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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 2687173, 9 pages
Research Article

Improved Lipid Profile Associated with Daily Consumption of Tri-Sura-Phon in Healthy Overweight Volunteers: An Open-Label, Randomized Controlled Trial

1Natural Product Research Center of Excellence and Faculty of Traditional Thai Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110, Thailand
2Faculty of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, Ubonratchathani Rajabhat University, Meung, Ubonratchathani 34000, Thailand
3Sirindhorn College of Public Health Trang, Kantang, Trang 92110, Thailand
4Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Faculty of Science and Technology, Prince of Songkla University, Pattani 94000, Thailand

Correspondence should be addressed to Sasitorn Chusri;

Received 19 January 2017; Revised 5 March 2017; Accepted 23 March 2017; Published 6 April 2017

Academic Editor: Michał Tomczyk

Copyright © 2017 Sirigoon Kuamsub et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Tri-Sura-Phon (TSP), a traditional Thai polyherbal formula renowned for its rejuvenating properties, is commonly used as a blood tonic. It comprises Cinnamomum bejolghota, Cinnamomum parthenoxylon, and Aquilaria crassna. The aim of this study is to evaluate the beneficial properties of TSP tea consumption on blood glucose regulation and serum lipid profiles of healthy overweight volunteers. This open-label, randomized controlled trial was conducted in 70 healthy overweight adults. Two groups of 35 subjects took a TSP infusion or a placebo (cornstarch) twice daily for 8 weeks. The blood glucose regulation, serum lipid profiles, BMI, and liver function tests of the subjects were determined at the baseline, 4th week, and endpoint (8th week). Significant decreases in the average fasting levels of total cholesterol (), triglyceride (), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, ) were observed in the TSP group at the 8th week compared to those at the baseline. The average HDL level in the TSP group at the beginning of the study was 65.2 mg/dL, and it increased significantly () to 72.4 mg/dL after 8 weeks of TSP intake. This study showed that the intake of TSP tea as an antioxidant-rich beverage might be safe and improve lipid profiles in overweight adults.