Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile liquid plant materials, known as essential oils EOs , and other aromatic compounds from plants for the purpose of affecting a person s mood or health. Scientific evidence is weak and preliminary but mildly encouraging for a limited number of claims. Essential oils differ in chemical composition from other herbal products because the distillation process only recovers the lighter phytomolecules. For this reason essential oils are rich in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, as well as other VOC substances esters, aromatic compounds, non-terpene hydrocarbons, some organic sulfides etc. . Aromatherapy is a generic term that refers to any of the various traditions that make use of essential oils sometimes in combination with other alternative medical practices and spiritual beliefs. Popular use of these products include massaging products, medicine, or any topical application that incorporates the use of essential oils to their products. It has a particularly Western currency and persuasion. Medical treatment involving aromatic compounds may exist outside of the West, but may or may not be included in the term aromatherapy .
Posted On : 4/8/2009 5:10:47 AM
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Aromatherapy heals in a easy and gentle way. and what s more, the treatment is aimed just not to solve the physical problems, but also the mental and emotional problems as well. romatherapy is one of the oldest forms of natural therapy practiced in India. Way back people used aromatic oils and plants to adorn their bodies and for physical and mental well being, for religious purposes. Even the ancient text on love Kamasutra has reference of using varied types of oils and herbs for treatment as well as for a mood upliftment. Aromatherapy is the precise art of using Essential Oils. These oils are the distilled vital essence of a plant with complex hydrocarbons, and are present in flowers, leaves, grass, roots, barks, seeds and fruit rind. A single drop of this essential oil, equivalent to an ounce of living plant, is highly potent. ikewise aromatherapy works subtly but steadily. Needless to say, it has a more holistic approach. Essential oils are like sacred gifts of nature. Very small amounts can work wonders for our bodies, stimulating, rejuvenating and balancing our delicate life-support system they literally spring the body back into action. The oils can be applied directly to the afflicted part of the body, or can be heated so that its fumes can be inhaled. They increase mental activity, stimulate positive feelings and control the negative ones, trigger pleasant memories, deodorize, bring calmness, energize and activate blood circulation and sexual feelings.
Posted On : 4/8/2009 10:38:28 PM
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One of the most powerful, but the least utilized, senses among humans is the sense of smell. Humans have the capability to distinguish 10,000 different smells. However dormant, different smells have a profound effect on the human mind and body. Aromatherapy is a tested science that employs essential oils to stimulate our sense of smell and bring in positive effects on both mind and body. It is a natural, healing modality employing essential oils extracted from aromatic plant sources to treat and balance the body, mind and spirit. Smell stimulates parts of our brain that control our emotions, moods, memory and learning. Smell reaches these parts of the brain through cilia, which are the fine hair lining the nose. However essential oils also work on the physical level. Research has validated that essential oils help our body fight against harmful bacteria and viruses, fungal infections, inflammation, rheumatism, toxicity, depression and much more besides the energizing effect they provide. Essential oils are made of chemical compositions, which, when reach the brain can exert specific effects on the mind and body. Each essential oil has its own healing property. These oils can be used in isolation or in different combinations depending on the different levels - physical, emotional and mental where the healing is to take place. This science has been recognized for its potent effects and is used widely in medicine the world over. Aromatherapy is a non-physically invasive alternative stream of medicine offering remedies not available with traditional medicine.
Posted On : 4/8/2009 10:47:51 PM
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Theory:- Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of disease by use of essential oils. Two basic mechanisms are offered to explain the purported effects. One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system. The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils. While precise knowledge of the synergy between the body and aromatic oils is often claimed by aromatherapists, the efficacy of aromatherapy remains to be proven. However, some preliminary clinical studies show positive effects. In the English-speaking world, practitioners tend to emphasize the use of oils in massage. Aromatherapy tends to be regarded as a complementary modality at best and a pseudoscientific fraud at worst. On the continent, especially in France, where it originated, aromatherapy is incorporated into mainstream medicine. There, the use of the antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties of oils in the control of infections is emphasized over the approaches familiar to North Americans. In France some essential oils are regulated as prescription drugs, and thus administered by a physician. French doctors use a technique called the aromatogram to guide their decision on which essential oil to use. First the doctor cultures a sample of infected tissue or secretion from the patient. Next the growing culture is divided among petri dishes supplied with agar. Each petri dish is inoculated with a different essential oil to determine which have the most activity against the target strain of microorganism. The antiseptic activity manifests as a pattern of inhibited growth. In many countries essential oils are included in the national pharmacopoeia, but up to the present moment aromatherapy as science has never been recognized as a valid branch of medicine in the United States, Russia, Germany, or Japan. Essential oils, phytoncides and other natural VOCs work in different ways. At the scent level they activate the limbic system and emotional centers of the brain. When applied to the skin commonly in form of massage oils i.e. 1-10% solutions of EO in carrier oil they activate thermal receptors, and kill microbes and fungi. Internal application of essential oil preparations mainly in pharmacological drugs generally not recommended for home use apart from dilution - 1-5% in fats or mineral oils, or hydrosoles may stimulate the immune system.
Posted On : 4/8/2009 11:19:43 PM
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Aromatherapy has also been used for many centuries in India. Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, uses dried and fresh herbs, as well as aromatic massage as important aspects of treatment. Aromatherapy is a famous traditional healing in India. This method of treatment is widely known as the therapeutic use of essential oils to refresh the body. Aromatherapy in India is not something new as it has been around for over 6000 years. Here in India and in other parts of ancient civilizations of the East, plant essences were used for their fragrance to purify the air. Agarbatis and dhoop incense sticks are still in use today as they were used in ancient times in India. ant products such as leaves, flowers, roots, seeds, bark and resin contained essential oils with each essential oil having as much as 100 chemical components and if combined can exert a strong effect on the whole person. Depending on which component is predominating in an oil, the oils act differently. Some oils gives a relaxing feeling, some soothing while some relieve pain and importantly, these oils leave no harmful residues. It is a common knowledge that aromatherapy is especially effective for stress, anxiety and psychosomatic induced problems, muscular and rheumatic pains, digestive disorders and gynecological problems such as PMS, menopausal complaints and postnatal depression.