French Oak Wood Extract May Help Ease Burnout Syndrome Symptoms
Burnout syndrome is characterized by emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by long term stress in the workplace. A recent study suggests that daily doses of French oak wood extract may help reduce symptoms of fatigue associated with burnout syndrome.
Participants in the study included 42 surgeons in training and 66 business managers. Half of the group was given 300 mg of French oak wood, while the other half was given standard management for four weeks. Standard management included multidisciplinary activities focusing on maintaining and improving interactions, professional ability, and retraining in order to help them operate with satisfaction and efficiency.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a 43% and 27% improvement in fatigue in the surgeons and business managers, respectively. They also noted a 45% improvement in tolerance levels in the surgeons and 31% in the business managers, compared with 0% and 13% in the control group, respectively.
Additionally, the surgeons in the supplement group had a 21% reduction in feelings of strain from interactions, while the business managers had a 12% reduction. In comparison, the control group had worsened feelings. Finally, 31% of the surgeons and 35% of the business managers reported improved feelings of satisfaction in their career path, compared with worsened scores in the control group.
As for physical effects, the researchers noted an 11% improvement in plasma free radicals in the surgeons and a 19% improvement in the business managers.
Researchers from Irvine3 Labs conducted the study. It was published in the June 2018 issue of Minerva Medicine.