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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 42  |  Page : 381-388

Effects of Valerianae Radix et Rhizoma extract on psychological stress in mice

1 Department of Health Service and Population Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College of London, London, United Kingdom
2 Department of Sport Science, College of Sport Science, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Gyeongnam, Korea
3 Department of Korean Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Gyeongnam, Korea

Correspondence Address:
Su-In Cho
School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Beomeo-ri, Mulgeum-eup, Yangsan, Gyeongnam 626-870
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1296.153093

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Background: The aim of this study was to identify the effects of Valerianae Radix et Rhizoma water extract (VRe) originated from Valeriana fauriei Briquet on reducing psychological stress (PS) on mice. Objective: Mice were put under PS with communication box method: Restraining mice and forcing to see other mice underfoot shock stress. Materials and Methods: Measurements on plasma corticosterone, noradrenaline and lipid peroxidation, and elevated plus-maze (EPM) tests were carried out to determine the effect of VRe administration on physiological and behavioral responses of mice. Results: VRe showed anxiolytic effects in plasma corticosterone, noradrenaline, and EPM transfer latency levels, but it did not show any significant effects on the other indicators. Conclusion: V. fauriei, which has been used as a natural anxiolytic drug, exerts positive effects in the communication box induced PS in mice.

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