Holy Basil for General Stress

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A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of an extract of holy basil in the symptomatic control of general stress. After six weeks of intervention, scores of symptoms such as forgetfulness, sexual problems of recent origin, frequent feeling of exhaustion, and frequent sleep problems of recent origin, as well as total symptom scores decreased significantly in the holy basil group as compared with placebo group. Holy basil group was found to improve symptoms of general stress by 39% when compared to placebo.

Holy basil group was found to improve symptoms of general stress by 39% when compared to placebo.


Saxena RC, Singh R, Kumar P, et al. Efficacy of an extract of Ocimum tenuiflorum (holy basil) in the management of general stress: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2012;2012:894509.


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