Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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Evaluation of the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of green tea (Camellia sinensis) in mice

Mota, Matheus Alves de LimaLandim, José Saul PeixotoTargino, Thiago Sousa SilvaSilva, Silvia Fernandes Ribeiro daSilva, Sônia Leite daPereira, Márcio Roberto Pinho

PURPOSE: To evaluate the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of green tea (Camellia sinensis) in mice.METHODS:The anti-inflammatory effect of alcoholic extracts of green tea (AE) was evaluated in a cell migration assay with four groups of six Swiss mice receiving 0.07g/Kg or 0.14g/Kg EA (treatment groups), saline (negative control) or 10mg/Kg indomethacin (positive control) by gavage. One hour later 300 µg carrageen an was administered intraperitoneally or subcutaneously. The analgesic effect was evaluated using four groups of six animals receiving 0.07g/Kg or 0.14g/Kg EA, saline or 10mg/Kg indomethacin subcutaneously, followed 30 minutes later by 1% acetic acid.RESULTS: When administered subcutaneously at either dose (0.07g/Kg and 0.14g/Kg), AE inhibited carrageenan-induced cell migration (p 0.05). However, when administered by gavage, only the latter (0.14 g/Kg) was efficient (p 0.05). AE at both doses (0.07g/Kg and 0.14g/Kg) inhibited abdominal contortions (p 0.05), but the effect was not dose-dependent.CONCLUSION:Green tea was shown to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and may constitute a natural treatment option in chronic inflammatory disorders.(AU)

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