Saturday, November 1, 2014

Aromatherapy in the management of psychiatric disorders: clinical and neuropharmacological perspectives

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Perry N1Perry E.


Aromatherapy is currently used worldwide in the management of chronic pain, depression, anxiety, some cognitive disorders, insomnia and stress-related disorders. Although essential oils have been used, reputedly effectively, for centuries as a traditional medicine, there is very little verified science behind this use. The pharmacology of the essential oils and/or their single chemical constituents, therefore, remains largely undiscovered. However, accumulating evidence that inhaled or dermally applied essential oils enter the blood stream and, in relevant molecular, cellular or animal models, exert measurable psychological effects, indicates that the effects are primarily pharmacological.This review includes evidence from the limited number of clinical trials that have been published of 'psychoaromatherapy' in relation to psychiatric disorders, together with evidence from mechanistic, neuropharmacological studies of the effects of essential oils in relevant in vitro and in vivo models. It is concluded that aromatherapy provides a potentially effective treatment for a range of psychiatric disorders. In addition, taking into account the available information on safety, aromatherapy appears to be without the adverse effects of many conventional psychotropic drugs. Investment in further clinical and scientific research is clearly warranted.
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Dear friends,

The statement about " pharmacology of the essential oils and/or their single chemical constituents, therefore, remains largely undiscovered" means thathere are  many isolated compounds that pharmaceutical industry already experimented and have used.  

In fact, for the past 12 years, Young Living documented 280,000 compounds.  (read morehere...)

However, plants are living, and, just like people, their chemistry changes every second.  Therefore, there are still many minute-made constituents which may be discovered.

The most important point to remember, though, is that therapeutic grade essential oils are balanced - they contain most of the constituents of the plant, and are not toxic.

Althoug, this publication is not current, I found it interesting.


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