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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 May;31:210-214. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.02.019. Epub 2018 Mar 6.

Comparing the effects of relaxation technique and inhalation aromatherapy on fatigue in patients undergoing hemodialysis.

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Nursing and Midwifery School, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran.
Community Nursing Research Center, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran. Electronic address:
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Clinical Immunology Research Center, Ali-Ebne Abitaleb Hospital, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
Research Center of Natural Products and Medicinal Plants, Nursing Department, Shirvan Center of Higher Health Education, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Bojnurd, Iran.


This study aimed to compare the effects of relaxation techniques on fatigue in hemodialysis patients. This clinical trial study was conducted on 105 hemodialysis patients. The subjects were categorized into three groups as: relaxation, aromatherapy and control. In the relaxation group, Benson muscle relaxation techniques were employed; in the aromatherapy group, the inhalation of two drops of 5% lavender essential oil used and the control group only received regular healthcare actions. Data collected by using brief fatigue inventory, before and after the intervention. Results of the current study indicated significant differences in the mean of changes in fatigue scores before and after the intervention between the relaxation and aromatherapy groups, but the difference was insignificant in the control group. Aromatherapy with lavender essential oil can decrease the level of fatigue in the patients undergoing hemodialysis compared to Benson relaxation techniques.


Aromatherapy; Fatigue; Hemodialysis; IRCT2015050322067N1; Lavender; Muscle relaxation

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