Aromatherapy Attacked by Psychologist
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Aromatherapy Directory Another study is in the news today trying to debunk complementary therapies. Dr Neil Martin, of Middlesex University, a psychologist who specialises in the power of scent, has described Aromatherapy as a "New Age marketing con" that does nothing more than burn a hole in your pocket!
In Dr Martin's study, volunteers plunged their arms into freezing water to see if a pleasant lemon smell could mitigate their discomfort, or if the unpleasant smell of machine oil would make it worse.
Carol Preen, secretary of the Aromatherapy Consortium, said:
"This research did not involve aromatherapy because they simply used a certain smell to gain an effect. Aromatherapy is so much more than that and I do not see how they can say that this proves it does not work. Aromatherapy is not a cure, and no one would ever make that claim, but there is a wealth of scientific research published in journals to show that it can be beneficial. It can lift mood, alleviate pain and helps very many people. It is already being used in hospitals and hospices, and when regulation comes in later this year GPs will be able to refer patients to a registered practitioner."
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