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The effect of foot-bath with or without the essential oil of lavender on the autonomic nervous system: a randomized trial.

Abstract Title: The effect of foot-bath with or without the essential oil of lavender on the autonomic nervous system: a randomized trial. Abstract Source: Complement Ther Med. 2000 Mar ;8(1):2-7. PMID: 10812753 Abstract Author(s): Y Saeki Article Affiliation: Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Nagano College of Nursing, Japan. Abstract: OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to investigate the effect of foot-bath with or without the essential oil of lavender on the autonomic nervous system. DESIGN: Randomized crossover controlled study. SETTING: Nursing college, Nagano, Japan. INTERVENTION: Young women sat with their feet soaked in hot water for 10 minutes with and without the essential oil. OUTCOME MEASURES: An electrocardiogram, finger tip blood flow and respiratory rate were recorded. Autonomic function was evaluated using spectral analysis of heart rate variability. RESULTS: The foot-bath caused no changes in heart or respiratory rates, but produced a significant increase in blood flow. Using spectral analysis, the parasympathetic nerve activity increased significantly during the both types of foot-bath. In the case of the foot-bath with the addition of essential oil of lavender, there were delayed changes to the balance of autonomic activity in the direction associated with relaxation. CONCLUSION: A hot foot-bath and oil of lavender appear to be associated with small but significant changes in autonomic activity. Article Published Date : Mar 01, 2000
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