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J Menopausal Med. 2018 Aug;24(2):127-132. English. Meta-Analysis.
Babakhanian M , Ghazanfarpour M , Kargarfard L , Roozbeh N , Darvish L , Khadivzadeh T , Dizavandi FR .
Social Determinant of Health Research Center, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran.
Department of Midwifery, Razi School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.
Department of Fatemeh School Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Science, Shiraz, Iran.
Mother and Child Welfare Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Science, Bander Abbas, Iran.
Evidence-Based Care Research Center, Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.


To critically assess the effect of aromatherapy on the psychological symptoms as noted in the postmenopausal and elderly women.


Three following databases were systematically searched: MEDLINE, Scopus and Cochrane Library (Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials) from inception to January 2018. The search keywords included ‘menopause’ AND (aromatherapy), without language restrictions.


In this study, 4 trials were included which fit into our systematic review. The findings demonstrated that the aromatherapy massage have significantly improved psychological symptoms in menopausal and elderly women as compared to the control group (standardized mean difference [SMD] = −1.24; 95% confidence interval, −0.188 to −0.606; P < 0.001 random effect model; 3 trials, moderate to high heterogeneity, I² = 0.76; P = 0.028). According to 1 of the trials, the aromatherapy oil massage was no more effective than the untreated group regarding their experience of symptoms such as nervousness.


The aromatherapy may be beneficial in attenuating the psychological symptoms that these women may experience, such as anxiety and depression, but it is not considered as an effective treatment to manage nervousness symptom among menopausal women. This finding should be observed in light of study limitations.

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