Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2005;45(4):581-585.
Acupuncture analgesia for operation in Korean native goats
Soo-jin Lee1, Chang-sik Park2, Moo-hyung Jun1, Nam-joong Kim3, Jae-il Lee1, Young-suk Kim1, Myung-jin Kim1, Jae-yon Lee1, Seong-mok Jeong1, Duck-hwan Kim1, Myung-cheol Kim1
1College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University
2Division of Animal Science & Resources, Research Center for Transgenic Cloned Pigs, Chungnam National University
3Department of Companion animal Science, HyeChon College
The purpose of this study is to establish the analgesic effects of electroacupuncture for Korean native goat. Electroacupuncture was applied to the 6 Korean native goats. In 3 of them, rumenotomy was performed, and in the other 3, laparotomy was done. The analgesic induction time was 15 to 30 minutes. The acupoints used were Tian-ping (Celestial Peace, GV-5), Bai-hui (Hundred Meetings, GV-20), left 13th thoracic nerve and left 3rd lumbar nerve. Electroacupuncture was performed in lateral recumbency. Needles were inserted 1-2 cm deep, and connected to the electroacupuncture apparatus. The electrical stimulation condition was 30 Hz and 2-6 volts. Initially, the voltage of analgesia mode was maximized in each channel. And, the output was slowly reduced to the critical point that goats could tolerate without obvious discomfort or pain. Surgical operation was done successfully under electroacupuncture analgesia in 6 Korean native goats. In addition, the changes of temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate were studied during acupuncture analgesia. For 3 months after surgery, no experimental animals showed clinical problem in 6 Korean native goats.
Key Words: acupuncture, analgesia, Korean native goat, operation

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