Basic Study
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World J Gastroenterol. Jan 28, 2015; 21(4): 1117-1124
Published online Jan 28, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i4.1117
Effects of traditional Chinese herbal medicine San-Huang-Xie-Xin-Tang on gastrointestinal motility in mice
Min Woo Hwang, Tae Seok Ahn, Noo Ri Hong, Han-Sol Jeong, Myeong Ho Jung, Ki-Tae Ha, Byung Joo Kim
Min Woo Hwang, Department of Sasang Constitutional Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701, South Korea
Tae Seok Ahn, Noo Ri Hong, Han-Sol Jeong, Myeong Ho Jung, Ki-Tae Ha, Byung Joo Kim, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan 626-870, South Korea
Author contributions: Kim BJ designed the study; Hwang MW, Ahn TS and Hong NR performed the experiments; Ahn TS, Jeong H, Jung MH and Ha K analyzed the data; Hwang MW and Kim BJ wrote the paper.
Supported by National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean government, No. 2014R1A5A2009936.
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Correspondence to: Byung Joo Kim, PhD, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Beomeori, Mulgeum-eup, Gyeongsangnamdo, Yangsan 626-870, South Korea.
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Received: June 24, 2014
Peer-review started: June 25, 2014
First decision: July 21, 2014
Revised: August 5, 2014
Accepted: September 29, 2014
Article in press: September 30, 2014
Published online: January 28, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: San-Huang-Xie-Xin-Tang (SHXXT), a traditional Chinese medicinal formula, is widely used in Eastern Asia, particularly to ameliorate the symptoms of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Our data suggest that SHXXT is a novel candidate for the development of a prokinetic agent that may prevent or alleviate GI motility dysfunctions in humans. Considering the effects of this drug on GI motility, further research is required to identify the compounds responsible for the effects of SHXXT and to determine their mechanisms of action.