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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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Birth Centers are Turning to Aromatherapy for Maternal Comfort Care

Posted by Shannon Eggleton on

Women’s choices around their birthing experiences have expanded widely over the last decade as the medical establishment becomes more accepting of these other options. More women are choosing to give birth at home, on their own terms, with trained homebirth midwives. Others feel safer and more cared for in a traditional hospital setting, with ready access to monitors and epidurals, while some mothers-to-be opt for a birth experience somewhere in-between, preferring the assistance of a midwife in a hospital setting. Although every woman has their own version of an ideal birthing process or environment in mind, the one thing most...

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