Sunday, February 7, 2010
Fifteen women participated in a pilot study on non-random therapeutic effect of aromatherapy cons symptoms ménopause. They received their first meeting in aromatherapy massage (lavender essential oil diluted to 1% in Macadamia nut oil), then were asked to practice self massage for 1 month, 3 to 4 times a week . The comparison of results before and after treatment indicates a reduced severity of symptoms in all patients. However, given the lack of control group, and knowing that the placebo effect may explain at least 30% of the observed effect, no formal conclusion can be derived from this small study.
More studies exist in scientific literature regarding the beneficial effect of aromatherapy cons certain conditions: eczema, infections, respiratoiry diseases, nausea postopératoire, arthritis, multiple plaques, fibromyalgia, anxiety prenatale, epilepsy , depression, postpartum depression etc.. However, none of these studies can not draw clear conclusions about the effectiveness of aromatherapy in these situations.