AROMATERAPIA E SALUTE MENTALE E FISICA

L’aromaterapia è utilizzata dai pazienti con cancro principalmente come terapia di supporto per il benessere generale, ed insieme ad altri trattamenti complementari (ad esempio, massaggio e agopuntura ), così come con i trattamenti standard per la gestione dei sintomi.

Diversi studi hanno dimostrato l’effetto degli odori sul cervello e le emozioni.

Alcune ricerche hanno testato gli effetti degli olii essenziali sull’umore, vigilanza, e lo stress mentale nei soggetti sani.

Altri studi hanno valutato gli effetti dei vari odori sulle prestazioni delle attività, tempo di reazione, parametri autonomici, effetti diretti degli odori sul cervello tramite elettroencefalogramma e imaging funzionale. Tali studi hanno costantemente dimostrato che gli odori sono in grado di produrre effetti specifici neuropsicologici sull’essere umano, influenzando l’umore, la salute, l’eccitazione.

Queste ricerche suggeriscono che gli odori possono avere effetti salutistici nel contesto di condizioni psicologiche stressanti negative.

 

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