Chinese phytotherapy to reduce stress, anxiety and improve quality of life: randomized controlled trial

  • Leonice Fumiko Sato Kurebayashi Universidade de São Paulo; School of Nursing
  • Ruth Natalia Teresa Turrini Universidade de São Paulo; School of Nursing; Medical Surgical Nursing Department
  • Gisele Kuba Universidade de São Paulo; School of Nursing
  • Miki Hoshi Minamizawa Shimizu Instituto de Terapia Integrada e Oriental
  • Raymond Sehiji Takiguch Universidade de São Paulo; Institute of Biological Sciences
Keywords: Phytotherapy, Stress, Psychological, Anxiety, Medicine, Chinese Traditional

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of Chinese phytotherapyto reduce stress levels, anxiety and improve quality of life. METHOD double-blind randomized controlled trial with 89 volunteers divided into three groups: control (no intervention), Placebo and Phytotherapy. The study was conducted in 2015 with healthy adults treated at the Integrated and Eastern Therapy Institute,in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Participants were evaluated at baseline and after three weeks with the Stress Symptoms List (SSL), Anxiety Inventory-Trait and State and SF12v2 for quality of life. Intervention groups received a placebo or Gan May Zao formula (GMDZ)flaskwith 50 ml. RESULTS According to ANOVA, there were significant differences (p = 0.025) after treatment of stress (SSL2). And the difference was between control and Phytotherapy groups, according to the Tukey post hoc (p = 0.022). There were no differences in the levels of state-anxiety and physical and mental domains in the SF12v2. CONCLUSION The GMDZ formula reduced stress levels, but more studies are needed with greater sample, with reassessment of dosage and a longer period of treatment to confirm and extend the results. Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials: RBR-28s4hz.

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Published
2016-10-01
How to Cite
Kurebayashi, L., Turrini, R., Kuba, G., Shimizu, M., & Takiguch, R. (2016). Chinese phytotherapy to reduce stress, anxiety and improve quality of life: randomized controlled trial. Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 50(5), 853-860. https://doi.org/10.1590/s0080-623420160000600020
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