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May 09, 2007

Essential Oils Reduce Dysmenorrhea

A Research Review in Herbalgram No. 74 [not on line yet] discusses a Korean research study "Effect of aromatherapy on symptoms of dysmenorrhea in college students: a randomized placebo-controlled trial" that was published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine in 2006. The study involved 67 women who were (in the experimental group) received aromatherapy through abdominal massage using lavender, clary sage, and rose oils mixed with almond carrier oil. The placebo group received only almond oil massage, while the control group received no treatment.

The authors concluded that aromatherapy with this formula was effective in reducing the severity of menstrual cramps., and suggested that further research is warranted.

The Herbalgram peer review team pointed out the limitations of the study because the placebo, lacking odor, was not a true placebo. They also had a problem with the method used for blinding.

The full review should be on-line in a few days and will be linked here. As usual, obtaining the full original study online costs money.

Posted by Rob on May 9, 2007 in Aromatherapy, Massage, Research | Permalink

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