Moxibustion improves fertility in aging females
Ovarian aging is a natural physiological phenomenon accompanied by follicular atresia as well as the decline of oocyte quality.
Moxibustion treatment was applied to the 10-month female rats for 2 or 6 months to evaluate whether moxibustion could delay ovarian aging.
We demonstrated that moxibustion treatment could attenuate oxidative stress and apoptosis in ovaries, which lead to ovarian aging.
The ovary histomorphology, serum FSH, E2 levels as well as aging markers P21 and P16 expression were compared among the groups, which showed that moxibustion treatment could alleviate the ovary fibrosis, decrease the aging markers expression and increase secretion of ovary functional hormones.
In conclusion, our research revealed that moxibustion could improve ovary function by suppressing apoptosis events and upregulating antioxidant defenses in the natural aging ovary.
Yang, X, et al. (2019). Moxibustion improves ovary function by suppressing apoptosis events and upregulating antioxidant defenses in natural aging ovary. Life Sci. 2019 Jul 15;229:166-172. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2019.05.040.