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Medicine has evolved from a ridged discipline which saw only one way to treat the sick and injured to a modern blend of many therapies and procedures. A new understanding of the value of what has become known as “alternative remedies” has given health professionals a greater number of powerful treatment tools to cure disease, chronic illness and end suffering. Dayton Medical Center provides a wide range of these alternative therapies, including aromatherapy.
Tricking the brain is the essence of how aromatherapy works. Aromatherapy is an old technique and it likely came about when ancient healers realized certain smells and oils concocted from naturally occurring herbal materials made people feel better when they were ill and worse when they are healthy. Likely through a combined process of trial and error, intuitive guess work and a primitive form of research, healers assembled remedies for common complaints like headaches, insomnia, minor wounds various aches and pains and even some aliments caused by disease organisms.
Before the application of scientific inquiry to the cause of bacterial, viral, and fungal agents as the cause of many aliments the application of the natural remedies found in oils and herbs were an accepted part of aromatherapy treatments. Many claims have been made for aromatherapy and the more sophisticated methods of research have been able to show that aromatherapy does provide tangible health benefits. As far as modern researchers have been able to determine, aromatherapy works by using the sense of smell to signal the brain to stimulate the limbic system, an area involved with the endocrine and autonomic nervous systems. Chemicals released by the limbic system promote can promote feelings of well-being and facilitate improved health. It has also been discovered that when some essential oils and other organic compounds are applied directly to the skin they can function as germicides or fungicides with little or none of the toxicity found in conventional medications.
But as medical knowledge evolved some of the benefits of alternative remedies were lost to us or pushed into dark corners by the prejudice and arrogance of more modern medical science. In addition wild claims for aromatherapy’s benefits made by quacks helped turn people away from proven remedies used by legitimate practitioners of this healing art. By the late 18th century aromatherapy and many other alternative remedies fell from favor in the United States.
But this was not the case worldwide. Aromatherapy continued to be used successfully in other countries. The record of aromatherapy’s success as an alternative means of treatment was gradually verified by increasingly sophisticated studies. The end result was that in many Western European countries aromatherapy became a component of mainstream medical treatment. The oils and herbs of aromatherapy have become respected to such a degree that in France many are only available by prescription from licensed a practitioner. herbal therapy
As a Miami medical center which can provide a broad range of progressive medical services to its patients, Dayton Medical Center has skilled aromatherapists on its staff in addition to professionals who represent many of the other disciplines in the fields of conventional treatment, complementary, and alternative remedies. By integrating a variety of alternative treatments, including aromatherapy, disease can be accurately evaluated and health can be repaired.