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Isr Med Assoc J. 2019 Jul;21(7):449-453.

The Powers of Flowers: Evaluating the Impact of Floral Therapy on Pain and Psychiatric Symptoms in Fibromyalgia.

Author information

1
Department of Medicine 'B', Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.
2
Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
3
Department of Medicine 'B', Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel.
4
Flower and Light, School of Floral Design and Arranging, Kiryat Ono, Israel.
5
Israeli Medical Cannabis Nurses Association.
6
Ness-Ziona, Mental Health Center, Beer-Yaakov, Israel.
7
Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of unknown etiology that is characterized by widespread pain, which severely impairs quality of life. Several forms of occupational and alternative therapy have demonstrated beneficial effects in fibromyalgia patients.

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the effects of participation in a floral design course on physical and psychiatric symptoms in a cohort of fibromyalgia patients.

METHODS:

This study was conducted as an observational study. Women diagnosed with fibromyalgia over the age of 18 were recruited to participate in one of two 12-week flower design (floristry) courses. Demographic details, disease activity indices, and anxiety and depression scores were calculated for all participants at baseline, week 12, and study completion. Physical and mental health of the two groups were compared throughout the study time-points.

RESULTS:

The study was completed by 61 female fibromyalgia patients who were included in the final analyses; 31 patients participated in the first floristry course and 30 in the second. Significant improvements in the 36-Item Short Form Survey physical and mental health components, visual analog scale, Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, and Hamilton Depression Rating Scale scores for the entire study population and for each group separately could be seen following participation in each floristry course.

CONCLUSIONS:

Participation in a floristry course may lead to a significant improvement in pain and psychiatric symptoms in fibromyalgia patients. These findings highlight the potential benefit of utilizing occupational therapy programs, such as a floristry course, for improving quality of life in fibromyalgia.

PMID:
31507119
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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