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The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain

There is some evidence that aromatherapy may be effective in reducing pain. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses essential oils from plants to treat health problems. These essential oils are believed to have healing properties.



Reducing pain in people with cancer.


One study looked at the effectiveness of aromatherapy in reducing pain in people with cancer. The study included 60 people with cancer who had pain due to their condition. The participants were divided into three groups: one group received the aromatherapy treatment (lavender and clary sage essential oils and a base lotion) applied to the inside of their arms, another group received a sham aromatherapy cream containing no active agents, and the third group did not receive any treatment. The aromatherapy cream was applied to the inside of their arms, on either side of the body, five days a week for six weeks.


The researchers found that participants who received the real aromatherapy cream reported significantly less pain compared to those in the other groups. They had more focused attention while completing tasks and were less fatigued. The researchers concluded that topical lavender and clary sage essential oils may be effective in reducing pain due to cancer.


The effect of aromatherapy massage on pain, anxiety, and fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis (MS)


A 2009 study looked at the effect of aromatherapy massage on pain, anxiety, and fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The participants were randomly divided into two groups: one group received aromatherapy massage and the other did not. The people in the arm massaged with aromatherapy had a statistically lower score on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Fatigue Severity Scale, which measures fatigue severity. They also had a lower score on a scale of anxiety, called the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. This study seems to show that aromatherapy massage is effective in reducing pain, anxiety, and fatigue in people with MS.


However, more research is needed to determine the effectiveness of aromatherapy for reducing pain. Some studies have shown that aromatherapy may be helpful, while others have shown that it does not seem to have any effect. More research is needed to determine which essential oils are most effective in reducing pain and whether aromatherapy is beneficial for other types of pain.


 

So far, the evidence seems to suggest that aromatherapy may be helpful in reducing cancer-related pain, pain in people with MS, and some types of anxiety. However, more research is needed to determine the effectiveness of aromatherapy for reducing pain.


 

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