Simcha fish therapy is proving a successful treatment for the debilitating fish anxiety, as the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) has announced it has trialled it.
Simcha is an extinct species of fish that lived in the Sakhalin Sea, the area where the region’s most important commercial fishery is located.
It is believed to have disappeared in the last 100 million years.
Fisheries officials in the Japanese region of Honshu have been working with Simcha experts in order to identify the causes of the fish anxiety.
They say the fish are becoming more resistant to the fish drugs currently available in Japan, and have been testing Simcha therapies on fish they caught.
Dr Yoko Fujisaki, a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Tokyo, said: “It is hoped that Simcha therapy will help people with the anxiety and depression caused by Simcha.
It has been shown to be effective in treating depression in fish.”
Fujisaki added: “Simcha has been widely studied in fish, so we can expect Simcha to be a very useful treatment for fish anxiety.”
According to Fujisaka, the Simcha treatment is the result of a collaboration between the Japanese government, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, and a local research institute.
Simchas development was based on the results of a study published in the journal PLOS One.
The study involved two groups of mice, one group of fish and one of mice that were given Simcha drugs.
The scientists say the drug improved the mice’ behavior and their mental state, which in turn led to improvements in their overall health.
The Simcha group were also more sociable and showed better mental state.
Dr Fujisakas work is funded by the National Science Foundation.