Aromatherapy Massage on Elderly Patients Effective at Stress Reduction?

Aromatherapy Massage on Elderly Patients Effective at Stress Reduction?

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Researchers from theFaculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toho University, Funabashi, Chiba,  the Aoba Medical Clinic, Chikama Hospital, Iryouhouzin Shadan Shouseikai, Miyazaki,  and the Green Flask Laboratory, Meguro-ku, in Japan have looked at the effectiveness of aromatherapy massage on elderly patients who are undergoing long-term hospitalisation.

After giving them an Aromatherapy massage twice a week for four weeks, the researchers noted that the patients showed a decrease in stress after aromatherapy massage compared to before each and marked reductions in GHQ-12 were observed over the long term.

The research, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that Aromatherapy massage appears likely to prove effective in reducing psychological stress among hospitalised elderly patients.

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