Aralia continentalis is a flowering woody plant from the Araliaceae family of plants. The plant grows native to Korea where it is referred to as Dokwal. Extracts of the plant are used to relieve pain, and this may relate to the plant having a significant anti-inflammatory effect. The central nervous system effects of the plant are evidenced by its sedative effects. Post traumatic stress disorder is a form of anxiety that is initiated by stress and characterised by inflammation within the brain, and some of the effects of this include changes to levels of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a signal molecule required for correct neuronal function. Evidence suggests that Aralia continentalis can attenuate the inflammation caused by application of stress to laboratory animals, and also raise the level of brain derived neurotrophic factor. Further, Aralia continental can also reverse memory impairment resulting from the stress. This may suggest that Aralia continentalis is an effective treatment for post traumatic stress disorder.
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