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Keywords:

  • stress;
  • mood;
  • students;
  • herb;
  • anxiety

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a Korean traditional herbal remedy, Ondamtanggamibang, on symptoms of stress and mood state in a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial. Forty healthy high school girls volunteered to participate and were randomly assigned to either an herbal remedy group (N = 20) or a placebo control group (N = 20). Subjects consumed the supplement or placebo once a day for 3 days. Total symptoms of stress and total mood disturbance scores decreased significantly in the herbal remedy group as compared with the control group. These results suggest that this Korean traditional herbal supplement may be beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of stress and in enhancing mood. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.