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Veterinary Clinics Can Benefit from the Use of Clinical Aromatherapy

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

When wild dogs, wolves, cats and horses are sick they seek out certain plants to eat in order to get well. However, as these animals became domesticated, they lost much of this instinct as their access to wild plants lessened. Clinical aromatherapy is one way in which to safely give animals access to some of the same healing compounds they used to find in the wild. One of the most useful essential oils we know of is lavender(1), especially as it pertains to stress management. Lavender oil has shown great promise in scientific studies on both animals and in humans for reduction of...

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Clinical Research Demonstrates Ascents® Nausea Relief Formula May Outperform Pharmaceutical Protocols for PONV

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Aeroscena®, the parent company and research division of Ascents® clinical aromatherapy, is teaming up with one of the top children's hospitals in the nation to study pediatric post-operative nausea and vomiting. The IRB study is currently in process and is expected to publish in June. Early results show that in a randomized, double-blind study, Ascents® Nausea Relief No. 44 outperformed the pharmaceutical protocol normally followed in post-anesthesia care. This research is extremely promising, as PONV is an incredibly problematic side effect with reported incidences of 30% overall and 80% in high-risk patients.(1)  Additionally, it can cause a number of serious medical issues for those recovering. Complications include aspiration of gastric contents and...

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Clinical Aromatherapy, Essential Oils and Sleep

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

For many, night-time offers a welcome respite from the chaos of the day, and sleep comes easily. But for others, restful sleep simply does not. While there are many treatments available to address insomnia, many involve the use of drugs with a range of side effects. While these can be effective, they can also be addictive. For those with mild-to-moderate insomnia, there are more natural but still clinically-valid, scientifically-backed aids for better sleep. One of such option is clinical aromatherapy.  Research has shown that there is a range of essential oils that are able to help with sleeplessness. Two that are particularly effective are lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and ylang-ylang (Cananga...

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How to Alleviate Motion Sickness in Self-Driving Cars for Under $5

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 A number of articles have been published recently regarding how companies like Uber and Waymo plan to reduce passenger motion sickness in self-driving vehicles. All of the solutions — some of them even submitted to the patent process — are coming from a tech industry perspective of complexity and engineering. Watching technology companies try and solve this issue with yet more incredibly expensive technology, is the like old adage about the man with a hammer — everything ends up being a nail. Motion sickness is a problem that has plagued humans since the dawn of transportation. There are already tried-and-true methods to keep passenger nausea at a...

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PTSD, Virtual Reality, and the Science of Scent

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  Mainstream coverage of virtual and augmented reality has focused primarily on its uses in the entertainment sphere — video games and movies. Occasional forays into more experimental uses are occasionally noted, such as its integration into the Tribeca Film Festival’s Immersive programs, Virtual Arcade and Cinema 360º. While the applications for VR and AR are vast, the most important research being carried out is not being completed for the sake of more and better entertainment, but instead, to find ways to better assist medical professionals in treating patients. An area of particular promise for virtual reality in clinical settings is in the...

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