Lavender Aromatherapy to Reduce Preoperative Anxiety in Surgery Patients

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New study reports that lavender aromatherapy can reduce preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients undergoing procedures in general otolaryngology.

I total of 100 patients participated in the study. Group of participants received inhalation lavender aromatherapy in the preoperative waiting area while the control group received standard nursing care. Both groups reported their anxiety with a visual analog scale upon arriving. Aromatherapy treatment helps to improve our body functions, mood, and mental health. It is also commonly known relaxation treatment that uses essential oils extracted from flowers, seeds, barks, herbs, and roots. It can be used to treat insomnia, depression, improve blood pressure, and relive pain.

According to Aroma Chemicals Market report published by Coherent Market Insights, Aroma chemicals are a mixture of synthetic or natural ingredients that are added to various substances to obtain the desired fragrance. These chemical compounds help substantially in manufacture of flavor used in the preparation of food for the enhancement of flavor. Aroma chemicals have wide range of application and are mostly found in food, spices, wine, perfumes, detergents, soaps, and fragrance oils. A range of essential oils have been found to have various degrees of antimicrobial  activity and are believed to have antiviral, antifungal, insecticidal, and antioxidants  properties. Aromatherapy applications include massage, topical applications, and inhalation.

These are also added to odorless gases to incorporate distinct smell. These oils have properties, which can enhance neural functions aiding in treatment of various neural disorders. “Preoperative anxiety is associated with increased use of narcotics and anesthetics, prolonged duration of hospitalization, and reduced ability to fight infection and comprehend information about surgery,” said senior author Ashutosh Kacker, MD of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College. “Given the simplicity, safety, and cost-effectiveness of aromatherapy, healthcare providers should consider its use for managing this common problem.”

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