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Essential Oils, 5-HT3 Antagonists, and Mechanisms of Action

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

  As the market for essential oils has grown over the last decade, so has the hype. This is one reason why it’s important to separate scientific fact from marketing fiction (or at least, marketing spin). For every clinical study examining the effects of essential oils or aromatherapy, there are 10 that have little to no basis in science. Worse, there are a number of companies that market EOs (essential oils) for purposes that aren’t just benignly ineffective, but potentially dangerous to users. While these plant extracts may be natural, they aren’t universally safe and many certainly aren’t appropriate for ingestion, for undiluted...

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Clinical Aromatherapy for Pain Management

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

In 2016, three researchers published a meta-analysis and systemic review of aromatherapy’s [phyto-inhalants’] efficacy [1] as it relates to pain reduction in the journal Pain Research and Treatment. These weren’t just any researchers, either — they were heavy-hitters from three very well-respected health institutions, including the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute. The study was undertaken in order to discover if the many claims surrounding aromatherapy’s benefits regarding pain relief would stand up when analyzed through multiple scientific lenses, as there had been very few high-quality empirical reviews to date of the evidence. As it turns out (spoiler alert), the majority of claims would,...

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Designing Doctor-Recommended Aromatherapy Systems for Clinical Use

Posted by Shannon Eggleton on

Nurses have been using aromatherapy to comfort patients, often at their own expense, for decades — a mission we applaud. The problem is that without a standardized system of administration or other protocols in place, there are still some risks, a burden (and, frankly, an expense) that nurses shouldn’t have to bear. This is the reason we researched, developed and then manufactured “tools” to assist nurses and other medical professionals who wished to find better ways to safely and consistently use aromatherapy in clinical settings.   Personal Aromatherapy Inhalers Aeroscena®’s first product, personal aromatherapy inhaler sachets, were designed for sanitary, single-patient use, in order...

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On fMRI, Scientific Insights, and Reliability

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

Why all scientific study results — not just fMRI — should be subject to critical thought and examination. To say that there has been much debate around whether or not functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can be used to “prove” something — or anything — scientifically would be putting it lightly. The Great fMRI Scandal of 2016 alone was cause for many to completely reject the technology as useful for legitimate researchers. After all, if one small software bug was, according to the paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), enough to invalidate 15 years of research, and 40,000 research papers, then how...

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Mapping the Journey of a Cancer Patient

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

How an external challenge gave Aeroscena® a new perspective on cancer patient experience. Several years ago, we were introduced to Havas Health, an innovative health and wellness marketing agency in NYC, via our friend Dr. Michael Roizen, the Chief Wellness Officer of the Cleveland Clinic. Havas was managing an “open innovation” challenge for Pfizer, who sought to provide care solutions for cancer patients. Havas became intrigued by our ability to provide individualized aromatherapy protocols for patients with our personal inhalers, and they suggested we enter a competition they were managing for a Pfizer. The focus of the competition was on finding innovative, digital...

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