Symptoms of menopause include anxiety and hot flashes. New research shows both massage and aromatherapy massage reduce menopausal symptoms.

“The results of the study demonstrate that both massage and aromatherapy massage were effective in reducing menopausal symptoms, noted an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov, “however, aromatherapy massage was more effective than only massage,”

Reserachers from the Nursing and Midwifery Faculty of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, in Tehran, Iran, set out to compare massage, aromatherapy massage and a control.

According to the abstract:

“A randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted at a menopausal clinic at a gynecology hospital in Tehran, The study population comprised 90 women who were assigned to an aromatherapy massage group, a placebo massage group, or a control group. Each participant in the aromatherapy massage group received 30-minute aromatherapy treatment sessions twice a week for 4 weeks with aroma oil, whereas participants in the placebo massage group received the same treatment with plain oil. No treatment was provided to participants in the control group. The outcome measures in this study were menopausal symptoms, as obtained through the Menopause Rating Scale.”

“The results of the study demonstrate that both massage and aromatherapy massage were effective in reducing menopausal symptoms,” the abstract note. “However, aromatherapy massage was more effective than only massage.”

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