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Effects of Eucalyptus Aroma Therapy on the Allergic Rhinitis of University Students

대학생에게 적용한 유칼립투스 아로마요법이 알레르기성 비염에 미치는 효과

  • 송미령 (가천대학교 간호대학) ;
  • 김은경 (수원과학대학교 간호학과)
  • Received : 2014.08.25
  • Accepted : 2014.10.27
  • Published : 2014.11.28

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of eucalyptus aroma therapy on relieving allergic rhinitis symptoms, improving learning ability and quality of life among university students. Methods: In this study, a non-equivalent control group repeated measured design was applied. Participants included 48 students (24 participants in the experiment and 24 participants in the control group) who were diagnosed with allergic rhinitis. Data were collected on 3 occasions, before eucalyptus aroma application, 4 weeks after the application, and 8 weeks after the application. Collected data were analyzed using ${\chi}^2$-test, Fishers exact test, independent t-test, repeated measured ANCOVA and paired t-test with SPSS 21.0. Results: There were significant differences in allergic symptoms (F=6.926, p=.002) and quality of life (F=3.793, p=.026) according to the time periods after aroma application. Conclusion: Eucalyptus aroma therapy is effective in reducing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis and enhancing the quality of life of university students. It is recommended that eucalyptus aroma therapy be used for university students with allergic rhinitis to reduce their symptoms, and it is recommended that the application of the therapy be extended over 4 weeks.

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Supported by : 한국연구재단

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