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Aromatherapy and cancer

MD Anderson Cancer center researchers have found aromatherapy can complement cancer treatment by boosting the system’s ability to fight off infections.

Houston, TX

  • Certain oils can also stimulate lymphatic drainage or have antibacterial properties. Since it has many potential uses ranging from managing anxiety and nausea to helping with sleep, general relaxation, memory and attention, many individuals, including cancer patients, can benefit from aromatherapy.
  • There are a variety of different products and methods of diffusion to obtain the healing benefits of oils. Some oils – like lavender, ylang ylang and sandalwood can be applied directly to the skin – while others are too concentrated and need to be diluted into carriers such as massage oils, bath soaps and lotions.
  • Lavender – First used as perfume by ancient Egyptians 2,500 years ago, lavender is now used to treat insomnia, migraines and provide stress relief.
  • Rosemary – This fragrant plant relieves muscle pain, low blood pressure and cold feet and hands.
  • Spearmint – The oil from spearmint aids digestion and eases nausea and vomiting.
  • Masculine scents – Scents such as bay laurel and ylang-ylang appeal to men for their deep scent. They also treat skin rashes, rheumatism and stomach ailments.
  • MD Anderson is located in Houston and was designated by the National Cancer  Institute as one of the first three Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United     States. For 4 of the last 7 years, MD Anderson Cancer Center has ranked number       one in cancer care in “America’s Best Hospitals,” a survey published annually in U.S. News & World Report. MD Anderson has provided care for more than 600,000 cancer patients since 1944.

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Cherie Perez, a supervising research nurse in the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, teaches a monthly aromatherapy class to answer questions for cancer patients and caregivers undergoing treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“The nature of aromatherapy makes it challenging to study due to the fact that it is difficult to create a placebo and every person is different in their nasal sensitivities and skin absorption rates,” says Perez

“While essential oils may not directly stimulate the immune system, they can complement cancer treatment by boosting the system’s ability to fight off infections,” says Perez.

MD Anderson is located in Houston and was designated by the National Cancer Institute as one of the first three Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States. For 4 of the last 7 years, MD Anderson Cancer Center has ranked number one in cancer care in “America’s Best Hospitals,” a survey published annually in U.S. News & World Report. MD Anderson has provided care for more than 600,000 cancer patients since 1944..

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