pISSN : 2383-6415   eISSN : 2383-6423

Effects of Aromatherapy on Blood Pressure, Pulse, Fatigue, and Sleep for Patients with Allergic Rhinitis


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INFORMATION : page. 16~23 / 2010 Vol.12 No.1


ABSTRACT

인간의 삶의 질이 향상되고 수명이 증가하면서 건강유지 및 증진을 위한 보완∙대체요법에 대한 관심이 증대되고 있 으며, 더욱이 화학물질의 부작용이 문제시되면서 정통의료에 서 충족되지 못하는 건강관리 부분에 대해 천연물질의 이용 을 하나의 대안으로 제시하고 있다. 특히, 한방병원에서 대부 분의 한방자연요법이나 물리요법은 현재 국내에서 적용되고 있는 보완∙대체요법인 경락요법, 향기요법(아로마요법), 발 반사요법 등 그 유형이 매우 유사하다(Kim, 2001).

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of aromatherapy on blood pressure, pulse, fatigue and sleep for patients with allergic rhinitis admitted at a hospital specialized in an oriental medicine. Methods: This research was a single-group pretest-posttest design. Data were collected at admission and discharge from May to December, 2009. The patients selected were received an aroma inhalation therapy via nebulizer with a 2% diluted oil mixture of eucalyptus and peppermint with 10 cc of saline solution in the ratio of 1:1 ones a day for 15 min in the period of 2 weeks. The data were analyzed for the descriptive statistics and paired t-test. Results: There was a statistically significant improvement on physical and psychological symptoms of fatigue and sleep with a increase in systolic blood pressure. Conclusion: Eucalyptus and peppermint blended oil aromatherapy as a sleep induction modality is an effective nursing and therapeutic intervention in conjunction with acupuncture and herbal medicine for symptoms of nasal congestion. However, further well designed research is required in evaluating the effectiveness of the types of clinically available essential oil.

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: Aromatherapy; Allergic rhinitis; Fatigue; Sleep


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