Effects of aromatherapy massage on blood pressure and lipid profile in korean climacteric women

Int J Neurosci. 2007 Sep;117(9):1281-7. doi: 10.1080/00207450600936650.


This study investigated the effects of aromatherapy massage on the lipid profile and blood pressure in Korean climacteric women. A wait-listed control group, pretest-posttest design was used. The subjects comprised 58 climacteric women: 30 in the experimental group and 28 in the control group. Aromatherapy massage using lavender, rose geranium, rose, and jasmine was given to the experimental group only. Each massage session lasted 30 minutes, and was performed once weekly for two 8-week periods with self abdominal daily massage at home. The intervention produced significant differences in the systolic blood pressure compare to pretreatment and significant differences in systolic and diastolic blood pressures at posttreatment between the two groups. These results suggest that aromatherapy massage may exert positive effects on blood pressure. However, more objective, clinical measures should be applied in a future study with a randomized placebo-controlled design.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aromatherapy / methods*
  • Blood Pressure / physiology*
  • Climacteric / physiology
  • Climacteric / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Korea
  • Lipid Metabolism / physiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Women's Health*