Women who tend to eat more after being in a stressful situation were able to calm down by taking a combination of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense known as Relora. In explaining the reasons for the study, doctors said that recent research has linked stress, anxiety, insomnia and excess weight. Investigators recruited 26 healthy, overweight, pre-menopausal women, aged 25 to 50, who said they were “stress eaters” and who had higher-than-average anxiety. The women took 250 mg of Relora three times per day or a placebo for six weeks. At the end of the study, although long-standing feelings of anxiety and depression had not changed, women who had taken Relora had significantly fewer sudden bursts of anxiety than women who had taken the placebo, without side effects.