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Traitement du stress, de la somatothérapie aux plantes agissant sur le système limbique

Treating stress: from somatotherapy to herbs that act on the limbic system


Dans cet article de synthèse, nous rapprochons la somatothérapie, une psychothérapie qui passe par le corps, et des plantes dont les préparations sont à même de traiter les conséquences du stress. Les deux méthodes, somatothérapie et phytothérapie, fonctionnent par les structures du système limbique en agissant en particulier sur les zones cérébrales où siègent les mécanismes émotionnels. Nous avons mis l’accent sur certaines préparations sinojaponaises qui agissent sur ces centres. Dans ces préparations apparaissent des drogues comme le magnolia, la réglisse ou encore le jujubier.


This review establishes links between somatotherapy-a method of psychotherapy using physical methods-and herbal preparations that treat the effects of stress. The two methods, somatotherapy and herbal medicine, function through the structures of the limbic system, most notably the areas of the brain where the mechanisms involved in emotions are located. We emphasize certain Chinese and Japanese preparations that act on these brain centres. The preparations include drugs such as magnolia, liquorice and jujube.

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Goetz, P. Traitement du stress, de la somatothérapie aux plantes agissant sur le système limbique. Phytothérapie 5, 271–275 (2007).

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Mots clés

  • Somatothérapie
  • Phytothérapie
  • Système limbique
  • Médecine kampo
  • Magnolia
  • Jujubier
  • Réglisse


  • Somatotherapy
  • Herbal medicine
  • Limbic system
  • Kampo
  • Magnolia
  • Jujube
  • Liquorice