Effect of Bergamot Essential Oil-Inhalation on Chronic Pain after Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

버가못 에센셜 오일 향흡입이 요추관협착증 환자의 수술 후 만성통증에 미치는 효과

  • Seol, Geun-Hee (Department of Basic Nursing Science, College of Nursing, Korea University) ;
  • Jung, Myung-Hee (Department of Basic Nursing Science, College of Nursing, Korea University)
  • 설근희 (고려대학교 간호대학 기초간호과학교실) ;
  • 정명희 (고려대학교 간호대학 기초간호과학교실)
  • Received : 2011.07.20
  • Accepted : 2011.08.23
  • Published : 2011.08.31


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a bergamot essential oil-inhalation on chronic pain after surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. Methods: Fifty-two subjects were randomly assigned to the experimental (bergamot essential oil-inhalation) and control (almond oil-inhalation) group. All patients understood the purpose of this study and a written informed consent for the study was obtained. Results: Bergamot essential oil-inhalation was conducted during twenty minutes. Visual analog scale, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate were measured before and after treatment in the two groups. The visual analog scale score, heart rate, and respiratory rate in bergamot essential oil-inhalation group were significantly lower than those in almond oil-inhalation group. However, there was no significant difference in systolic and diastolic blood pressure between the two groups. Conclusion: Therefore, bergamot essential oil-inhalation is effective in alleviating pain, heart rate, and respiratory rate. These results suggest that bergamot essential oil-inhalation can be a useful method for the relief of chronic pain during the treatment after spinal surgery.



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