Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 15: Aromatherapy (continued)

KEY POINTS Aromatherapy massage is effective in several medical disorders. Evidence for its benefit in cancer palliative care is encouraging. Aromatherapy1 employs a variety of scents as a means of attaining therapeutic goals on the body system. Common sources of aromatherapy include botanical oils such as rose, lemon, lavender, and peppermint. Aromatherapy is most widely used at home for stress and pain relief, although an increasing number of clinics and emergency rooms are starting to employ this strategy.2 It has been used in the management of…