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20 papers 100 to 500 followers A collection of research articles focused on applications of aromatherapy.
By Guy Haines Certified Holistic Nurse working in ICU
Irina Chamine, Barry S Oken
OBJECTIVE: Aromas may improve physiologic and cognitive function after stress, but associated mechanisms remain unknown. This study evaluated the effects of lavender aroma, which is commonly used for stress reduction, on physiologic and cognitive functions. The contribution of pharmacologic, hedonic, and expectancy-related mechanisms of the aromatherapy effects was evaluated. METHODS: Ninety-two healthy adults (mean age, 58.0 years; 79.3% women) were randomly assigned to three aroma groups (lavender, perceptible placebo [coconut], and nonperceptible placebo [water] and to two prime subgroups (primed, with a suggestion of inhaling a powerful stress-reducing aroma, or no prime)...
September 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Anna V Dwyer, Dawn L Whitten, Jason A Hawrelak
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate herbal medicines, other than St. John's wort, in the treatment of depression. DATA SOURCES/SEARCH METHODS: A computer-based search of Medline, Cinahl, AMED, ALT Health Watch, Psych Articles, Psych Info, Current Contents databases, Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, was performed. Researchers were contacted, and bibliographies of relevant papers and previous meta-analysis were hand searched for additional references...
March 2011: Alternative Medicine Review: a Journal of Clinical Therapeutic
Rajesh Ramesh Hosadurga, Sudarshan Narayan Rao, Rejeesh Edavanputhalath, Jobin Jose, Narayana Charyulu Rompicharla, Moidin Shakil, Shashidhara Raju
INTRODUCTION: One of the options for the treatment of periodontitis is local drug delivery systems (LDD). Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), a traditional herb, has many uses in medicine. It could be a suitable agent as LDD for the treatment of periodontitis. AIM: The aim was to formulate, evaluate the anti-inflammatory activity; assess duration of the action and the efficacy of 2% tulsi (O. sanctum) gel in the treatment of experimental periodontitis in Wistar Albino rat model...
January 2015: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation
V Anitha, P Rajesh, M Shanmugam, B Meena Priya, S Prabhu, V Shivakumar
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY: The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of natural curcumin in the management of chronic periodontitis as local drug delivery in comparison to synthetic chlorhexidine, which is the gold standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty chronic periodontitis patients with an age range of 20-50 years with probing pocket depth (PPD) of 4-6 mm were included. Curcumin and chlorhexidine gel was applied in the contralateral disease sites at baseline and day 15...
January 2015: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
Eri Watanabe, Kenny Kuchta, Mari Kimura, Hans Wilhelm Rauwald, Tsutomu Kamei, Jiro Imanishi
BACKGROUND: Bergamot essential oil (BEO) is commonly used against psychological stress and anxiety in aromatherapy. The primary aim of the present study was to obtain first clinical evidence for these psychological and physiological effects. A secondary aim was to achieve some fundamental understanding of the relevant pharmacological processes. METHODS: Endocrinological, physiological, and psychological effects of BEO vapor inhalation on 41 healthy females were tested using a random crossover study design...
2015: Forschende Komplementärmedizin, Research in Complementary Medicine
Clive G Ballard, John T O'Brien, Katharina Reichelt, Elaine K Perry
BACKGROUND: Behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia are frequent and are a major management problem, especially for patients with severe cognitive impairment. Preliminary reports have indicated positive effects of aromatherapy using select essential oils, but there are no adequately powered placebo-controlled trials. We conducted a placebo-controlled trial to determine the value of aromatherapy with essential oil of Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) for agitation in people with severe dementia...
July 2002: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
H Sadeghi Aval Shahr, M Saadat, M Kheirkhah, E Saadat
Primary dysmenorrhoea (PD) is the most common gynaecological complaint that occurs in women. This study was a randomised controlled trial. The subjects were 75 students whose severity of pain was measured by visual analogue scale (VAS). Subjects were randomly divided into three groups: massage group with rose oil (n = 25) who applied self-massage with Rose damascene; a placebo group (n = 25) who performed self-massage with unscented almond oil and a no treatment control group (n = 25) who applied just self-massage...
May 2015: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Myung-Haeng Hur, Ji-Ah Song, Jeonghee Lee, Myeong Soo Lee
The aim of this review was to systematically assess the effectiveness of aromatherapy for stress management. Seven databases were searched from their inception through April 2014. RCTs testing aromatherapy against any type of controls in healthy human person that assessed stress level and cortisol level were considered. Two reviewers independently performed the selection of the studies, data abstraction and validations. The risk of bias was assessed using Cochrane criteria. Five RCTs met our inclusion criteria, and most of them had high risk of bias...
December 2014: Maturitas
Ali Hajibagheri, Atye Babaii, Mohsen Adib-Hajbaghery
OBJECTIVE: Sleep disorders are common among patients hospitalized in coronary care unit (CCU). This study aimed to investigate the effect of Rosa damascene aromatherapy on sleep quality of patients hospitalized in CCU. METHODS: In this randomized controlled trial, 60 patients who met the inclusion criteria were conveniently sampled and randomly allocated to the experimental and control groups. Patients in the control group received routine care. In the experimental group, patients received routine care and Rosa damascene aromatherapy for three subsequent nights...
August 2014: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Juliana Rizzo Gnatta, Patricia Petrone Piason, Cristiane de Lion Botero Couto Lopes, Noemi Marisa Brunet Rogenski, Maria Júlia Paes da Silva
To verify if the use of ylang ylang essential oil by cutaneous application or inhalation alters the anxiety and self-esteem perception and physiological parameters as blood pressure and temperature. Method : A pilot study with 34 professionals from a nursing group randomized in three groups: one received the ylang ylang essential oil by cutaneous application, the second received through inhalation and the third (placebo) received the ylang ylang essence through cutaneous application. The assessment was done by an Anxiety Inventory (IDATE) and the Dela Coleta self-esteem scale, applied on baseline, after 30, 60 and 90 days and after 15 days post-intervention (follow up)...
June 2014: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
Masoumeh Namazi, Seddigheh Amir Ali Akbari, Faraz Mojab, Atefe Talebi, Hamid Alavi Majd, Sharareh Jannesari
BACKGROUND: Anxiety is the most common psychological response of women to labor. Aromatherapy, i.e. the use of fragrant essential oils to stimulate the olfactory system, can create a state of calmness and help to alleviate anxiety. OBJECTIVES: The present study tried to determine the efficacy of aromatherapy with Citrus aurantium oil in reducing anxiety during the first stage of labor. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This randomized clinical trial was conducted on two groups of pregnant women, referred to Vali-Asr Hospital (Tuyserkan, Iran) between June and September 2013...
June 2014: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
Bruna Fernanda Murbach Teles Andrade, Bruno José Conti, Karina Basso Santiago, Ary Fernandes Júnior, José Maurício Sforcin
OBJECTIVES: In traditional medicine, plants have formed the basis of sophisticated systems that have been in existence for thousands of years and still provide mankind with new remedies. Cymbopogon martinii, known as palmarosa, has been used in aromatherapy as a skin tonic due to its antimicrobial properties. It has also used in Ayurvedic medicine for skin problems and to relieve nerve pain. The immunomodulatory action of C. martinii essential oil (EO) and geraniol was evaluated regarding the production of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines (tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α and IL-10, respectively) by human monocytes in vitro...
October 2014: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Jin-Ji Wu, Yanji Cui, Yoon-Sil Yang, Moon-Seok Kang, Sung-Cherl Jung, Hyeung Keun Park, Hye-Young Yeun, Won Jung Jang, Sunjoo Lee, Young Sook Kwak, Su-Yong Eun
OBJECTIVES: Aromatherapy massage is commonly used for the stress management of healthy individuals, and also has been often employed as a therapeutic use for pain control and alleviating psychological distress, such as anxiety and depression, in oncological palliative care patients. However, the exact biological basis of aromatherapy massage is poorly understood. Therefore, we evaluated here the effects of aromatherapy massage interventions on multiple neurobiological indices such as quantitative psychological assessments, electroencephalogram (EEG) power spectrum pattern, salivary cortisol and plasma brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels...
June 2014: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Hiroshi Ikeda, Syuntaro Takasu, Kazuyuki Murase
BACKGROUND: Affections are thought to regulate pain perception through the descending pain inhibitory system in the central nervous system. In this study, we examined in mice the affective change by inhalation of the lemon oil, which is well used for aromatherapy, and the effect of lemon odor on pain sensation. We also examined the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and descending pain inhibitory system to such regulation of pain. RESULTS: In the elevated plus maze, the time spent in the open arms was increased by inhalation of lemon oil...
February 20, 2014: Molecular Pain
Debra S Sites, Nancy T Johnson, Jacqueline A Miller, Pauline H Torbush, Janis S Hardin, Susan S Knowles, Jennifer Nance, Tara H Fox, Rebecca Creech Tart
PURPOSE: With little scientific evidence to support use of aromatherapy for postoperative nausea and/or vomiting (PONV) symptoms, this study evaluated controlled breathing with peppermint aromatherapy (AR) and controlled breathing alone (CB) for PONV relief. DESIGN: A single blind randomized control trial design was used. METHODS: On initial PONV complaint, symptomatic subjects received either CB (n = 16) or AR (n = 26) intervention based on randomization at enrollment...
February 2014: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
Masoumeh Bagheri-Nesami, Fatemeh Espahbodi, Attieh Nikkhah, Seyed Afshin Shorofi, Jamshid Yazdani Charati
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to determine the effects of lavender aromatherapy on pain following needle insertion into a fistula in patients undergoing hemodialysis. METHOD: This is a randomized controlled clinical trial in which 92 patients undergoing hemodialysis with arteriovenous fistulas were randomly divided into two groups. The experimental-group patients inhaled lavender essence with a concentration of 10% for 5 min during 3 hemodialysis sessions, while the control-group patients received aromatherapy free of lavender essence...
February 2014: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Julien Sfeir, Corinne Lefrançois, Dominique Baudoux, Séverine Derbré, Patricia Licznar
Streptococcus pyogenes plays an important role in the pathogenesis of tonsillitis. The present study was conducted to evaluate the in vitro antibacterial activities of 18 essential oils chemotypes from aromatic medicinal plants against S. pyogenes. Antibacterial activity of essential oils was investigated using disc diffusion method. Minimum Inhibitory Concentration of essential oils showing an important antibacterial activity was measured using broth dilution method. Out of 18 essential oils tested, 14 showed antibacterial activity against S...
2013: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Barbara Cordell, Jane Buckle
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of two inhaled essential oils (black pepper or angelica) on the nicotine habits of students, staff, and faculty on a U.S. college campus. DESIGN: Comparative study with pre-/post-test measures. SETTING: Community college in rural East Texas. PARTICIPANTS: Convenience sample of 20 volunteers from the college community (students, faculty, and staff) who were regular (daily) users of nicotine (cigarettes, snuff, or chewing tobacco)...
August 2013: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Tiago Costa Goes, Fabrício Dias Antunes, Péricles Barreto Alves, Flavia Teixeira-Silva
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential anxiolytic effect of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) aroma in healthy volunteers submitted to an anxiogenic situation. DESIGN: Forty (40) male volunteers were allocated to five different groups for the inhalation of sweet orange essential oil (test aroma: 2.5, 5, or 10 drops), tea tree essential oil (control aroma: 2.5 drops), or water (nonaromatic control: 2.5 drops). Immediately after inhalation, each volunteer was submitted to a model of anxiety, the video-monitored version of the Stroop Color-Word Test (SCWT)...
August 2012: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Ronald Hunt, Jacqueline Dienemann, H James Norton, Wendy Hartley, Amanda Hudgens, Thomas Stern, George Divine
BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea (PON) is a common complication of anesthesia and surgery. Antiemetic medication for higher-risk patients may reduce but does not reliably prevent PON. We examined aromatherapy as a treatment for patients experiencing PON after ambulatory surgery. Our primary hypothesis was that in comparison with inhaling a placebo, PON will be reduced significantly by aromatherapy with (1) essential oil of ginger, (2) a blend of essential oils of ginger, spearmint, peppermint, and cardamom, or (3) isopropyl alcohol...
September 2013: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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