acids

5.           Measurement of Serum Insulin and Leptin

6.           Measurement of Liver Enzymes in the Serum

7.           Statistical Analysis

3.              Results

1.           LWDH Significantly Lowered Body Weight in Obese Rats

2.           Effect of LWDH on Body Fat Composition in Obese Rats

3.           Effect of LWDH on Weekly Food Intake in Obese Rats

4.           Lipid-Lowering Effects of LWDH in Obese Rats

5.           LWDH Significantly Lowered Serum Nonesterified Fatty Acids in Obese Rats

6.           LWDH Significantly Lowered Serum Insulin and Leptin in Obese Rats

7.           Serum Liver Enzyme Profile in Obese Rats in Response to LWDH Treatment

4.              Discussion

5.              References


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