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IJHSR. 2013; 3(6): 66-70

Effectiveness of Valerian Tea in Premenstrual Syndrome among Adolescents in a Selected School at Erode.

P. Padmavathi, Raja Sankar, N. Kokilavani.

Background: Premenstrual syndrome is the most common of gynecologic complaints. It affects half of all female adolescents today and represents the leading cause of periodic college/school absenteeism among that population. Objective: To assess the effectiveness of valerian tea on Premenstrual syndrome among adolescents.
Design: A one group pre test and post test Pre experimental design was adopted for the study. Setting: Seventh Day Adventists School, Erode.
Participants: 30 adolescent girls with Premenstrual syndrome fulfilling the inclusion criteria were selected by convenient sampling.
Methods: A pre test was conducted by using premenstrual symptoms assessment scale. Immediately after pre test 100ml valerian tea was given two times a day for 7 days and again post test was conducted to assess the effectiveness of valerian tea. Collected data was analysed by using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: In pre test, the mean score of the sample was 72.12 (SD= 8.74)) and the post test mean score was 40.21 (SD = 6.72) with Paired‘t ‘value of 21.02.This showed that the valerian tea was effective in enhancing the practice of the sample regarding Premenstrual syndrome. There was a statistically no significant association found between the post test scores of the sample with their demographic variables.
Conclusion: The findings imply the need for educating adolescent girls on effective management of Premenstrual syndrome. Valerian decreased premenstrual symptoms, which it might be attributed to its antispasmodic effect.

Key words: Effectiveness, Valerian, Premenstrual syndrome, adolescents.

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