The True Medicinal Value of Aromatherapy

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The advantages of aromatherapy are long-standing recognized, and there is an increasing consensus that it’s a real therapy benefit. Aromatherapy can help relax the mind, decrease stress and enhance general well-being. The most popular applications are aromatherapy for relieving pain, fever, and sleeping aids. The main benefit of aromatherapy is its capacity to aid people in feeling good about themselves and the environment in which they live.

Has Aromatherapy Been Wrongly Accused?

A search for the term “Aromatherapy is a good way to find several websites that claim aromatherapy is a scam of some kind. Aromatherapy manufacturers and retailers are making “dubious” claims regarding the effectiveness of essential oil. They don’t appear to have conducted their research or assessed the credibility of research conducted by scientists to the validity generated by conventional medicine, which is easily characterized as ‘dubious’ based on the same guidelines. Okay, so there are no criteria to be that are used, only some blurbs that describe aromatherapy as an obscure science that ought to be ignored and anything else that’s been discovered under the guise of ‘new age.

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Let’s get us to agree on this: is some aromatherapy a “soft science”? Certain people might be more relaxed after breathing in Lavender, for instance, but others won’t. Aromatherapists are not in disagreement on this issue, but they will, however, defend themselves if medical uses for essential oils are disregarded using the soft side of “aroma” therapy. Science is proving many of the claims of aromatherapy using valid evidence, including the “soft science” of the practice. Let’s look at the scientific basis behind aromatherapy, the holes in the arguments of well-known debunkers, and why aromatherapy holds its place in current medical practices.

Aromatherapy Image Problem

Aromatherapy’s image issue can be seen in this way: Many people who hear the term believe that it has to do with the smell of things and not with things which smell.’ It’s a tiny but significant distinction. Aromatherapy is a broad field of medicine that makes use of plants that are chemicals that are volatile (easily evaporated) constituents to treat a range of diseases. It does not just have to be about the effects the plant chemicals can have on those who can smell the scent. Nearly all professional aromatherapists will confirm that the most significant medicinal benefit of aromatherapy lies not in their appealing aromas but in their ability to treat a diverse variety of infections (like MRSA, the ‘Superbug’), their action as anti-inflammatory agents, chemotherapy agents, wound healing agents, and other medical applications.

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Searching for Real Data on The Efficacy of Essential Oils

A quick review of the research conducted on Pub Med, the database with thousands of peer-reviewed science and medical journals that are freely accessible online, provides thousands of citations for studies conducted using essential oils. In reality, certain studies didn’t result in conclusive evidence that massages using lavender lotion didn’t improve people’s mood compared to hand massages using unscented lotion. There is, however, research that shows that people have a better sleep when they inhale lavender. There’s also a study that suggests that stress triggers in the immune system did not change after inhaling the chemical linalool (an isolated component of Lavender) However, there are fifteen studies (upon the most recent count) that show positive results when searching for ‘lavender’ as well as anxiolytic (the technical term used to describe a stress-reducing). Results for the acetaminophen or pain may be as robust as those for minoxidil, and hair is likely to be less.

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The Unfounded View of the Skeptics

The aromatherapists even acknowledge that they have mixed results. The naysayers rely on this information to claim that “aromatherapy doesn’t work” the most reasonable conclusion appears to be “everyone’s different. Some people respond to aromatherapy, and others do not. There is a possibility that they react to a different scent or it’s not even a factor”. The following is from Robert T. Carol of “…I have to conclude that aromatherapy is most of the time a pseudoscientific alternative treatment for medical problems. It mixes folklore, trials, and error, anecdotes and testimonials, New Age spiritualism and fantasies.” Stephen Barrett, M.D. of Quackwatch, does not really argue about the importance of aromatherapy but instead simply sounds angry about the whole concept.

There are certain unsubstantiated claims being circulated however, let’s be the game of fairness. How many deadly drugs have been pulled from the market after drug-manufacturer-paid rigorous scientific investigations claimed them to be “safe and effective”? One chart shows deaths linked to “properly prescribed and used drugs” in the same category as those from alcohol as well as alcohol which is just over “preventable medical” mishaps and the above deaths in traffic. How many people died due to the use of essential oils? Do you have the ability to draw circles? What about the letter that is between the letters ‘n’ and”?

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The Latest In Aromatherapy-Medicine Research

The cutting-edge of aromatherapy: The major story lies in the fact that essential oils are similar to those used in aromatherapy (this is the principle we’re trying to communicate! ) They are extremely effective antivirals and antibiotics. Again, we invite you to search for ‘essential oil’ and ‘MRSA’ — this is the staphylococcus aureus bacteria ‘superbug’ that has become resistant to commonly available antibiotics (the MR in the name stands for ‘methicillin-resistant). Some studies demonstrate the effectiveness of using Tea Tree essential oil in clinical settings and results in lab tests with other oils. It is believed that the oils do not cause any adverse reactions when used in the right doses.

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Essential Oils Identified As Cancer Destroyers

There are myriad studies that demonstrate essential oils’ effectiveness in fighting cancer. A recent study published in”Chemico-Biological Interactions “Chemico-Biological Interactions” noted that Linalool, which is a popular essential oil constituent, totally eliminated a specific liver cancer cell line with very low amounts. Try ‘essential oil’ and ‘cancer’ in Pub Med, and you’ll get results like “Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity”(perhaps this is the terminology of “New Age spiritualism” I’m yet unaware of). Another example can be found in “Anticancer activity of an essential oil from Cymbopogon flexuosus” (Lemongrass essential oil) with the conclusion that “Our results indicate that the oil has a promising anticancer activity and causes loss in tumor cell viability by activating the apoptotic process as identified by electron microscopy.” The list naturally continues (there are actually 388 results in this particular search).

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Then Why All The Criticism?

Why are these critiques of aromatherapy becoming so popular, at least in the eyes of Google? Why are some people drawn to scary movies and car accidents It’s hard to say in the end. It may have something to do with an entanglement between ‘aromatherapy’ as well as ‘Glade plug-in air freshener (TM) for many people’s minds, then there is between ‘frankincense’ and ‘aromatherapy and tumor-specific toxic cytotoxicity. The reality is that there’s an abundance of money being spent on this Glad Plug-In concept. Because essential oils can’t be licensed as drugs, so the amount that could be made through Really Big Business is negligible.

Changing The Popular View Of Aromatherapy

Therefore, it’s the job of small natural health firms, as well as individual practitioners and the amazing research and education facilities that do the research, to make sure that the message gets out. In particular, it’s important to shake the boat when the world’s authorities make false claims regarding scent therapy’s ambiguous nature. The medicinal properties of plants have preserved human life for thousands of years. Essential oils are merely very active substances produced by plants and are referred to in that it deals with therapeutic uses of these aromatic molecules. Aromatherapy. Make sure you get the word out!

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In the end, the research has shown that aromatherapy has numerous advantages for both animals and humans. The benefits include lessening stress, enhancing circulation, and decreasing anxiety. There is still a lot to be learned about the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy however, with ongoing research and advancement, aromatherapy could soon be a standard treatment for various human ailments.

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