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Comparisons for Effectiveness of Aromatherapy and Acupressure Massage on Quality of Life in Career Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Abstract Title: Comparisons for Effectiveness of Aromatherapy and Acupressure Massage on Quality of Life in Career Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Abstract Source: J Altern Complement Med. 2017 May 15. Epub 2017 May 15. PMID: 28504569 Abstract Author(s): Yu-Hsiu Kao, Yi-Ching Huang, Ue-Lin Chung, Wen-Ni Hsu, Yi-Ting Tang, Yi-Hung Liao Article Affiliation: Yu-Hsiu Kao Abstract: OBJECTIVES: This study was aimed to compare the effectiveness of aromatherapy and acupressure massage intervention strategies on the sleep quality and quality of life (QOL) in career women. DESIGN: The randomized controlled trial experimental design was used in the present study. One hundred and thirty-two career women (24-55 years) voluntarily participated in this study and they were randomly assigned to (1) placebo (distilled water), (2) lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia), (3) blended essential oil (1:1:1 ratio of L. angustifolia, Salvia sclarea, and Origanum majorana), and (4) acupressure massage groups for a 4-week treatment. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and Short Form 36 Health Survey were used to evaluate the intervention effects at pre- and postintervention. RESULTS: After a 4-week treatment, all experimental groups (blended essential oil, lavender essential oil, and acupressure massage) showed significant improvements in sleep quality and QOL (p < 0.05). Significantly greater improvement in QOL was observed in the participants with blended essential oil treatment compared with those with lavender essential oil (p < 0.05), and a significantly greater improvement in sleep quality was observed in the acupressure massage and blended essential oil groups compared with the lavender essential oil group (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: The blended essential oil exhibited greater dual benefits on improving both QOL and sleep quality compared with the interventions of lavender essential oil and acupressure massage in career women. These results suggest that aromatherapy and acupressure massage improve the sleep and QOL and may serve as the optimal means for career women to improve their sleep and QOL. Article Published Date : May 14, 2017

Acupressure, Sleep, and Quality of Life in Institutionalized Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Abstract Title: Acupressure, Sleep, and Quality of Life in Institutionalized Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Abstract Source: J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Feb 2. Epub 2017 Feb 2. PMID: 28152177 Abstract Author(s): Fu-Chih Lai, I-Hui Chen, Pao-Ju Chen, I-Ju Chen, Hui-Wen Chien, Chih-Fen Yuan Article Affiliation: Fu-Chih Lai Abstract: OBJECTIVES: Nursing home (NH) residents suffer from sleep disturbances which are associated with a low quality of life (QoL). The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of comparing acupressure on specific acupoints with acupressure on non-specific acupoints in older NH residents with sleep disturbances. DESIGN: A randomized control trial with a pre- and post-test design. SETTING: One NH in Taiwan. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-two older NH residents were randomly assigned to an experimental group (n = 31) and a sham-controlled group (n = 31). INTERVENTION: The experimental group received acupressure on the Tian-Zhu, Ju-Que, Yong-Quan, Bai-Hui, and Nei-Guan acupoints three times a week for 8 weeks, for 24 minutes each time, while the control group received a massage at locations with no acupoints, which were 10 mm from the true points, at the same frequency as the experimental group. MEASUREMENTS: The primary outcome was measured using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the secondary outcome was measured using the Short-form 36 (SF-36). Data were collected at baseline, the end of treatment, and 4 weeks after completion of treatment. RESULTS: Compared to the control group, the experimental group had significantly better scores on the PSQI (t = -7.72, P<0.001) and SF-36 (t = 1.34, P<0.001) during the intervention period. The improvements in the PSQI and SF-36 scores were still significant (P<0.001) after adjusting for confounding variables by generalized estimating equations. CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest that acupressure on the Tian-Zhu, Ju-Que, Yong-Quan, Bai-Hui, and Nei-Guan acupoints can improve the quality of sleep and life among NH residents. Acupressure is a promising intervention that may improve well-being for NH residents with sleep disturbances. Article Published Date : Feb 01, 2017

Effect of Acupressure on Nausea-Vomiting in Patients With Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia.

Abstract Title: Effect of Acupressure on Nausea-Vomiting in Patients With Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia. Abstract Source: Holist Nurs Pract. 2016 Sep-Oct;30(5):257-62. PMID: 27501207 Abstract Author(s): Hatice Sevil Avc, Nimet Ovayolu, Özlem Ovayolu Article Affiliation: Hatice Sevil Avc Abstract: The aim of this study was to assess the effect of acupressure, applied at P6 (Neiguan) acupuncture point, on chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients with acute myeloblastic leukemia. This was a randomized controlled trial conducted on patients with myeloblastic leukemia. A total of 90 patients, who received the same chemotherapy regimen and antiemetic therapy, were included in the study as 30 patients in the control group, 30 patients in the band group, and 30 patients in the pressure group. Although acupressure was applied by placing wristbands at P6 acupuncture point of both wrists in patients of the band group for totally 4 days, acupressure was applied with the use of finger pressure in patients of the pressure group for totally 4 days. No intervention was made in patients of the control group other than the routine antiemetic therapy. The data of the study were collected by using a questionnaire and nausea-vomiting chart. Severity of nausea-vomiting was assessed by using the visual analog scale on this chart. It was determined that the acupressure band applied to the patients included in the study reduced number and severity of nausea-vomiting (P<.05); however, the acupressure applied with pressure did not affect number and severity of nausea-vomiting (P>.05). It was found that the acupressure band was effective for reducing the chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Article Published Date : Aug 31, 2016

Effectiveness of Acupressure in Promoting Sleep Quality: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials.

Abstract Title: Effectiveness of Acupressure in Promoting Sleep Quality: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Abstract Source: Holist Nurs Pract. 2016 Sep-Oct;30(5):283-93. PMID: 27501211 Abstract Author(s): Nant Thin Thin Hmwe, Pathmawathi Subramaniam, Li Ping Tan Article Affiliation: Nant Thin Thin Hmwe Abstract: This review aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of acupressure in promoting sleep quality among adults. Study findings included in the review showed that acupressure significantly improved sleep quality compared with the control group, but no superior effect of acupressure was found compared with sham acupressure. Article Published Date : Aug 31, 2016

The Effect of Acupressure on Agitation and Salivary Cortisol in People with Dementia: A Pilot Study.

Abstract Title: The Effect of Acupressure on Agitation and Salivary Cortisol in People with Dementia: A Pilot Study. Abstract Source: J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Aug 30. Epub 2016 Aug 30. PMID: 27575576 Abstract Author(s): Rick Y C Kwan, Mason C P Leung, Claudia K Y Lai Article Affiliation: Rick Y C Kwan Abstract: OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to identify the acupressure effect over time, compare the efficacy in different dosages, and identify feasibility issues with saliva sample collection and acupressure implementation in agitated nursing home residents with dementia. DESIGN: Time serial design with eight dosage-combination groups. SETTING: Three residential care homes (RCHs) in Hong Kong. PARTICIPANTS: Agitated RCH residents with dementia. INTERVENTIONS: Acupressure was performed for 9 minutes altogether on five acupoints: Fengchi (GB 20), Baihui (GV 20), Shenmen (HT 7), Niguan (PC 6), and Yingtang (EX-HN 3). Two frequencies (once and twice a day) and four durations (1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks) formed eight dosage combinations. OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome was agitation, measured by the Cohen Mansfield Agitation Inventory. The secondary outcome was stress, measured by salivary cortisol. RESULTS: Twenty-four participants from three RCHs completed the study. Acupressure was successfully completed for 88% of total sessions, and 79.17% of participants completed more than 80% of expected sessions. The effect of acupressure on agitation onset was seen immediately at week 1 (p < 0.001), resurged at week 4 (p = 0.001), and was sustained until week 6 (p < 0.001). The effect on stress began immediately to a mild extent at week 1 (p = 0.011) and peaked at week 4 (p = 0.010). Acupressure was observed to show the largest effect when it was performed twice a day (p = 0.026) for 2 weeks (p = 0.005). Valid saliva samples were collected for 53.33% of participants. Hyposalivation caused this unsatisfactory yield of valid saliva samples. CONCLUSION: Acupressure can be conducted on agitated RCH residents with dementia, but low yield of saliva samples related to participants' hyposalivation is a problem. Preliminary findings suggest that acupressure is effective in reducing both agitation and stress. Its onset of effect was immediate, and the effect was sustained until 6 weeks after the intervention. The optimal dosage appears to be a course of acupressure twice a day for 2 weeks. Article Published Date : Aug 29, 2016
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Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Effectiveness of a Self-Care Program for Pregnant Women for Relieving Hiesho.

Related Articles Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Effectiveness of a Self-Care Program for Pregnant Women for Relieving Hiesho. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Jan;23(1):53-59 Authors: Nakamura S, Horiuchi S Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess differences in improvement of hiesho (sensitivity to cold) through a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of one group that used a self-care program (the Home Care Package Program for Relieving Hiesho) and another that did not. METHODS: Participants were pregnant women experiencing hiesho in the 28th to 33rd weeks of pregnancy. The group carried out the intervention program for 4 weeks by wearing leg warmers, performing exercises, and pressing acupuncture points. The control group did not take any specific actions. Hiesho condition was assessed by using thermography to measure temperature in the four limbs; the changes were analyzed. RESULTS: Findings for 140 pregnant women (73 in the experimental group and 67 in the control group) were analyzed. Participants' body temperatures were measured after completion of the program for 4 weeks and compared to their temperatures before start of the program. Compared with the control group, the experimental group had arm skin temperature 3.0°C (p < 0.001) higher and leg skin temperature 1.93°C (p = 0.02) higher; both differences were significant. CONCLUSION: The Home Care Package Program for Relieving Hiesho self-care program significantly relieved hiesho. PMID: 27556931 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]