Annual Bulletin of The Bum-Suk Academic Scholarship Foundation
aromatherapy, systematic review, hypertension, Blood Pressure
Purpose: This study is a systemic review of experimental results on the effects of aromatherapy on blood pressure.
Materials and Methods: Journal articles published to December, 2017, were retrieved from twelve databases. Randomized controlled trials in which were evaluated for changes in blood pressure following aromatherapy were selected. Risks of bias were assessed using the risk-of-bias (ROB) tool of the Cochrane Collaboration. Meta-analysis were dine using RevMan.
Results: Of the 2545 articles retrieved from the electronic databases, 580 duplicate articles and 1891 articles that were unrelated to the PICO (patient/problem, intervention, comparison, outcome) elements or did not satisfy the inclusion criteria excluded. Of the remaining 74 articles, 15 found to satisfy the inclusion criteria after full-text review and therefore selected for analysis. The findings of meta-analysis of 11 of these 15 articles revealed that essential oil inhalation and massage effectively decreased both systolic (n = 379; mean difference [MD], -4.72; 95% confidence interval [CI], -8.38 to -1.07) and diastolic (n = 379; MD, -2.42; 95% CI, -4.46 to -0.38) pressure.
Conclusions: Essential oil inhalation and massage therapy can effectively decrease systolic and diastolic pressure in health adults as well as in patients with hypertension.
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Lee, Mikyoung; Song, Ji-Ah; Ahn, Mina; Jo, Ahra; Park, Jeongah; Kim, Wonjong; Davis, Claudia M.; Kim, Yeon Sook; and Hur, Myun-Haeng, "A systemic review and meta-analysis on the antihypertensive effect of aromatherapy essential oils" (2020). Nursing Faculty Publications. 12.