Effects of Artemisia A. Smoke(Ssukjahun) on Menstrual Distress, Dysmenorrhea, and Prostaglandin F2$\alpha$

쑥좌훈이 월경불편감, 월경통강도, Prostaglandin F2$\alpha$에 미치는 효과

  • Lee, Kwang-Ok (College of Nursing Seoul University) ;
  • Kim, Sue (College of Nursing, Nursing Policy Research Institute, Yonsei University) ;
  • Chang, Soon-Bok (College of Nursing, Yonsei University) ;
  • Yoo, Ji-Soo (College of Nursing, Nursing Policy Research Institute, Yonsei University)
  • 이광옥 (서울대학교 간호대학) ;
  • 김수 (연세대학교 간호대학,간호정책연구소) ;
  • 장순복 (연세대학교 간호대학) ;
  • 유지수 (연세대학교 간호대학,간호정책연구소)
  • Published : 2009.06.20

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify effects of Artemisia A. Smoke(Ssukjahun) on primary dysmenorrhea, Method: This study was a pretestposttest design with a nonequivalent control group. Data were collected from May 1, 2007 to May 27, 2008. A total of 40 women with dysmenorrhea participated in the study. Among them, 20 women were assigned to an experimental group and the other 20 to a control group. Artemisia A. Smoke(Ssukjahun) was provided daily for 4 days, starting 7 days prior to next expected menses in the experimental group. The instruments used in this study included MDQ (Moos' Menstrual Distress Questionnaire) by Kim (1995), Visual Analogue Scale by Keele (1948), and PG F2$\alpha$ by urine. Result: The results of this study are as follows; The experimental group was lower than the control group in the degree of menstrual distress (t=5.25, p=0.000), intensity of dysmenorrhea (t=7.71,p=0.000), and prostaglandin F2$\alpha$ levels (t=4.56, p=0.000). Conclusion: Artemisia A. Smoke (Ssukjahun) was proved as an effective nursing intervention to reduce dysmenorrhea in young women. Its convenience and accessibility may make it a useful intervention in nursing practice and education.

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