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Efficacy of Ocimum sanctum for Relieving Stress: A Preclinical Study

SM Manjunath, Lakshmana Rao Bathala, Ch Vekateswara Rao, S Vinuta, Raghu Vemulapalli

Citation Information : Manjunath S, Bathala LR, Rao CV, Vinuta S, Vemulapalli R. Efficacy of Ocimum sanctum for Relieving Stress: A Preclinical Study. J Contemp Dent Pract 2012; 13 (6):782-786.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1229

Published Online: 01-04-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; The Author(s).


History and objective

The aim of this study was to study the anxiolytic effects of Ocimum sanctum stress-induced anxiety.

Materials and methods

The study was carried out using male albino rats (200 ± 50 gm), male albino mice (25 ± 100) the effect of O. sanctum evaluated for anxiety and depression using forced swim test FST and rotarod test.


Restraint stress (3 hours/day for six consecutive days) induced a significant reduction. It was significantly decreases the mobility period during stress. The standard deviation values are 14.4 and 9.26 and is statistically significant (p = 0.001). In rotarod test, (a) increased latency and (b) decreased ambulation and rearing were also reversed by O. sanctum. A significant increase in immobility period was observed in FST and TST after restraint stress. O. sanctum and C. sinensis significantly reduced the immobility times of rats in FST and TST.


Ocimum sanctum possess significant antistress activity but the magnitude and efficacy for relieving stress is less, when compare to standard anxiolytic agent, i.e. Alprazolam.

How to cite this article

Bathala LR, Rao CV, Manjunath SM, Vinuta S, Vemulapalli R. Efficacy of Ocimum sanctum for Relieving Stress: A Preclinical Study. J Contemp Dent Pract 2012;13(6):782-786.

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