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Table 2 Plasma levels of ghrelin

From: Effects of Rikkunshito (traditional Japanese medicine) on enteral feeding and the plasma ghrelin level in critically ill patients: a pilot study

  Metoclopramide Rikkunshito P
n = 13 n = 10
Active ghrelin (fmol/mL)    
 Pre-treatment (day 0) 20.8 ± 17.1 29.2 ± 18.0 0.023
 Post-treatment (day 10) 32.3 ± 37.9 60.4 ± 56.8
Desacyl ghrelin (fmol/mL)    
 Pre-treatment (day 0) 62.5 ± 27.5 77.9 ± 44.4 0.784
 Post-treatment (day 10) 115.3 ± 63.8 122.8 ± 80.6