Friday, March 23, 2012

The Journal of Quality Research in Dementia, Issue 3

Aromatherapy for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Professor Elaine Perry (FmedSci)

Professor of Neurochemical Pathology, Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle General Hospital, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE Telephone 0191 444 4416. Fax 0191 444 4402. Email E.K.Perry@ncl.ac.uk. Elaine Perry also runs Dilston Physic Garden, Northumberland (http://www.dilstonphysicgarden.com/)
Linda Cawley, Secretary to the Cerebrovascular Group, Institute for Ageing and Health, assisted in the preparation of this article.

In a trial involving 122 non-demented patients in intensive care, massage aromatherapy using lavender oil was well received, the greatest improvements being in mood and reduction in anxiety.[2]

In another trial, lavender, geranium and mandarin essential oils in an almond oil base were applied to the skin of 39 patients over an unspecified period. This resulted in increased alertness, contentment and sleeping at night; and reduced levels of agitation, withdrawal and wandering.[3]

In a recent open-labelled trial on people with dementia, the use of a range of essential oils, including ylang ylang, patchouli, rosemary, peppermint and others, produced a marked decrease in disturbed behaviour in the majority of participants. This led to a reduction in prescribed conventional medicines, thereby delivering cost savings.[4]  

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2 comments:

riorita said...

I really hope this will contribute to the unfortunate who suffer from Alzheimer!

Living Vibrations - Ancient Oils said...

If it slows the progression, that alone would be great!