The Effect of Chamomile Tea on Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients Treated with Chemotherapy

    Published on:July 2019
    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2019; 11(3):309-312
    Original Article | doi:10.5530/jyp.2019.11.62
    Authors:

    Vahid Moeini Ghamchini1, Majid Salami2, Gholam Reza Mohammadi1, Zahra Moradi3, Ali Kavosi4, Ali Movahedi5, Mohammad Bidkhori6, Mohammad Reza Aryaeefar7,*

    1Department of Operating Room, Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences, Neyshabur, IRAN.

    2Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, Faculty of Medicine, Shahrood University of Medical Sciences, Shahrood, IRAN.

    3Department of Nursing, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Alborz, IRAN.

    4Department of Nursing, Nursing Research Center, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, IRAN.

    5Department of Anesthesia, Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences, Neyshabur, IRAN.

    6Department of public health, Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences, Neyshabur, IRAN.

    7Department of Operating Room, Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences, Neyshabur, IRAN.

    Abstract:

    Objectives: Natural products such as chamomile have been used throughout the world for centuries as alternative medicines or functional food. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.) has been applied for centuries as an herbal remedy for treat various inflammatory conditions such as eczema, ulcers, gout, neuralgia and rheumatic pains. Materials and Methods: This study was a single blind clinical trial. The samples will be placed in two groups of intervention (55 people) and control (55 people) by convenient sampling and random blocked. In the study, level of anxiety and depression in patients were measured in both groups by anxiety and depression questionnaires. Results: The mean of depression scores before and after the intervention in the intervention group was 25.81 and 19.49, respectively. Mean score of depression before and after intervention was 25.83 and 24.90 in control group. Results shows the mean scores of depression before and after intervention in the intervention and control group were difference significantly (p<0.001). Conclusion: Chamomile tea can be used as an alternative treatment to depression therapy in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy due to its low, safe, simple and affordable side effects. Chamomile tea is recommended for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy as an effective way to reduce symptoms of depression.

    Key words: Anxiety, Chamomile tea, Chemotherapy, Cancer, Depression 1.

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