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Aromatherapy in Epilepsy

Interest in aromatherapy in the United Kingdom for people with epilepsy began in the Birmingham University Seizure Clinic several years ago when one of our team members was training in aromatherapy. As part of her training, she asked to try the technique on some of our patients with chronic epilepsy. The literature at that time was confused about whether aromatherapy could help people with epilepsy. Indeed, some aromatherapy authorities warned against the use of aromatherapy in epilepsy. We suspect this was related to the fear that a patient might have a seizure during a massage. Ten patients with chronic intractable complex partial seizures, with or without secondary generalization (seizure spreading throughout the brain), agreed to take part in the study and received, during 1 month, two aromatherapy full-body massages lasting 1 During the treatment period itself and for about 1 month afterward, a marked reduction in seizure frequency occurred in nine of the 10 patients, although...

Studies in MS and Other Conditions

Aromatherapy has not been systematically studied in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). A small preliminary study of two people with MS reported that a treatment program of aromatherapy and massage led to improvement in mobility, dressing ability, and personal hygiene (1). Studies of olfaction in MS indicate that 10 to 20 percent of people with the disease have an impaired sense of smell. Only a limited number of studies detail the effects of aromatherapy on any medical condition, and those that do exist are generally of low quality. Many of the therapeutic claims about aromatherapy are based on tradition, not on actual clinical research. Symptoms of MS that have been investigated in some aromatherapy research are anxiety, depression, pain, and insomnia. For anxiety, studies of variable quality indicate that beneficial effects may be obtained with the use of lavender oil, Roman chamomile oil, and neroli (orange) oil. However, no large, well-designed clinical studies have examined...

Practical Information

Aromatherapy may be obtained from a practitioner or may be self-administered. It is sometimes combined with herbal medicine or traditional Chinese medicine. Aromatherapy may be provided on an individual basis or as informational classes. Individual sessions typically cost 60 to 80 and last about 60 minutes. Classes cost about 30 for 60 to 120 minutes. More information on aromatherapy and aromatherapists may be obtained from American Alliance of Aromatherapy, PO. Box 309, Depoe Bay OR 93741 (800-809-9850) Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) (www.aromatherapy-council.org) National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) (www.naha.org), 3327 W. Indian Trail Road PMB 144, Spokane WA 99208 (509-325-3419)

Additional Readings Books

Aromatherapy art, science, or myth In Weintraub MI, Micozzi M, eds. Alternative and Complementary Treatment in Neurologic Illness. Philadelphia Churchill Livingstone, 2001, pp. 128-150. Kowalak JP, Mills EJ, eds. Professional Guide to Complementary and Alternative Checkmark Books. 2005, pp.8-10. Vickers A. Massage and Aromatherapy A Guide for Health Professionals. London Chapman & Hall, 1996. Howarth AL. Will aromatherapy be a useful treatment strategy for people with multiple sclerosis who experience pain Compl Ther Nurs Midwifery 2002 8 138-141.

Other Applications Of Semiochemicals

Floral fragrances are often attractant or repellent to insects (Mookherjee et al., 1993), but most commercial insect repellents are currently based on DEET or citronella. DEET has various adverse side effects on human health (Mumcuoglu et al., 1996), but some essential oils could have prospects for replacing it. For example, pine oil has been found to have repellent or oviposition deterrent properties against some insects (e.g., Ntiamoah et al., 1996). Constituents of pine oil, such as linalool, can reduce feeding and oviposition of houseflies (Maganga et al., 1996). In addition, a-pinene is being developed as an oviposition repellent where cherry bark tortrix (Enarmonia formosana) (Tortricidae) is a problem in urban Vancouver (McNair et al., 1997).

Latest Update About The Linalool To Kill Insect

Citrus extracts and two components of those extracts are recent additions to the list of commercial botanical insecticides. Limonene (particularly d-limonene, p-mentha-1,8-diene) is a monoterpenoid that comprises up to 90 of crude citrus oil and is easily extracted from it by steam distillation. The monoterpenoids in general are major components of the fragrant, volatile essential oils of such plants as mint, pine, cedar, citrus, and eucalyptus. Other components of these essential oils include ketones, aldehydes, esters, and various alcohols, many of which are also biologically active in insects and mammals. Linalool, a terpene alcohol, is present in citrus peel and in more than 200 other herbs, flowers, fruits, and woods. 4.2.9 Other Essential Oils Several additional essential oils, including oils of cedar, lavendar, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, and citronella are used as insect repellents on pets and humans, primarily to discourage fleas and mosquitoes. With the exception of oil of...

Treatment Method

Aromatherapy is based primarily on the use of essential oils. These oils, which are of high quality and purity, are obtained from plants using a specialized distillation process or by cold pressing. More than 40 different essential oils are used. They may be used individually or as mixtures, and they are administered by direct application to the skin, mixing with bath water, or inhalation. Oils sometimes are applied to the skin by massage. In France, oils are sometimes taken internally by mouth or by the vagina or rectum. However, in general, oils should not be taken internally.

Side Effects

Aromatherapy usually is well tolerated, but it is not risk-free. When applied to the skin, some oils may produce a skin rash (this type of allergic reaction may be detected by applying a small amount of oil to the skin and monitoring for a response for 24 hours). Cinnamon or clove oil should not be applied directly to the skin. Basil, fennel, lemon grass, rosemary, and verbena oils may cause skin irritation the use of these oils should be discontinued if skin irritation occurs. Approximately 5 percent of people appear to be allergic to fragrances. Because of possible toxic effects, oil should not be taken internally by mouth or any other method (this is especially true for eucalyptus, hyssop, mugwort, thuja, pennyroyal, sage, and wormwood). Pregnant women probably should avoid aromatherapy because the use of some oils may lead to miscarriage. Odors may provoke headaches in people with migraines and cause breathing difficulties in those with asthma. Some oils (rosemary, fennel, hyssop,...

Clinical Studies

Several studies show that acupressure combined with massage with essential oils or carrier oil can be more effective than classical massage techniques alone (48-53). The effectiveness of combined acupressure and massage with essential oils (which are both inhaled and absorbed via the skin) (54) depends on a concise knowledge of symptoms and symptom-alleviating compounds and application methods.

Definition

Aromatherapy as it is currently practiced is comparatively new, although it is rooted in older practices of massage and herbal treatments that date back to medieval times (12,13). In the United Kingdom, the current practice of aromatherapy is largely undertaken outside the medical profession, although in France many practitioners are medically qualified. This difference may be explained by the way that the technique is used in the two countries. In the United Kingdom, the techniques used in aromatherapy are largely those of inhalation and massage in France, aromatherapy oils are often used as external or internal medicines. Thus, it is possible that some of these active constituents, in small amounts, may go straight to the brain. In conventional aromatherapy massage, therefore, the recipient may receive pharmacologically active compounds through the skin and smell the oil, which along with the massage may also be part of the therapeutic process. The oils can also be diluted in a bath...

Possible Benefits

Aromatherapy may be useful to those who can recognize lengthy auras during seizures, or who have recognizable prodromes or triggers to their seizures. One of the advantages of the smell memory technique is that it does not require a great amount of cognition to use. Thus, even if people are slightly confused during an aura, they may still be able to interpose their aroma. We have found that patients with olfactory or taste auras find aromatherapy a particularly useful countermeasure. Aromatherapy may be useful as a temporary adjunctive measure in people going through a stressful time in their lives, with a consequent increase in seizure frequency. It may also be useful in people with epilepsy who have sleep-related seizures. Finally, aromatherapy promotes more restful sleep. The case histories in the appendix to this chapter illustrate these uses.

Case Histories

A diary of Jane's attacks showed they were more common when she was stressed, partly because she feared the social consequences of the attacks and was embarrassed by them. She volunteered to try the aromatherapy technique. would relax she practiced this herself several times each week. When she felt the hot feeling develop in her hand, she immediately took out a handkerchief soaked with a few drops of lavender and gently inhaled the fragrance. Gentle inhalation is important drawing cold air rapidly through the nose may increase seizure activity (15). Jane found that as soon as she inhaled the aroma of lavender, the warm feeling left and she felt in control. Later, she did not have to use a handkerchief to inhale the aromatherapy oil. She merely had to think of the smell of lavender and the seizure stopped. In situations where she previously believed she might have a seizure, she now felt confident and in control. Glynis has juvenile myoclonic epilepsy with seizures that began in her...

Essentials Oils

Essential oils are extracted from a variety of plants and used for aromatherapy, massage, and other purposes. An essential oil may contain hundreds of chemicals in a highly concentrated form. Although it may seem harmless to simply smell something or rub it on the skin, as opposed to swallowing a tablet, chemicals can gain entry into the body and Several essential oils can worsen seizures. In some reported cases, certain oils caused seizures in people who had not experienced seizures previously. Some of these cases involved ingesting the oils by mouth and others through absorption through the skin. The essential oils of greatest concern are eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium or Hedeoma pulegioides), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), sage (Salvia officinalis), savin (Juniperus sabina), tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), thuja (Thuya occidentalis), turpentine (Pinus species), and wormwood (Artemisia...

Modern Well Being

The universe, derived from both eastern Asian and Western classical-vitalist cosmologies. It pays close attention to the action of primary elements (earth, air, fire, water, metal, and wood), and to the old existential or environmental categories such as air, food and drink, exercise, sleep and work, the evacuations, and passions of the mind. The body is seen as existing in a biological envelope through which the cosmic physical forces of 'bio-energy' (or ying and yang) flow with a transcendent psychic energy that can be either harmful or benign. There is a particular interest in the tonic therapeutic actions and reactions of the five senses (acting not only through the nose, but through the eyes, the hands, the ears, and the voice) and in psychosomatic medicine generally the term favoured by progressive holistic GPs is 'biopsychosocial medicine'.46 The techniques used to control bio-energy are mainly those preserved and developed in the ancient practical-medicine traditions of...

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