Anti-diarrheal and spasmolytic activities and acute toxicity study of Soonkijangquebo, a herbal anti-diarrheal formula.

Department of Pharmacology and Medicinal Toxicology Research Center, Inchon 402-751, South Korea.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Impact Factor: 2.76). 04/2004; 91(1):75-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2003.11.019
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ABSTRACT The anti-diarrheal and spasmolytic activities of Soonkijangquebo (SKJQB), a Korean herbal anti-diarrheal formulation, were subjected to pharmacological evaluation. SKJQB, at a dose of 50-200 mg/kg, inhibited castor oil-induced diarrhea in mice. The median effective dose (ED50) for the anti-diarrheal effect was 93 mg/kg. In isolated rabbit jejunum preparations, SKJQB produced a spasmolytic effect by the relaxation of spontaneous contractions in a dose-dependent manner. The median effective concentration (EC50) for the spasmolytic effect was 3.6 mg/ml. In isolated guinea pig ileum preparations, SKJQB also produced a spasmolytic effect by reduction of acetylcholine-induced contractions. When tested against calcium channel blockade in rabbit jejunum, SKJQB caused a dose-dependent rightward shift in the Ca2+ dose-response curves, similar to that produced by verapamil, a well-known calcium antagonist. In an acute toxicity study in Sprague-Dawley rats, the median lethal dose (LD50) of SKJQB was greater than 2000 mg/kg, and no pathological changes were noticed in macroscopic examination by necropsy of rats treated with SKJQB. Thus, SKJQB may be safely used as a spasmolytic as well as an anti-diarrheal agent.

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