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Disease relevance of Aromatherapy


High impact information on Aromatherapy

  • Lavender oil, traditionally used as an antiseptic agent, is now predominantly used as a relaxant, carminative, and sedative in aromatherapy [2].
  • We have been trying the effect of aromatherapy (with or without hypnosis) in patients with intractable epilepsy who ask for it [3].
  • Antioxidants such as eugenol and maltol may play an important role in the pharmaceutical activities of natural plant extracts used for aromatherapy [4].
  • We studied 103 patients, who were randomly allocated to receive massage using a carrier oil (massage) or massage using a carrier oil plus the Roman chamomile essential oil (aromatherapy massage) [5].
  • ATC policy on the conservation of plants used in aromatherapy [6].

Chemical compound and disease context of Aromatherapy

  • Maureen Marshall explores the use of stress management techniques such as relaxation, aromatherapy and therapeutic massage as a means of helping patients with dermatological conditions to cope with the pressures which may exacerbate their skin problems [7].
  • After indicating the severity of nausea on a 100-mm visual analogue scale (VAS), subjects received randomized aromatherapy with isopropyl alcohol, oil of peppermint, or saline (placebo) [8].
  • Estragole, a relatively nontoxic terpenoid ether, is an important constituent of many essential oils with widespread applications in folk medicine and aromatherapy and known to have potent local anesthetic activity [9].

Biological context of Aromatherapy


Gene context of Aromatherapy

  • Clinical aromatherapy. Part I: An introduction into nursing practice [11].
  • This report addresses the emergence of non-conventional therapies and examines the potential role for aroma-therapy in peri-anesthesia pain management [12].
  • Choosing the most appropriate option can be difficult due to reports of 'Super Nits' resistant to insecticides and lack of data to support the use of alternative methods such as 'wet combing' and aromatherapy treatments [13].
  • In an attempt to redress the lack of research into the use of complementary therapy in the nursing care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the author studied the effects of massage and aromatherapy on patients' wellbeing [14].


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  3. Use of aromatherapy (with or without hypnosis) in the treatment of intractable epilepsy--a two-year follow-up study. Betts, T. Seizure : the journal of the British Epilepsy Association. (2003) [Pubmed]
  4. Antioxidative activities of aroma extracts isolated from natural plants. Lee, K.G., Mitchell, A., Shibamoto, T. Biofactors (2000) [Pubmed]
  5. An evaluation of aromatherapy massage in palliative care. Wilkinson, S., Aldridge, J., Salmon, I., Cain, E., Wilson, B. Palliative medicine. (1999) [Pubmed]
  6. ATC policy on the conservation of plants used in aromatherapy. Baker, S. Complementary therapies in clinical practice. (2005) [Pubmed]
  7. Stress management in dermatology patients. Marshall, M. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987) (1991) [Pubmed]
  8. Aromatherapy with peppermint, isopropyl alcohol, or placebo is equally effective in relieving postoperative nausea. Anderson, L.A., Gross, J.B. J. Perianesth. Nurs. (2004) [Pubmed]
  9. Effects of estragole on the compound action potential of the rat sciatic nerve. Leal-Cardoso, J.H., Matos-Brito, B.G., Lopes-Junior, J.E., Viana-Cardoso, K.V., Sampaio-Freitas, A.B., Brasil, R.O., Coelho-De-Souza, A.N., Albuquerque, A.A. Braz. J. Med. Biol. Res. (2004) [Pubmed]
  10. Which complementary and alternative therapies benefit which conditions? A survey of the opinions of 223 professional organizations. Long, L., Huntley, A., Ernst, E. Complementary therapies in medicine. (2001) [Pubmed]
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  12. Aromatherapy in perianesthesia nursing. Buckle, J. J. Perianesth. Nurs. (1999) [Pubmed]
  13. Head lice for A & E nurses. Hadfield-Law, L. Accident and emergency nursing. (2000) [Pubmed]
  14. Aromatherapy in arthritis: a study. Brownfield, A. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987) (1998) [Pubmed]
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