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The Effect of Oral Administration at Herbal Medicines in Animal Models on Obesity: A Review of Animal Study Reports Published in Korea after 2010
J Korean Med Rehabil 2017;27:13-32
Published online July 31, 2017;
Copyright © 2017 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Jung-Min Kim, K.M.D., Soo-Min Choi, K.M.D., Doo-Hwa Yang, K.M.D., Hee-Duk An, K.M.D.

Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation, College of Korean Medicine, Daegu Hanny University
Correspondence to: Hee-Duk An, Department of Rehabiliation Medicine of Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Daegu Hanny University, 136 Sincheondong-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu 42158, Korea
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Received June 19, 2017; Revised June 29, 2017; Accepted July 2, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives This study is to review the effect of herbal medicines on obesity in animal models reported in Korean domestic journals after 2010.
Methods The Databases (Koreantk, KISS, NDSL) are searched with terms as obesity, and animal study reports on obesity with herbal medicines after 2010 were reviewed. Animal model, intervention, and obesity indicator were extracted.
Results 69 articles were reviewed. 57 studies used high fat diet to induce obesity. 56 studies used complex herbal medicines. Most used herbal material for anti-obesity effect is Ephedrae Herba. Each study shows significant changes of obesity indicators.
Conclusions These results suggest that herbal medicine is effective treatment to obesity. But we need continuously agonize and research more effective and safe herbal medicine.
Keywords : Obesity, Herbal medicine, Animal Model, Review

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