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Int J Prev Med. 2018 Nov 5;9:98. doi: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_40_16. eCollection 2018.

Effects of Geranium Aromatherapy Massage on Premenstrual Syndrome: A Clinical Trial.

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1
Geriatric Care Research Center, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran.
2
Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran.
3
Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran.
4
Research Center for Modeling in Health, Institute for Futures Studies in Kerman University of Medical sciences, Kerman, Iran.
5
Department of Health, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran.
6
Department of Research, Barij Essence Pharmaceutical Company, Mashhad, Iran.

Abstract

Introduction:

This study evaluated the effects of geranium aromatherapy massage on premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Methods:

A total of 120 female students with diagnosed PMS were randomly divided into three groups as control group, aromatherapy massage group, and massage group. Essential oil of geranium 2% in almond oil and sweet almond oil were used in aromatherapy massage group and massage group, respectively. Aromatherapy massage protocol was run for 8 weeks.

Results:

The study revealed that aromatherapy massage decreased the PMS physical and mental symptoms and massage therapy decreased the PMS physical and mental symptoms too (P < 0.001); however, this decrease was more in aromatherapy massage group (P < 0.001).

Conclusions:

This study recommends aromatherapy massage, as a complementary treatment, to improve PMS.

KEYWORDS:

Aromatherapy; geranium; massage; premenstrual syndrome

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