Pseudoscience Dictionary: Aroma Therapy
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Pseudoscience: Consists of statements, beliefs, or practices that are claimed to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the scientific method (unproven, not testable, or opposed to the consensus of traditional science).
Reasoning: Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.
Scientific evidence for Aromatherapy is considered to be limited in some areas. Research to support the use of Aromatherapy in treating Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and heart disease are lacking.
Many essential oils have been shown to be safe when used as directed. However, the essential oils used in aromatherapy aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
When oils are applied to the skin, side effects may include allergic reactions, skin irritation, and sun sensitivity. In addition, further research is needed to determine how essential oils might affect children and how the oils might affect women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, as well as how the oils might interact with medications and other treatments.
According to studies, evidence points to a placebo effect only with Aromatherapy.
Conclusion: Aromatherapy appears to have limited risk, however evidence suggests that any benefits derived through Aromatherapy are the result of a placebo effect.