Herb formula "Fufangqishe-Pill" prevents upright posture-induced intervertebral disc degeneration at the lumbar in rats

Qian Qian Liang, Zhi Jie Xi, Qin Bian, Xue Jun Cui, Chen Guang Li, Wei Hou, Qi Shi, Yong Jun Wang

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Degeneration of the lumbar spine plays an important role in most chronic low back pain. Prevention of lumbar intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is therefore a high research priority. Both our previous multicenter clinical trials and pharmacological research showed that Fufangqishe-Pill (FFQSP), a newly patented traditional Chinese medicine, could effectively relieve the symptoms of neck pain and prevent cervical degeneration. To clarify the effect of FFQSP on lumbar IVD degeneration, we applied a lumbar IVD degeneration rat model induced by prolonged upright posture. Pretreatment of FFQSP for one month prevented the histological changes indicating IVD disorganization; increased type II-collagen level, decreased type X-collagen protein level, and increased Col2α1 mRNA expression at all time points; and decreased Col10α1, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, MMP13, and Interleukin (IL)-1β mRNA expression induced by upright posture for 7 and 9 months. These results suggest that FFQSP prevents lumbar IVD degeneration induced by upright posture. FFQSP is a promising medicine for lumbar IVD degeneration disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 17 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic low back pain
  • Extracellular matrix
  • Fufangqishe-Pill
  • Lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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