The Clinical Effects of Aromatherapy Massage on Reducing Pain for the Cancer Patients: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Chen, T.-H., Tung, T.-H., Chen, P.-S., Wang, S.-H., Chao, C.-M., Hsiung, N.-H., & Chi, C.-C. (2016). The Clinical Effects of Aromatherapy Massage on Reducing Pain for the Cancer Patients: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 1–6.

This systematic review and meta analysis evaluates the effect of aromatherapy massage on reducing pain in cancer patients. 3 studies, encompassing 278 patients, are included in the review. Findings indicate that massage with essential oils did not help reduce cancer pain, compared to usual care, although it is difficult to draw firm conclusions due to the small number of trials and methodological issues in the original studies.

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