[Effects of Koryo Hand Therapy on menopausal symptoms and FSH, LH, and estradiol in climacteric women]

J Korean Acad Nurs. 2009 Dec;39(6):868-77. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2009.39.6.868.
[Article in Korean]


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Koryo Hand Therapy (KHT) on menopausal symptoms and hormone levels (Follicle Stimulating Hormone [FSH], Luteinizing Hormone [LH], and estradiol [E(2)]) in climacteric women.

Methods: The research design was a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design. Data were collected from November 28, 2005 to February 28, 2006. The 45 participants were assigned to either the experimental group (23) or control group (22). KHT was applied three times a week, for a total of 8 weeks to the women in the experimental group.

Results: There was a statistically significant decrease in menopausal symptoms (F=42.49, p=.000), FSH level (F=26.98, p=.000) and LH level (F=5.31, p=.026) between the experimental and control groups. There was an increase of the estradiol level in the experimental group but the difference between the two groups was not statistically significant.

Conclusion: KHT can be applied as a supportive nursing intervention to climacteric women. KHT is expected to be a complementary alternative intervention for health management of the climacteric women.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Climacteric
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Estradiol / blood*
  • Female
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone / blood*
  • Humans
  • Luteinizing Hormone / blood*
  • Middle Aged
  • Postmenopause* / blood
  • Postmenopause* / psychology
  • Psychometrics


  • Estradiol
  • Luteinizing Hormone
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone