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J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Jan;22(1):120-126. Epub 2016 Jun 22.

The Effect of Topical Rosa damascena (Rose) Oil on Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.

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  • 1Maternal, Fetal, and Neonatal Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2Department of Iranian Traditional Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • 3Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • 4Department of Traditional Pharmacy, School of Traditional Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • 5Department of Management, School of Management and Accounting, Emam Hosein University, Tehran, Iran.
  • 6Department of Iranian Traditional Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran nejatbakhsh@tums.ac.ir.

Abstract

The study aimed to assess the efficacy of topical rose oil in women with pregnancy-related low back pain. A randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted on 120 women with pregnancy-related low back pain. Patients were allocated to 3 parallel groups to receive topical rose oil (in the carrier of almond oil), placebo (carrier oil), or no intervention. All groups were followed for 4 weeks. All participants were evaluated by Visual Analog Scale and the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaires to assess the pain intensity and its impact on daily activities before and after the intervention. Significant decrease in pain intensity compared to carrier oil or no intervention was observed. The rose oil also improves the functional ability of these patients in contrast with no intervention, while its effect on function is not significant compared to carrier oil. Rose oil reduced pregnancy-related low back pain intensity without any significant adverse effect.

KEYWORDS:

Persian medicine; complementary and alternative medicine; low back pain; pregnancy; rose oil

PMID:
27335145
DOI:
10.1177/2156587216654601
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