Archive \ Volume.8 2017 Issue 3

Lavender Aromatherapy in Pain Management: A Review Study

Reyhaneh Abbaszadeh , Fariba Tabari , Katayon Taherian , Sedigheh Torabi
Abstract

Introduction: Aromatherapy is a complementary medicine that has a range of applications. Lavender is an evergreen flowering plant from the Lamisil family native found in the western Mediterranean, growing up to 3 feet and having flowers similar to purple lilac. This study was intended to investigate and discover the role of Lavender Aromatherapy in pain management.

Materials and Methods: In this review study, an online search among articles published between 2000 to 2016 was done through CINAHL, PubMed, Science Direct, Elsevier, SID, Iran Medex, Magiran and Google scholar databases using key words; “Lavender Aromatherapy”, “Pain Management”. And the protocol of York University Guide was used to select the articles.

Results: 12 articles from 35 articles originally from the search were used, from which, 8 were Iranian papers and the others were foreign papers. The articles indicated that, lavender aromatherapy has a positive impact on the pain. Aromatherapy is a technique that unlike other non-pharmacological methods does not require specialized qualification. There are different manners of necessary oil administration including: topical application, inhalation, bath and compression.

Conclusion: Today, aromatherapy is considered as a complementary medicine method with the positive effects, which has been tested in many studies. Aromatherapy with lavender helps to manage pain in different patients. However, further studies are needed to be conducted to substantiate this claim.

 


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