Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2019)
Spiritual emotional freedom technique (SEFT) with lavender aroma therapy toward anxiety, coping mechanism and blood pressure in hypertension patients
Author(s): Yeni Yulistanti, Mardiyono, Sri Endang Pujiastuti
Abstract: Background: Hypertension is the most common cause of stroke, heart failure and kidney failure. Hypertension is very common in the community and is often referred to as the "silent killer". The long-term effects of hypertension can cause damage to vital organs that are potentially deadly. Management of hypertension, among others, with pharmacological and non-pharmacological. One of the non-pharmacological management that is recognized as an approach to dealing with problems both physically and psychologically and incorporating spiritual aspects is to treat Spiritual Emotional Freedom Technique (SEFT) and lavender aroma therapy. Method: This research is a True Examination with Stratified Random Sampling. In the intervention group and the control group each consisted of 32 respondents. The intervention applied is the Spiritual Emotional Freedom Technique (SEFT) with lavender aroma therapy with a duration of 1x30 minutes / day for 14 consecutive days. Data analysis for anxiety and coping mechanisms using design pretest-posttest with paired sample t-test, independent t-test and Repeated Measure ANOVA. Results: The results showed a decrease in anxiety level to 36.28 (mild anxiety, p=0.000), increased coping mechanism to 125.63 (adaptive coping mechanism, p=0.001) and a decrease in systolic blood pressure to 137.69 mmHg (normotension, p=0.000). There is no statistical effect on diastolic blood pressure but can reduce diastolic blood pressure to the normal category. Conclusion: SEFT therapy with lavender aromatherapy duration of 1x30 minutes / day for 14 consecutive days can reduce anxiety levels, improve coping mechanisms and reduce systolic blood pressure.