Effect of Herbal Steam on Headache in Lompakang Patients

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Nureeda Kueluemae
Sitimariyae Yunu
Nasmee Madeeyoh
Asmaa Bueraheng
Chuanchom Khuniad
Sirirat Sriraksa
Budsakorn Sianun

Abstract

      Lompakang symptoms are similar to migraine. In Thai traditional medicine, herbal steam is one of treatments for curing Lompakang. The result of the related literature review found that there is no report refer to use of herbal steam for Lompakang treatment. The aim of this study was to compare headache intensity, number of migraine attacks per week and degree of cervical lateral flexion between before and after treatments and assess the satisfaction of selected patients The subjects were 25 students of Faculty of Health and Sports Science which were purposively selected. Each subject was received a herbal steam treatment 2 times a week for 4 weeks. Pain intensity, number of migraine attacks per week and degree of cervical lateral flexion were assessed before and after the treatments. The patients were given the questionnaire to evaluate satisfaction with the treatments. The data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and paired sample t-test. It was found that after receiving the treatments, pain intensity and number of migraine attacks were reduced and degree of cervical left and right lateral flexion were increased with a significant difference at the .05 level. It can be concluded that herbal steam helps relieving pain and relaxing neck and shoulder muscles. It could be promoted as an alternative treatment for Lompakang and provide better quality of life for the patients without taking more painkillers.

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