Investigating the effect of aromatherapy in patients with renal colic

Ayan M, Tas U, Sogut E, Suren M, Gurbuzler L, Koyuncu F
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2013


The aim of the present study was to investigate the usefulness of rose essential oil as a supplementary and adjunctive therapy for the relief of renal colic, specifically because rose essential oil is soothing and can act as a muscle relaxant.

Eighty patients who were diagnosed with renal colic in the emergency room were included in the study, with ages ranging from 19 to 64 years. Half of the patients (n=40) were treated with conventional therapy (diclofenac sodium, 75 mg intramuscularly) plus placebo (physiological serum, 0.9% NaCl), while the other half (n=40) were given aromatherapy (rose essential oil) in addition to conventional therapy. In each patient, the severity of pain was evaluated using the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) (0 [no pain] to 10 [very severe pain]).

The VAS values prior to the start of therapy, and 10 and 30 minutes after therapy were 8.18±1.36, 5.60±2.02, and 3.75±2.08 for the conventional therapy plus placebo group, while for the conventional therapy plus aromatherapy group, the VAS values were 8.63±1.03, 4.25±1.72, and 1.08±1.07, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference between the starting VAS values of the two groups, but the VAS values 10 or 30 minutes after the initiation of therapy were statistically lower in the group that received conventional therapy plus aromatherapy.

This study demonstrated that rose essential oil therapy in addition to conventional therapy effectively reduces renal colic pain.


Ayan M, Tas U, Sogut E, Et Al. Investigating the effect of aromatherapy in patients with renal colic. J Altern Complement Med. 2013;19(4):329-333.

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