Aromatherapy Relieves pain
There can be something comforting abut certain smells and new research from the The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center may shed more light on how aromatherapy relieves pain.
A noninvasive approach using aromatherapy and reflexology can dramatically reduce pain and anxiety for women undergoing cervical radiation therapy, according to preliminary data from a clinical study underway at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).
Previously reported data suggests that 40 percent of women undergoing cervical radiation therapy experience such significant pain and anxiety that they develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
For this clinical study, researchers wanted to know if integrative medicine approaches like aromatherapy and reflexology could reduce pain and anxiety commonly experienced by women undergoing brachytherapy. This type of targeted radiation is a highly effective treatment for several types of cancer that occur deep within the body. The source of the radiation is placed next to the tumor itself and avoids radiation exposure to adjacent normal tissues.
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