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Int J Neurosci. 2006 Dec;116(12):1447-55.

Effects of aromatherapy massage on anxiety and self-esteem in korean elderly women: a pilot study.

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Research Institute of Nursing Science, College of Nursing Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.

Abstract

This study investigated the effects of aromatherapy massage on the anxiety and self-esteem experienced by Korean elderly women. A quasi-experimental, control group, pretest-posttest design was used. The subjects comprised 36 elderly females: 16 in the experimental group and 20 in the control group. Aromatherapy massage using lavender, chamomile, rosemary, and lemon was given to the experimental group only. Each massage session lasted 20 min, and was performed 3 times per week for two 3-week periods with an intervening 1-week break. The intervention produced significant differences in the anxiety and self-esteem and no significant differences in blood pressure or pulse rate between the two groups. These results suggest that aromatherapy massage exerts positive effects on anxiety and self-esteem. However, more objective, clinical measures should be applied in a future study with a randomized placebo-controlled design.

PMID:
17145679
DOI:
10.1080/00207450500514268
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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