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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative MedicineVolume 2013 2013, Article ID 853809, 7 pages

Research Article

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan

Department of Cardiology, Lin-Shin Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan

Department of Photonics and Communication Engineering, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan

Graduate Institute of Clinical Medical Science, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Received 24 July 2013; Revised 28 August 2013; Accepted 4 September 2013

Academic Editor: Gerhard Litscher

Copyright © 2013 Shing-Hong Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

People use aromatherapy to relieve the symptoms of physical and psychological stress. However, previous studies have not precisely clarified a scientific basis for the beneficial effects of aromatherapy. Therefore, the overall purpose of this study was to elucidate the beneficial effect of aromatherapy in relieving work-related stress. Twenty-nine elementary school teachers from Taiwan participated in this study. The experimental procedures comprised 2 phases. First, we verified the effect of aromatherapy by conducting 2 blind tests. We used natural bergamot essential oil extracted from plants and synthesized a chemical essential oil as the placebo to do the aromatherapy. Second, we analyzed the performance of the aromatherapy treatment on the teachers who had various workloads. We measured the teachers’ heart rate variability to evaluate their autonomic nervous system activity. The results show that only the natural bergamot essential oil had an effect and that the aromatherapy treatment relieved work-related stress of teachers with various workloads. However, the aromatherapy treatment had a weak effect on young teachers who had a heavy workload. Moreover, the aromatherapy treatment exhibited no effect on teachers who belong to the abnormal body mass index subgroup having a heavy workload.





Author: Shing-Hong Liu, Tzu-Hsin Lin, and Kang-Ming Chang

Source: https://www.hindawi.com/



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