Use of aromatherapy (with or without hypnosis) in the treatment of intractable epilepsy

By TIM BETTS — From elsevierhealth.com Published at September 13, 2011 Views 1,068 Comments 1 Likes 3

We have been trying the effect of aromatherapy (with or without hypnosis) in patients with intractable epilepsy who ask for it.
This is a report of the first 100 patients to try the treatment, followed up for at least two years after the treatment ended.
It is important to remember that this was a treatment for people who had asked for it and for whom time and a therapist was
available. It was not a controlled trial but was carried out when we could and at a time when we were experimenting with the
best way of using it. Results must therefore be treated with caution and with due regard to other therapeutic factors that may
be implicated in the results, both good and bad. We assume that the result (with over a third of the patients using aromatherapy
with or without hypnosis becoming seizure free for at least a year) as being the best that could be achieved and likely to be less
in a properly controlled trial. Of the three treatments tried (aromatherapy on its own, aromatherapy plus hypnosis and hypnosis
without aromatherapy), aromatherapy plus hypnosis seems to have had the best and most lasting effect (a third of patients still
seizure free at two years), but was the most labour intensive and needed medical therapist input. Aromatherapy itself might be
best reserved as a short-term treatment for people going through a bad time with their seizures. A fuller and more lasting effect
may be obtained with aromatherapy plus hypnosis, but this needs a patient who is prepared to put much time and personal effort
into the treatment.

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leana1967
leana1967 September 15, 2011 at 9:48 am   

i love aromatherapy i have a candle warmer that you just put the wax into and it melts ahh it melts away your stress to it is so good i love it