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A Study on the Effects of Soulera Herbal Blend Intake on Chronic Stress in Healthy Adults

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01299402
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Financial Reasons)
First Posted : February 18, 2011
Last Update Posted : October 2, 2012
LeraPharm Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Joseph Pergolizzi, MD, NEMA Research, Inc.

Brief Summary:
The purpose of the study was designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Soulera herbal mix in powder form and its effects on anxiety and the biomarkers for chronic stress.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Stress Dietary Supplement: Soulera Herbal Blend Dietary Supplement: Placebo Phase 1

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 64 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Double-Blind Crossover Study on the Effects of Soulera Herbal Blend Intake on Chronic Stress and Its Biomarkers in Healthy Adults
Study Start Date : August 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2012

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Soulera Herbal Blend Dietary Supplement: Soulera Herbal Blend
This a powder blend of various reputed adaptogenic herbs. The dosage will be one 8.6 gram powder sachet daily.

Placebo Comparator: Placebo Blend Dietary Supplement: Placebo
The placebo will be a similar tasting and looking powder blend as the Soulera Herbal Blend. The dosage will be 8.6 grams per sachet daily.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Salivary Cortisol Levels [ Time Frame: 14 Weeks ]
    Change in salivary cortisol as stress biomarkers for the chronic stress response following Soulera Herbal Blend intake

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in chronic stress [ Time Frame: 6 times during 14 weeks ]
    The State-Trait Anxiety Test will be given to measure the change in both chronic stress and anxiety.(

  2. Quality of Life Questionaire [ Time Frame: 6 times during 14 weeks ]
    A survery to measure your quality of life.

  3. Spot Urine Potassium Test [ Time Frame: 6 times during 14 weeks ]
    A spot urine test will be conducted to determine potassium level. Only the potassium will be measured in the urine.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy men and women between the ages of 21-65.
  • No concerns that would confound the study as determined by study physicians.
  • Women must not be pregnant or become pregnant for the duration of the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • The subject has a history of hypersensitivity to any of the compounds used in the study
  • The subject is pregnant or breast feeding. Note: If the potential subject is a post-menarche female, a urine pregnancy test must be performed within 24 hours prior to study drug administration and confirmed negative in order for the potential subject to eb enrolled.
  • History of Psychiatric Illness or Chronic Stress or Anxiety
  • Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, liver, hypokalemia, or kidney disease or other health concerns that the study physician feels may confound study results
  • Individuals who are cognitively impaired or who are not able to give informed consent
  • Any routine prescription medication that the study physician feels may cause drug interaction with Soulera or alter the prescription medications' activity
  • Previous participation in a clinical research trial within 30 days prior to randomization
  • The subject has an ongoing abuse of illicit substances, alcohol, or actively smoking marijuana
  • The subject uses or has used in the past 30 days any steroid formulation, be it topical like face cream, ocular as in an eye drop, nasal as in a spray, injection or pill.
  • The subject is a current smoker or uses tobacco products such as chewing tobacco.
  • The subject is actively engaging in the use of Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ancient Indian Medicine, Yoga, or Ayurveda
  • The subject is a night-shift worker and therefore presumably has an altered cortisol diurnal rhythm and is also unable to comply with the required cortisol collection times of the study

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01299402

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United States, Florida
NEMA Research, Inc.
Naples, Florida, United States, 34108
Sponsors and Collaborators
Joseph Pergolizzi, MD
LeraPharm Inc.
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Principal Investigator: Joseph V Pergolizzi, Jr., M.D. NEMA Research, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Robert Taylor Jr., Ph.D. NEMA Research, Inc.
Study Director: Ismail Shalaby, M.D., Ph.D. NEMA Research, Inc.
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Joseph Pergolizzi, MD, Principal Investigator, NEMA Research, Inc. Identifier: NCT01299402    
Other Study ID Numbers: Adaptogen Study 002
First Posted: February 18, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 2, 2012
Last Verified: September 2012