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No suspension of disbelief required

Unlike the practice of acupuncture or homoeopathy, the belief system underlying the use of plants as medicines is not necessarily different to the use of single substances, or “drugs”. For sure, herbalist and doctor may have very different approaches to healing disease, and the concept of synergy is one that remains almost totally unexplored in conventional medicine (perhaps a missed opportunity…).

But, medicines of both types can be described using similar pharmacological terminology – anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial and so on. Therefore, no suspension of disbelief is required – no fundamental paradigm shift  – no reinvention of the laws of physics or […]

By |November 11th, 2010|Aromatherapy / Research|Comments Off on No suspension of disbelief required

Therapeutic grade oils – read all about it!

Dear Massage Magazine,

I submitted an article, which you published as a Guest Editorial on page 22 of your March 2010 issue, entitled Essential Oils: Premium Quality Yields Premium Results. On page 10, your Contents Page, this was listed as: Guest Editorial: Read about therapeutic grade essential oils in “Powerful Tools in A Small Bottle”, by Dawn-Mari Yurkovic, at www.massagemag.com/powerfultools. Don’t you agree this is a little weird? One person writes a two-page article, and a completely different person/article is listed on the Contents page of the magazine?
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By |April 10th, 2010|Aromatherapy / Research|74 Comments

A rainy afternoon in Cambridge

In May 1967 my mother went to Paris to hear a lecture by Dr. Jean Valnet, and came back with a signed copy of his book. I was 19. At that time, this was the only in-print book on the subject of aromatherapy that was available in any language. Within ten years, I had trained in soft-tissue massage, and had written my own aromatherapy book. I wrote it as a kind of “companion book” to Valnet’s; his was all about the science of aromatherapy, so I called mine The Art of Aromatherapy. It took me two years to research the […]

By |March 30th, 2010|Aromatherapy / Research|9 Comments

Hidden benefits

Reports on the effects of aromatherapy massage on pain, anxiety and depression in cancer patients are inconsistent, with some finding significant effects, and others not. One that did find an effect (Imanishi et al 2007) was authored by a group of researchers from four Japanese Universities. In 12 patients with breast cancer, anxiety was significantly reduced over a 4 week period. The patients receved two 30 minute massage sessions each week, using diluted sweet orange, lavender and sandalwood oils. STAI (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory) scores were significantly lower after a massage session than before it, and the reduction was progressive. Even one […]

By |February 22nd, 2010|Aromatherapy / Research|Comments Off on Hidden benefits
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